Matthias J. Bovee

Matthias Jacob Bovee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1837
Preceded byCharles McVean
Succeeded byJohn Edwards
Member of the New York State Assembly
In office
Personal details
BornJuly 24, 1793 (1793-07-24)
Amsterdam, New York
DiedSeptember 12, 1872 (1872-09-13) (aged 79)
Eagle, Wisconsin
Citizenship United States
Political partyJacksonian
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Bovee




Justice of the Peace

Matthias Jacob Bovee (July 24, 1793 – September 12, 1872) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York from 1835 to 1837.[1]


Born in Amsterdam, New York, Bovee attended the rural school until the death of his father in 1807, then taught school in winter and worked the family farm in summer. He married Elizabeth Bovee, daughter of Isacc Bovee.[2]


Bovee engaged in mercantile pursuits in 1815 and served as chairman of the town of Amsterdam. He also served as member of the county board of supervisors. He was elected a member of the State assembly in 1826 and served as Trustee of the village of Amsterdam in 1831.

Elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress, Bovee was United States Representative for the fifteenth district of New York from March 4, 1835, to March 3, 1837. Afterward, he returned to Amsterdam and resumed mercantile pursuits.

In June 1843, Bovee moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and two months later settled near Eagle, Waukesha County. he engaged in agricultural pursuits and was also in the Justice of the Peace for 10 years.


Bovee died in Eagle, Wisconsin, on September 12, 1872 (age 79 years, 50 days). He is interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Eagle, Wisconsin. His sister Polly (Mary) was the wife of Congressman Benedict Arnold.


  1. ^ Matthias J. Bovee. Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century. 1901. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Elizabeth Bovee". Find A Grave. Retrieved 12 September 2013.

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

Succeeded by
John Edwards

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