David A. Bokee

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David Alexander Bokee
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851
Preceded byHenry Cruse Murphy
Succeeded byObadiah Bowne
Member of the New York Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
January 1, 1848 – December 31, 1849
Preceded bynew district
Succeeded byJohn A. Cross
Personal details
BornOctober 6, 1805 (1805-10-06)
New York City, New York
DiedMarch 15, 1860 (1860-03-16) (aged 54)
Washington, D.C.
Citizenship United States
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Sarah Ann Dowdny
ChildrenHelena Stevens Bokee

Frederick William Bokee

Margaret Swanston Bokee

Joseph Moore Bokee

David Alexander Bokee

William Blossom Bokee



David Alexander Bokee (October 6, 1805 – March 15, 1860) was an American lawyer, merchant and politician from New York.


Born in New York City, Bokee was the son of Frederick and Rachel McKenzie Bokee and attended the public schools. He then engaged in mercantile pursuits while he studied law. He was admitted to the bar, and practiced law. Later he was also a shipping merchant. He married Sarah Ann Dowdny and they had six children, Helena, Frederick, Margaret, Joseph, David, and William.[1]


Bokee was President of the Brooklyn Board of Aldermen from 1840 to 1843; and again from 1845 to 1848. He was a member of the New York State Senate (2nd D.) in 1848 and 1849. He was also a Trustee of the New York Life Insurance Company from 1848 to 1860.

He was elected as a Whig to the 31st United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1849, to March 3, 1851. Bokee was appointed by President Millard Fillmore as Naval Officer of the Port of New York, and remained in office from 1851 to 1853.[2]

Bokee died on March 15, 1860, in Washington, D.C.; and was buried at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.


  1. ^ "David A. Bokee". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  2. ^ David A. Bokee. Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century. Retrieved 11 September 2013.

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
new district
New York State Senate
2nd District

Succeeded by
John A. Cross
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry Cruse Murphy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Obadiah Bowne