Edward Curtis (politician)

Edward Curtis (politician)

Edward Curtis (October 25, 1801 - August 2, 1856), was a Representative from New York, born in Windsor, Vermont. He servedas Collector of the Port of New York beginning on March 23, 1841. His term lasted three years, three months, and eighteen days. ["The New Collector Talks", New York Times, July 31, 1891, pg. 8.]

Education and career

He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, in 1823. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1824. He began practice in New York City along with his brother George Curtis. The two formed a partnership with Judge Daniel B. Talmadge.

In 1834 Curtis became a member of the common council from the Third Ward of New York City. He was voted president of the board of assistant aldermen as a representative of the Whig Party (United States). His opponent in this political contest was James R. Whiting of the Democratic Party (United States).

He was elected to the Twenty-fifth Congress and Twenty-sixth Congress, (March 4, 1837 and March 3, 1841). He was chosen chairman of the Committee of Commerce. Curtis was not a candidate for renomination.

He was appointed Collector of the Port of New York City by William Henry Harrison, and served until July 7, 1844. Curtis was removed as collector by John Tyler. Afterward he resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C..


He died in New York City on August 2, 1856. His death followed a lingering illness."Death of Hon. Edward Curtis", New York Times, August 5, 1856, pg. 4.] His place of burial is unknown.


*"Biographical Directory of the American Congress"

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