Seth Wakeman

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Seth Wakeman, New York Congressman

Seth Wakeman (January 15, 1811 – January 4, 1880) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Wakeman was born in Franklin, Vermont, the son of Nathan Wakeman and Phoebe Johnston. Nathan Wakeman's family soon moved to Pembroke, New York. He joined the New York Militia for the War of 1812, and died in Malone, New York while on military duty.

Seth Wakeman attended the common schools in Pembroke. He served as a constable and justice of the peace, and studied law.

He was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Batavia, New York. A Whig, he served in other offices, including Genesee County Treasurer, and from 1850 to 1856 he was Genesee County District Attorney.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Genesee Co, 1st D.) in 1856 and 1857.

He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1867 and 1868.

Wakeman was elected as a Republican to the 42nd United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1871, to March 3, 1873. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law.

He died in Batavia, New York, January 4, 1880. He was interred in Elmwood Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Seth Wakeman (id: W000028)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Seth Wakeman at Find a Grave
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Ambrose Stevens
New York State Assembly
Genesee County, 1st District

Succeeded by
district eliminated
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Fisher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 29th congressional district

Succeeded by
Freeman Clarke

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website