John B. Halsted

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John B. Halsted (born November 7, 1798 in Pittston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania) was an American merchant and politician from New York.


His parents removed in 1795 from Orange County, New York to Pittston, and returned in 1817 to New York, settling in Ontario County.

He attended the common district school, and then taught school during the winter, and became a carpenter and joiner. About 1822, he began the study of medicine, but abandoned this after a short time, and became a merchant. About 1827, he removed to Castile, then in Genesee County, since 1841 in Wyoming County, New York. On October 26, 1832, he married Eunice Talcott (b. 1807), but they had no children.

Halsted was a Whig, and joined the Republican Party upon its foundation in 1855. He was a member of the New York State Senate (30th D.) from 1856 to 1859, sitting in the 79th, 80th, 81st and 82nd New York State Legislature, and was elected President pro tempore of the State Senate in 1858 (81st Session). He was Collector of Internal Revenue for New York's 29th District, appointed by President Abraham Lincoln.


New York State Senate
Preceded by
Martin Butts
New York State Senate
30th District

Succeeded by
David H. Abell