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Charles Humphrey

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Charles Humphrey February 14, 1792 – April 17, 1850, was an American lawyer and politician who served as United States Representative from New York


He was born in Little Britain, Orange County, New York, but moved to Newburgh, New York, at an early age and attended the Newburgh Academy Then he studied law He entered the United States Army at the beginning of the War of 1812 as First Sergeant of Newburgh Company Number Five He was commissioned a captain in the Forty-first Regiment, United States Infantry, on August 15, 1813 After the war he resumed the study of law, and was admitted to the bar in Newburgh, New York on January 11, 1816 He moved to Ithaca, New York in 1818, and engaged in the practice of law

Humphrey was elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth Congress, and served from March 4, 1825 to March 3, 1827

He served as president of the village of Ithaca in 1828 and 1829 He was elected Surrogate of Tompkins County, New York, and served from March 4, 1831, to January 8, 1834

He was a member from Tompkins County of the New York State Assembly from 1834 to 1836, when he was active in studying prison reform as well as education, and in 1842, and was Speaker in 1835 and 1836

He was appointed clerk of the New York Supreme Court in 1843 and held that position until 1847

Humphrey married Ann Eliza Belknap 1797–1861 in Newburgh, New York in 1816 The couple had seven children, three of whom survived to adulthood: William Ross Humphrey 1820–1901, Charles D Humphrey 1832–1870, and Sarah B Humphrey Judd 1835–19041

He died in Albany, Albany County, New York, and was buried at the City Cemetery in Ithaca, NY

Charles Humphrey is the namesake of Humphrey, New York2


  1. ^ "Finding Aid to the Charles Humphrey Papers, 1810–1849" New York State Library New York State Library Retrieved 24 September 2014 
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry 1905 The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States Govt Print Off p 163 
  • United States Congress "Charles Humphrey id: H000950" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress  Retrieved on 2009-5-16
  • 1 Political Graveyard
  • 2 Google Books = John Stilwell Jenkins: History of Political Parties in the State of New-York Alden & Markham, Auburn NY, 1846

Selkreg, John H, Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York Syracuse: D Mason & Company, 1894

US House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Lawrence
Member of the US House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

Succeeded by
David Woodcock
Political offices
Preceded by
William Baker, Jr
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Edward Livingston

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