Hervey C. Calkin

Hervey Chittenden Calkin
Hervey Calkin.jpg
Calkin circa 1860-1870
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871
Preceded byJohn Winthrop Chanler
Succeeded bySmith Ely, Jr.
Personal details
Born(1828-03-23)March 23, 1828
Malden, New York
DiedApril 20, 1913(1913-04-20) (aged 85)
Bronx, New York City

Hervey Chittenden Calkin (March 23, 1828 – April 20, 1913) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Life and career[edit]

Hervey Calkin was born in Malden, New York on March 23, 1828. He was educated locally, and moved to New York City in 1847.[1]

Calkin was employed in the Morgan Iron Works for five years.[2] In 1852 he commenced business as a plumber and coppersmith in partnership with his brother. He also sold other metalware, including stoves and tinware.[3] Calkin also became an advocate for the creation of a domestic shipbuilding industry, as opposed to buying ships from England.[4]

He was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first Congress and served from (March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1870.[5]

After leaving Congress, Calkin resumed his former business pursuits in New York City until retiring in 1904. In 1871 he received a patent for a life raft made of two cylindrical metal floats with conical ends and a plank deck.[6]

He died in the Bronx on April 20, 1913 and was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.[7][8]


  1. ^ New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Weehawken Street Historic District Designation Report, 2006, page 30
  2. ^ Ben Perley Poore, Congressional Directory for the First Session of the Forty-First Congress, 1869, page 30
  3. ^ John F. Trow, publisher, Trow's New York City Directory, 1862, page 134
  4. ^ Hervey C. Calkin, Sppech to the U.S. House of Representatives: Shall We Build Our Own Ships Or Purchase Them from England, May 18, 1870
  5. ^ New York Times, Forty-First Congress, December 5, 1870
  6. ^ National Museum of American History, America on the Move, Life Raft Patent Model, Hervey C. Calkin, accessed January 19, 2013
  7. ^ Thomas E. Spencer, Where They're Buried, 2009, page 233
  8. ^ Hervey C. Calkin at Find a Grave

External resources[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Winthrop Chanler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

1869 - 1871
Succeeded by
Smith Ely, Jr.

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