- William Dorsheimer
He was the son of
Philip Dorsheimer. He studied at Yale Collegefrom 1849 to 1851, but left without graduating because of a protracted illness. Then he removed to Buffalo, New York, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1854. In 1859, he formed a partnership with Solomon G. Haven.
In 1861, he joined the
Union Armyas an aide-de-campwith the rank of majorand served on the staff of General John C. Frémont, but after three months returned to civilian life.
From 1867 to 1871, as a Republican, he was
United States Attorneyfor the Northern District of New York.
He was a delegate to the 1872 Liberal-Republican National Convention at
Cincinnati, Ohio, and afterwards became a Democrat. He was Lieutenant Governor of New Yorkfrom 1875 to 1879, and a delegate to the 1876 Democratic National Convention. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law in partnership with David Dudley Fieldin New York City.
He was elected as a Democrat to the
48th United States Congressand served from March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1885. In 1884, he published a biography of Grover Cleveland, the Democratic candidate for the presidency, and in July 1885, was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York which office he resigned in March 1886.
In 1885, he purchased the "New York Star" and began its publication as a daily paper on September 15. He was one of the founders of the
Buffalo Fine Arts Academyand the Buffalo Historical Society.
He was buried at the
Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo.
* [http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9A00E3DA123AE63BBC4953DFBF66838D669FDE] Sketches of the candidates for state office, in NYT on September 1, 1876
* [http://www.archivaria.com/GdDbios/GdD7.html] Bios of German-Americans in Buffalo
* [http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/dorsh-dougher.html] Political Graveyard
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