William Collins (representative)

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William Collins, Congressman from New York

William Collins (February 22, 1818 – June 18, 1878) was a United States Representative from New York.

Collins was born in Lowville on February 22, 1818, and was the son of Congressman Ela Collins and Maria Clinton Collins.

He studied law with his father, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Lowville. He served as district attorney for Lewis County from March 1845 until March 1847, when he resigned because he had been elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1848.

In November 1847, William Collins married Jane Kelley; they had seven children.[1]

Collins moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1853 and continued the practice of law, and also engaged in banking and business. He served as a director of the Lake Shore Railroad and East Cleveland Railroad. He affiliated with the Republican Party upon its organization in 1856, and died in Cleveland on June 18, 1878. His interment was in Lake View Cemetery.


  1. ^ "Finding Aid to the Collins Family Papers, 1799-1940". New York State Library web site. New York State Library. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 


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

Succeeded by
Preston King