Waldo Hutchins

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Waldo Hutchins
Waldo Hutchins (New York Congressman).jpg
Photographs of the Officers and Members of the Constitutional Convention of the State of New York, 1867.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th district
In office
November 4, 1879 – March 3, 1885
Preceded byClarkson Nott Potter
Succeeded byAbraham Dowdney
Personal details
Born(1822-09-30)September 30, 1822
Brooklyn, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedFebruary 8, 1891(1891-02-08) (aged 68)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Resting placeWoodlawn Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic

Waldo Hutchins (September 30, 1822 – February 8, 1891) was a New York attorney, businessman and politician. He served in the New York State Assembly and as a Member of Congress.


Born in Brooklyn, Connecticut, Hutchins graduated from Amherst College in 1842.[1] He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in New York City.[1]

He served as a member of the New York State Assembly in 1852.[1] From 1857 to 1869 Hutchins was a member of the Central Park board of commissioners.[1] He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1867.[1]

Hutchins was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alexander Smith.[2] He was reelected to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses and served from November 4, 1879 to March 3, 1885.[3] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1884 and resumed the practice of law in New York City.

In 1887, Hutchins was again appointed to New York City's Central Park Commission.[1] He served until his death in New York City on February 8, 1891.[1] He was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.[4]

There is a bench in his memory near Conservatory Water, Central Park.[5]


Hutchins was married to Elizabeth Ellsworth, the daughter of William Wolcott Ellsworth and granddaughter of Oliver Ellsworth.[1] They were the parents of four children -- Julia Sterling (1855-1930), Augustus Schell (1856-1948), Waldo (1858-1933), and William Ellsworth (1861-1916).[1][6]




  • Grant, Robert (1891). Annual Report: Including Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association. 14. Philadelphia, PA: Cando Printing and Publishing. pp. 438–439.
  • Chapin, Gilbert Warren (1924). The Chapin Book of Genealogical Data. II. Hartford, CT: Chapin family Association. p. 1669.


  • "Waldo Hutchins Bench". Central Park Attractions. New York, NY: Central Park Conservancy. Retrieved February 24, 2017.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)



External sources[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clarkson Nott Potter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th congressional district

November 4, 1879 – March 3, 1885
Succeeded by
Abraham Dowdney

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