John B. Haskin

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John Bussing Haskin, Congressman from New York

John Bussing Haskin (August 27, 1821 – September 18, 1895) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born in Fordham, Bronx, New York, Haskin attended the public schools. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in New York City.

In 1847 he elected a Civil Justice of New York City, serving on the bench until the office was abolished in 1849.

He subsequently relocated to the Bronx. When West Farms was incorporated, he served as Town Supervisor from 1850 to 1851 and 1857 to 1860, and he was the town's Corporation Counsel from 1853 to 1856.

Haskin was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress and reelected as an Anti-Lecompton Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress, serving from March 4, 1857 to March 3, 1861. During his tenure he served as Chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Thirty-fifth Congress) and the Committee on Public Expenditures (Thirty-sixth Congress).

After leaving Congress Haskin resumed practicing law, and was elected to another term as Town Supervisor in 1863.

Haskin died at Friends Lake in Chestertown, New York on September 18, 1895. He was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bayard Clarke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 9th congressional district

March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1861
Succeeded by
Edward Haight

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website