Calvin T. Hulburd

Calvin T. Hulburd
Calvin T. Hulburd.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 4, 1869
Preceded bySocrates N. Sherman
Succeeded byWilliam A. Wheeler
Member of the New York State Assembly
In office
In office
Personal details
Calvin Tilden Hulburd

(1809-06-05)June 5, 1809
Stockholm, St. Lawrence County, New York
DiedOctober 25, 1897(1897-10-25) (aged 88)
Brasher Falls, New York
Political partyDemocratic (Before 1855)[1][2]
Republican (After 1855)[3]
Spouse(s)Jane Isabella Butterfield (1820–1891) (m. 1842)[4]
ResidenceBrasher Falls, New York
Alma materMiddlebury College
Yale Law School

Calvin Tilden Hulburd (June 5, 1809 – October 25, 1897) was a United States Representative from New York during the American Civil War and Reconstruction.

Early life[edit]

Born in Stockholm, St. Lawrence County, New York, he completed preparatory studies and graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont. Hulburd studied law with Abraham Van Vechten, attended Yale Law School, was admitted to the bar in 1833, and started a practice in Brasher Falls, New York, an unincorporated village in the town of Brasher.[6][7][8]

Start of career[edit]

Rather than concentrate solely on the law, Hulburd focused primarily on agriculture and business. In partnership with his brother he owned and operated a large farm, gristmill and dry goods store.[9] He also served as the Postmaster in Brasher Falls.[10]

An Antislavery Barnburner and then Free Soil Democrat, Hulburd was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1842, 1843, and 1844.[11]

He became a Republican when the party was organized in the mid-1850s. From 1860 to 1861 he served as Brasher's Town Supervisor, which also made him a member of the St. Lawrence County Board of Supervisors.[12] He served again in the State Assembly in 1862.[13]

Later career[edit]

Hulburd was elected to the 38th, 39th and 40th Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1863 to March 4, 1869; while in the House he was chairman of the Committee on Public Expenditures, the predecessor of the current Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.[14][15]

From 1869 to 1880, Hulburd was superintendent of construction for the New York City Post Office and Courthouse.[16] From 1870 to 1873, he served again as Brasher's Town Supervisor.[17]

Death and burial[edit]

Hulburd died in Brasher Falls on October 25, 1897.[18] Interment was in Fairview Cemetery.[19]


In 1867, Hulburd received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from Hamilton College.[20]


His name sometimes appears in contemporary records and media accounts as "Hurlburd."[21][22]


  1. ^ William Henry Seward, Frederick William Seward, William H. Seward: 1831-1846, 1891, page 569
  2. ^ William Horatio Barnes, The Fortieth Congress of the United States, Volume 1, 1869, page 170
  3. ^ Tom Calarco, The Underground Railroad in the Adirondack Region, 2011, page 230
  4. ^ Jane Isabella Butterfield Hulburd at Find a Grave
  5. ^ Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., Minutes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., Volume XI, 1888, page 12
  6. ^ New York and Hartford Publishing Company, Sketches of Men of Progress, 1871, page 527
  7. ^ Middlebury College, Catalogue of the Graduates of Middlebury College, 1853, page 82
  8. ^ William D. Murphy, Biographical Sketches of the State Officers and Members of the Legislature of the State of New York in 1862 and '63, 1863, page 180
  9. ^ John T. Hubbell, James W. Geary, Jon L. Wakelyn, editors, Biographical Dictionary of the Union: Northern Leaders of the Civil War, 1995, page 265
  10. ^ Edward Tremayne, Tremayne's Table of Post-offices in the United States, 1850, page 123
  11. ^ U.S. Government Printing Office, Congressional Directory, 1868, page 26
  12. ^ Gates Curtis, Boston History Company, History of Brasher, NY, 1894, Chapter XXXIX, The Town of Brasher-Organized in 1825
  13. ^ U.S. Government Printing Office, Congressional Directory, 1868, page 26
  14. ^ Kenneth White Munden, National Archives and Records Administration, The Union: A Guide to Federal Archives Relating to the Civil War, 1986, page 57
  15. ^ Andrew Johnson, The Papers of Andrew Johnson: February-August 1867, 1995, page 190
  16. ^ Ogdensburg Daily Journal, Appointment: Hon. Calvin T. Hulburd, August 3, 1869
  17. ^ Gates Curtis, Boston History Company, History of Brasher, NY, 1894, Chapter XXXIX, The Town of Brasher-Organized in 1825
  18. ^ New York State Historic Newspapers, Massena Observer, Death of C. T. Hubbard, October 28, 1897, page 5
  19. ^ Thomas E. Spencer, Where They're Buried, 1998, page 242
  20. ^ Middlebury College, Catalogue of Officers and Students of Middlebury College, 1917, page 89
  21. ^ New York Agricultural Society, Transactions of the New York State Agricultural Society, With an Abstract of the Proceedings of the County Agricultural Societies, Volume XVII, 1857, page 524
  22. ^ Watertown Daily Times, Contemporaries of Cornelius Cole, November 4, 1924

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Socrates N. Sherman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th congressional district

March 4, 1863-March 4, 1869
Succeeded by
William A. Wheeler