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Roscoe Conkling

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Roscoe Conkling, American senator. awards system induced him to withdraw support of Hayes during Republican National Conv.

Background

Conkling, Roscoe was born on October 30, 1829 in Albany, New York, United States. Son of Alfred and Eliza (Cockburn) Conkling.

Education

Attended Mount Washington Collegiate Institute, New York City, 1842-1846.

Career

Admitted to New York bar, 1850. District attorney Albany, 1850. Mayor Utica, New York, 1858-1859.

Member United States House of Representatives from New York, 35th-37th, 39th congresses, 1859-1863, 65-67. Member United States Senate from New York, 1867-1881, opposed policies of President Rutherford B. Hayes, policies on civil service and awards system induced him to withdraw support of Hayes during Republican National Convention, 1880, resigned from Senate in protest of President Garfield’s policies, 1881. Closely affiliated with Ulysses S. Grant’s New York political machine.

Membership

Member United States House of Representatives from New York, 35th-37th, 39th congresses, 1859-1863, 65-67. Member United States Senate from New York, 1867-1881, opposed policies of President Rutherford B. Hayes, policies on civil service and awards system induced him to withdraw support of Hayes during Republican National Convention, 1880, resigned from Senate in protest of President Garfield’s policies, 1881.

Connections

Married Julia Seymour, June 25, 1855.

father:
Alfred Conkling

mother:
Eliza (Cockburn) Conkling

spouse:
Julia Seymour