Solomon G. Haven

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Solomon G. Haven
Portrait of Solomon G. Haven
Mayor of Buffalo
In office
Preceded by Joseph G. Masten
Succeeded by Elbridge G. Spaulding
U.S. House of Representatives, New York's 32nd congressional district
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1857
Preceded by Elbridge G. Spaulding
Succeeded by Israel T. Hatch
Personal details
Born November 27, 1810
Guilford, New York
Died December 24, 1861(1861-12-24) (aged 51)
Buffalo, New York
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Harriett N. Scott
Children four children

Solomon George Haven (November 27, 1810 – December 24, 1861) was a U.S. Representative from New York and Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York, serving in 1846–1847.


He was born in Guilford, New York on November 27, 1810. He taught school and studied law and on January 10, 1835, moved to Buffalo and finished his studies in the law offices of Fillmore & Hall, the partnership of Millard Fillmore and Nathan K. Hall, later becoming a partner. On May 2, 1838 Haven married Harriett N. Scott. In 1843 he was appointed district attorney of Erie County.[1]

On March 3, 1846, he was elected mayor of Buffalo. During his term, the city charter was amended to give the mayor veto power and the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser was designated as the newspaper of the city. On March 9, 1847, Haven's term as mayor ended.[1]

Haven was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses, and reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1857).

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress and for election in 1860 to the Thirty-seventh Congress. He engaged in the practice of his profession until his death in Buffalo, New York, December 24, 1861. He was interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b "Solomon G. Haven". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Ketchum
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
Succeeded by
Elbridge G. Spaulding
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elbridge G. Spaulding
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Israel T. Hatch

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website