David M. De Witt

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David M. De Witt
David Miller De Witt.jpg
New York State Assembly (Ulster Co., 2nd D.)
In office
1883
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded byEli Perry
Succeeded byGeorge M. Beebe
District attorney of Ulster County
In office
1863–1870
Personal details
BornNovember 25, 1837
Paterson, New Jersey, United States
DiedJune 23, 1912(1912-06-23) (aged 74)
Kingston, New York, United States
Resting placeWiltwyck Rural Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
EducationRutgers College
OccupationAttorney, politician

David Miller De Witt (November 25, 1837 – June 23, 1912) was a U.S. Representative from New York.[1]

Life[edit]

Born in Paterson, New Jersey, De Witt moved to New York in 1845 with his parents, who settled in Brooklyn. As a youth, De Witt attended the public schools of Brooklyn, a select school at Saugerties, and the local academy at Kingston. He was graduated from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1858, where he studied law. De Witt was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Kingston, New York. Principal of New Paltz Academy (later a State normal school) in 1861 and 1862. He served as district attorney of Ulster County 1863–1870. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection.

De Witt was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875). He was not a candidate for renomination. He resumed the practice of law and also engaged in literary pursuits, including The Judicial Murder of Mary E. Surratt (1895), The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (1898), and The impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson (1903). From 1878 to 1881, he served as assistant corporation counsel of Brooklyn, New York He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Ulster Co., 2nd D.) in 1883. Corporation counsel of Kingston in 1884. Surrogate of Ulster County from November 20, 1885, to December 31, 1886. He again engaged in the practice of law. He died in Kingston, New York, June 23, 1912. He was interred in Wiltwyck Rural Cemetery.

See also[edit]

  • United States Congress. "David M. De Witt (id: D000285)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rep. David De Witt". govtrack.us.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Eli Perry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district

1873–1875
Succeeded by
George M. Beebe

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.