Richard P. Marvin

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Richard Pratt Marvin, Congressman from New York

Richard Pratt Marvin (December 23, 1803 Fairfield, Herkimer County, New York – January 11, 1892 Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York. His brother, William Marvin, was a United States federal judge and the 7th Governor of Florida.


His family removed to Dryden, New York, in 1809. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1829, and commenced practice in Jamestown, New York.

He was a member from Chautauqua County of the New York State Assembly in 1836.

Marvin was elected as a Whig to the 25th and 26th United States Congresses, and served from March 4, 1837, to March 3, 1841). He was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (26th Congress).

He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1846. He was a justice of the New York Supreme Court (8th District) from 1847 to 1871, and was ex officio a judge of the New York Court of Appeals in 1855 and 1863. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law in Jamestown.

He was buried at the Lakeview Cemetery in Jamestown.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Abner Hazeltine
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 31st congressional district

Succeeded by
Staley N. Clarke

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