John Van Voorhis, American lawyer. member of the board education, Rochester. 1857, city attorney, 1859; member Congress, 1879-1883, 1893-1895.
Voorhis, John Van was born on October 22, 1826 in Decatur, New York, United States. Son of John Van V. (a descendant of Dutch settlers of New York, 1660).
Educated Genessee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima, New York, East Mendon, New York, Academy. Studied law at Rochester. Admitted to bar, 1852.
He was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the 28th District of New York and held that office from September 1, 1862, to March 31, 1863. He was a delegate to the 1864 Republican National Convention. Van Voorhis was elected as a Republican to the 46th and 47th United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1879, to March 3, 1883.
He was Chairman of the Committee on Mines and Mining (47th Congress). Afterwards he resumed the practice of law in Rochester. He was elected to the 53rd United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1893, to March 3, 1895.
Afterwards he resumed again the practice of law in Rochester.
Member of the board education, Rochester. 1857, city attorney, 1859. Member Congress, 1879-1883, 1893-1895.