Waldo Hutchins

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Photographs of the Officers and Members of the Constitutional Convention of the State of New York, 1867.

Waldo Hutchins (September 30, 1822 – February 8, 1891) was a New York attorney, businesssman and politician. He served in the New York State Assembly and as a Member of Congress.


Born in Brooklyn, Connecticut, Hutchins graduated from Amherst College in 1842.[1] He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in New York City.[1]

He served as member of the New York State Assembly in 1852.[1] From 1857 to 1869 Hutchins was a member of the Central Park board of commissioners.[1] He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1867.[1]

Hutchins was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alexander Smith.[2] He was reelected to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses and served from November 4, 1879 to March 3, 1885.[3] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1884 and resumed the practice of law in New York City.

In 1887, Hutchins was again appointed to New York City's Central Park Commission.[1] He served until his death in New York City on February 8, 1891.[1] He was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.[4]

There is a bench in his memory near Conservatory Water, Central Park.[5]


Hutchins was married to Elizabeth Ellsworth, the daughter of William Wolcott Ellsworth and granddaughter of Oliver Ellsworth.[1] They were the parents of four children -- Julia Sterling (1855-1930), Augustus Schell (1856-1948), Waldo (1858-1933), and William Ellsworth (1861-1916).[1][6]





  • "Waldo Hutchins Bench". Central Park Attractions. New York, NY: Central Park Conservancy. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 



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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clarkson Nott Potter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th congressional district

November 4, 1879 – March 3, 1885
Succeeded by
Abraham Dowdney

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.