David P. Brewster

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David Payne Brewster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byRutger B. Miller
Succeeded byFrancis Granger
Personal details
BornJune 15, 1801 (1801-06-15)
Cairo, New York
DiedFebruary 20, 1876 (1876-02-21) (aged 74)
Oswego, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materUnion College, Schenectady, New York




David Payne Brewster (June 15, 1801 – February 20, 1876) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.


Born in Cairo, New York, Brewster attended the common schools and graduated from Union College, Schenectady, New York, in 1823. After that he moved to New York City, where he studied law. In 1825, he was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Oswego, New York.


Brewster was a trustee of the Village of Oswego in 1828, 1836 and 1845; District Attorney of Oswego County from 1829 to 1833; Supervisor of the Town of Oswego in 1833; Treasurer of the Village of Oswego from 1832 to 1834; President of the Village of Oswego in 1837. He was also an associate judge of the court of Common Pleas from 1833 to 1841.

Brewster was elected as a Democrat to the 26th and 27th United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1839, to March 3, 1843.

After his political career, Brewster was appointed as Postmaster of Oswego, New York, on July 21, 1845 and served until January 10, 1849, when his successor was appointed. Returning to the practice of law, he also engaged in agricultural pursuits. Brewster served as member of the excise board commission and became its president in 1870, and held the office for three years.


Brewster died in Oswego, Oswego County, New York, February 20, 1876; and was interred at Riverside Cemetery, Scriba town, Oswego County, New York.[1]


  1. ^ "David P. Brewster". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 18 September 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rutger B. Miller,
Abraham P. Grant
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th congressional district

1839–1843 with John G. Floyd
Succeeded by
Charles S. Benton