Jacob LeFever

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Jacob LeFever, New York Congressman.

Jacob LeFever (April 20, 1830 – February 4, 1905) was a U.S. Representative from New York.


Jacob LeFever was born in New Paltz, New York on April 20, 1830. He was educated at New Paltz Academy and Amenia Seminary. He operated a successful farm, and became a prominent businessman and banker. He was an officer of the Huguenot National Bank, a member of the board of directors of the New Paltz Savings Bank, and a member of the board of directors of the Wallkill Valley Railroad.

A Republican, LeFever served as Town Supervisor of New Paltz in 1861 and 1862, which also made him a member of the Ulster County Board of Supervisors.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Ulster Co., 2nd D.) in 1863, 1864, 1865 and 1867.

LeFever was a delegate to numerous Republican state conventions, and was a delegate to the 1888 Republican National Convention.

LeFever was elected as a to the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1897). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress.

He served as president of the Huguenot National Bank from 1875 until his death. He died in New Paltz on February 4, 1905, and was interred in New Paltz Rural Cemetery.

Jacob LeFever was the father of Frank Jacob Le Fevre, who also served in Congress.

Although he usually spelled his name as "LeFever", it appears variously in contemporary records and news accounts as "Le Fever", "Le Fevre", and "LeFevre."


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John A. Quackenbush
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
John H. Ketcham

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.