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Erastus Brooks

Erastus Brooks, American journalist, state legislator. member Know-Nothing Nominating Convention, 1856; member Constitutional-Union Party Convention that hominated Bell and Everett, 1860; member of New York State Constitutional Convention, 1866-1867; member Constitutional Commission, 1872-1873; member of New York Assembly from Richmond County, 5 terms.

Background

  • He died of "inflamation of the bladder, pleurisy, and pneumonia" .

  • Education

    • He attended Brown University for two years, at the same time working as a printer to support himself and pay for tuition, but due to his financial distress did not graduate.

      Left college to begin newspaper Yankee, Wiscasset, Maine

    Career

    • To begin newspaper Yankee, Wiscasset, Maine. Taught school, Haverhill, Massachusetts, for short time. Editor, owner Haverhill Gazette.

      Reporter Portland Advertiser. Moved to Washington, District of Columbia, 1835. Contributor articles New York Daily Advertiser, Boston Transcript, Baltimore American, St. Louis Republican, others.

      Became editor Portland Advertiser, 1840. Traveled from Southern tip of Africa to Moscow, Russia, sent back regular reports, 1843. Editor (with his brother James) New York Express, until 1877, actively opposed Catholic exemption from tax.

      Became member of New York State Senate (Know-Nothing Party), 1853. Unsuccessful Know-Nothing candidate for government New York, 1856. Member Know-Nothing Nominating Convention, 1856.

      Member Constitutional-Union Party Convention that hominated Bell and Everett, 1860. Member of New York State Constitutional Convention, 1866-1867. Member Constitutional Commission, 1872-1873.

      Member of New York Assembly from Richmond County, 5 terms.

    Major achievements

    • He contributed to articles of New York Daily Advertiser, Boston Transcript, Baltimore American, St. Louis Republican and others



      Traveled from Southern tip of Africa to Moscow, Russia and sent back regular reports, 1843;
    • Erastus Brooks was a member of the New York State Senate (6th D.), first elected as a Whig, from 1854 to 1857, sitting in the 77th, 78th, 79th and 80th New York State Legislatures.
    • He was a delegate to the American Party national convention of 1856 in Philadelphia which nominated the Millard Fillmore/Andrew J. Donelson ticket for the United States presidential election, 1856.
    • At the New York state election, 1856, he ran on the American Party ticket for Governor of New York, but was defeated by Republican John A. King.
    • Brooks was a delegate to the Constitutional Union national convention of 1860 in Baltimore which nominated the John Bell/Edward Everett ticket for the United States presidential election, 1860.
    • He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Richmond Company) in 1878, 1879, 1881, 1882 and 1883. He was the Democratic minority candidate for Speaker in 1878, 1879 and 1881; and Permanent Chairman of the Democratic state convention of 1881.

    Religion

    actively opposed Catholic exemption from tax

    Membership

    Member Know-Nothing Nominating Convention, 1856. Member Constitutional-Union Party Convention that hominated Bell and Everett, 1860. Member of New York State Constitutional Convention, 1866-1867.

    Member Constitutional Commission, 1872-1873. Member of New York Assembly from Richmond County, 5 terms.

    Connections

    • Married Margaret Dawes.
    • father: James Brooks
      Capt. James Brooks commanded the privateer Yankee during the War of 1812, and was lost at sea near the end of 1814.
    • mother: Elizabeth (Folsom) Brooks
    • brother: Margaret Dawes
      He was one of the founders of the New York Daily Express and Erastus wrote articles and editorials for the paper.
    • Wife: Margaret Dawes
    Erastus Brooks
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    Born January 13, 1815
    Died November 25, 1886
    (aged 71)
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    • 1877
      editor (with his brother James), New York Express
    • 1840
      editor, Portland Advertiser
    • 1853
      member, New York State Senate (Know-Nothing Party)
    • 1856
      unsuccessful candidate for government, Know-Nothing party, New York
    • 1856
      member, Know-Nothing Nominating Conveyance
    • 1860
      member, Constitutional-Union Party Conveyance that hominated Bell and Everett
    • 1866 - 1867
      member, New York State Constitutional Conveyance
    • 1872 - 1873
      member, Constitutional Commission

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    • General Info
    • Career
      • Portland Advertiser
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      • New York Express
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      • New York State Senate (Know-Nothing Party)
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      • Know-Nothing party, New York
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      • Know-Nothing Nominating Conveyance
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      • Constitutional-Union Party Conveyance that hominated Bell and Everett
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      • New York State Constitutional Conveyance
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      • Constitutional Commission
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    • Major Achievements
      • He contributed to articles of New York Daily Advertiser, Boston Transcript, Baltimore American, St. Louis Republican and others Traveled from Southern tip of Africa to Moscow, Russia and sent back regular reports, 1843;
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      • Erastus Brooks was a member of the New York State Senate (6th D.), first elected as a Whig, from 1854 to 1857, sitting in the 77th, 78th, 79th and 80th New York State Legislatures.
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      • He was a delegate to the American Party national convention of 1856 in Philadelphia which nominated the Millard Fillmore/Andrew J. Donelson ticket for the United States presidential election, 1856.
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      • At the New York state election, 1856, he ran on the American Party ticket for Governor of New York, but was defeated by Republican John A. King.
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      • Brooks was a delegate to the Constitutional Union national convention of 1860 in Baltimore which nominated the John Bell/Edward Everett ticket for the United States presidential election, 1860.
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      • He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Richmond Company) in 1878, 1879, 1881, 1882 and 1883. He was the Democratic minority candidate for Speaker in 1878, 1879 and 1881; and Permanent Chairman of the Democratic state convention of 1881.
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      • James Brooks
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      • Elizabeth (Folsom) Brooks
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      • Margaret Dawes
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      • Margaret Dawes
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