Marius Schoonmaker

Marius Schoonmaker, Congressman from New York

Marius Schoonmaker (April 24, 1811 – January 5, 1894) was a United States Representative from New York.


Schoonmaker was born to Cornelia (1784–1874) and Zachariah Schoonmaker (1785–1818) in Kingston, Ulster County, New York. His father died when he was young, but he attended public schools and graduated from Yale College in 1830. He was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Kingston.

Schoonmaker was a member of the New York State Senate (10th D.) in 1850 and 1851, and was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress, holding office from March 4, 1851, to March 3, 1853. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law in Kingston.

Schoonmaker was Auditor of the New York State Canal Department from 1854 to 1855, and Superintendent of Banks from 1855 to 1856. He was also President of the Kingston Board of Education for nine years, and was President of the Village of Kingston in 1866, 1869 and 1870. In 1867, he was a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention of 1867–68.

Schoonmaker died in Kingston and was interred in Wiltwyck Rural Cemetery.

Congressman Cornelius C. Schoonmaker (1745–1796) was his grandfather.


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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Platt Adams
New York State Senate
10th District

Succeeded by
George T. Pierce
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Herman D. Gould
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
William Murray