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Encyclopedia > Roscoe Conkling

Roscoe Conkling (October 30, 1829April 18, 1888) was a United States politician from New York. He served both as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and as a U.S. Senator.


He was born in Albany, New York the son of Alfred Conkling who served as a Federal judge and brother of Frederick Augustus Conkling who also served in the House of Representatives.

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Roscoe Conkling, U.S. Congressman and Senator

He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1850. He began a practice in Utica, New York then. He served as the district attorney for Oneida County in 1850; mayor of Utica 1858; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Thirty-seventh Congress); unsuccessful candidate in 1862 for reelection; elected to the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses and served from March 4, 1865, until he resigned to become Senator, effective March 4, 1867; elected in 1867 as a Republican to the United States Senate; reelected in 1873 and again in 1879 and served from March 4, 1867, until May 16, 1881, when he resigned as a protest against the federal appointments made in New York State; was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by his own resignation; chairman, Committee on Revision of the Laws of the United States (Fortieth through Forty-third Congresses), Committee on Commerce (Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth, and Forty-seventh Congresses), Committee on Engrossed Bills (Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses); resumed the practice of law in New York City; declined to accept a nomination to the United States Supreme Court in 1882; died in New York City, on April 18, 1888; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica, N.Y.


This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


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Roscoe Conkling - LoveToKnow 1911 (508 words)
ROSCOE CONKLING (1829-1888), American lawyer and political leader, was born in Albany, New York, on the 30th of October 1829.
He was the son of Alfred Conkling (1789-1874), who was a representative in Congress from New York in 1821-1823, a Federal district judge in 1825-1852, and U.S. minister to Mexico in 1852-1853.
Roscoe Conkling was admitted to the bar at Utica, New York, in 1850, was appointed district-attorney of Oneida (disambiguation)Oneida county in the same year, and soon attained success in the practice of his profession.
Roscoe Arbuckle (368 words)
Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle (March 24, 1887 - January 29, 1933) was an American silent film comedian who gained the nickname "Fatty" from his portly frame and who is best known for his involvement in the "Fatty Arbuckle scandal".
Roscoe Arbuckle's career is seen by many film historians as one of the great tragedies of Hollywood.
Roscoe was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean by his third wife Addie McPhail, although it was erronously reported that he had been interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
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