John Van Voorhis

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John Van Voorhis
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Congressman John Van Voorhis of New York
BornOctober 22, 1826
Decatur, New York
DiedOctober 20, 1905 (aged 79)
OccupationLawyer and Politician
  • Eugene
  • Charles
  • Arthur
  • Norman
  • Louise
  • Marguerite
Parent(s)John Van Voorhis
RelativesJohn Van Voorhis (grandson, through son, Eugene)

John Van Voorhis (October 22, 1826 in Decatur, Otsego County, New York – October 20, 1905 in Rochester, Monroe County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

Early life[edit]

He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1851, and commenced practice in Elmira, New York. He was a member of the Board of Education in 1857, was City Attorney of Elmira in 1859.


He was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the 28th District of New York and held that office from September 1, 1862, to March 31, 1863. He was a delegate to the 1864 Republican National Convention.

Van Voorhis was elected as a Republican to the 46th and 47th United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1879, to March 3, 1883. He was Chairman of the Committee on Mines and Mining (47th Congress). Afterwards he resumed the practice of law in Rochester.

He was elected to the 53rd United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1893, to March 3, 1895. Afterwards he resumed again the practice of law in Rochester.

Personal life[edit]

Through his son Eugene, a lawyer in Rochester, NY, his grandson was Judge John Van Voorhis, of the New York Court of Appeals. The Judge's son was also named Eugene, (Hotchkiss 1951, Yale '55, Yale Law ‘58),[1]

He was buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elizur K. Hart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 30th congressional district

1879 - 1883
Succeeded by
Halbert S. Greenleaf
Preceded by
James Wolcott Wadsworth
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 31st congressional district

1893 - 1895
Succeeded by
Henry C. Brewster