Rufus Palen

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Rufus Palen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841
Preceded by John C. Brodhead
Succeeded by John Van Buren
Personal details
Born (1807-02-25)February 25, 1807
Palenville, New York, U.S.
Died April 26, 1844(1844-04-26) (aged 37)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Resting place Old Cemetery
Palenville, New York
Citizenship US
Political party Whig
Profession Manufacturer

Rufus Palen (February 25, 1807 – April 26, 1844) was an American manufacturer and politician in the U.S. state of New York. He represented New York in the United States House of Representatives.


Palen was born in Palenville, New York and moved with his family as a child to Fallsburg.[1] He received limited schooling and became engaged in the manufacture of leather.

He held several political offices in New York, and was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth Congress, serving from March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841.[2]

He died in New York City on April 26, 1844.[3] He is interred in the Old Cemetery in Palenville, New York.


  1. ^ United States. Government Printing Office (1918). Congressional serial set. U.S. G.P.O. p. 905. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  2. ^ United States. Congress, and Enyart, O. M. (1903). A Biographical Congressional Directory, 1774 to 1903: The Continental Congress: September 5, 1774, to October 21, 1788, Inclusive. The United States Congress: the First Congress to the Fifty-seventh Congress, March 4, 1903, Inclusive. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 130. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Congressional Quarterly, inc (2009). American Political Leaders 1789-2009. CQ Press. p. 210. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John C. Brodhead
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

1839 - 1841
Succeeded by
John Van Buren

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