John R. Thurman

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John Richardson Thurman (October 6, 1814 – July 24, 1854) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born in New York City, Thurman graduated from Columbia University in 1835.[1] He moved to Chestertown, Warren County and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was also involved in several businesses, including serving as a Director of the Sacket's Harbor and Saratoga Railroad.[2] He also speculated in land, as evidenced by the fact that his widow and children sold some of their holdings to the Delaware and Hudson Railroad during its construction.[3]

He held several local offices, including Associate Judge of the Warren County Court.[4]

Thurman was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1850. After leaving Congress Thurman returned to managing his farm and other interests.

He died at his home near Friends Lake in Chestertown on July 24, 1854.[5] He was interred in the family cemetery. He was reinterred in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York.


  1. ^ Columbia University, Catalogue of Columbia College, 1844, page 54
  2. ^ G. M. Davison, Printer, Pamphlets on the Sacket's Harbor and Saratoga Railroad Company, 1853, page 2
  3. ^ Delaware and Hudson Company, Corporate History of the Delaware and Hudson Company, Volume 3, 1907, pages 50, 56-58, 78, 107, 100
  4. ^ John Doggett, Jr., editor, Great Metropolis: Or Guide to New York, 1844, page 116
  5. ^ Plattsburgh Republican[permanent dead link], July, 1854


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sidney Lawrence
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 15th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joseph Russell

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