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Charles Henry Van Wyck

Charles Henry Van Wyck, American senator, congressman. member United States House of Representatives (Republican) from New York, 36th-37th, 40th-41st congresses, 1859-1863, 67-71; member Nebraska Senate, 1877-1881; member United States Senate (Republican) from Nebraska, 1881-1887.

Background

  • Wyck, Charles Henry Van was born on May 10, 1824 in Poughkeepsie, New York, United States. Son of Doctor Theodorus C. and Elizabeth (Mason) Van Wyck.

  • Education

    • Graduate with highest honors Rutgers, 1843.

    Career

    • Admitted to bar, 1847. District attorney Sullivan County (New York), 1850-1856. Member United States House of Representatives (Republican) from New York, 36th-37th, 40th-41st congresses, 1859-1863, 67-71.

      Commanded 56th New York Volunteers in Civil War, 1861-1865, promoted brigadier general, 1865. Moved to Nebraska City, Nebraska, 1874. Attended Nebraska Constitutional Convention, 1875.

      Member Nebraska Senate, 1877-1881. Member United States Senate (Republican) from Nebraska, 1881-1887. Active in Farmer’s Alliance, Populist movements.

      Unsuccessful Populist candidate for Nebraska Senate, 1894.

    Membership

    Member United States House of Representatives (Republican) from New York, 36th-37th, 40th-41st congresses, 1859-1863, 67-71. Member Nebraska Senate, 1877-1881. Member United States Senate (Republican) from Nebraska, 1881-1887.

    Connections

    • Married Kate Brodhead, September 15, 1869, at least 1 daughter.
    • father: Doctor Theodorus C. Wyck
    • mother: Elizabeth (Mason) Van Wyck
    • spouse: Kate Brodhead
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    Died October 24, 1895
    (aged 71)
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