U.S. Congressman. Successful in steel manufacture and mercantile pursuits, he was the Mayor of Troy, New York, in 1855. He also served as president of the Troy & Lansingburgh Railroad Company, the Troy & Cohoes Railroad Company and the New Orleans, Mobile & Texas Railroad Company. During the early part of the Civil War, his factory built the USS Monitor for the Union Military which defeated the Confederate Merrimac in a naval battle in 1862. In 1863, he was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress, reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses, serving until 1869. After leaving Congress, he served as regent of the New York State University, until his death from liver disease at age 53.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith