Stephen T. Hopkins

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Stephen Tyng Hopkins
Member of the New York State Assembly
for Greene County
In office
Preceded byBradley S. McCabe
Succeeded byFrancis G. Walters
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889
Preceded byJames G. Lindsley
Succeeded byCharles J. Knapp
Personal details
Born(1849-03-25)March 25, 1849
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedMarch 31, 1892(1892-03-31) (aged 43)
Pleasantville, New Jersey, U.S.
Cause of deathSuicide by poisoning/overdose
Resting placeGreen-Wood Cemetery
Political partyRepublican

Stephen Tyng Hopkins (March 25, 1849 – March 31, 1892) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in New York City, Hopkins attended the Anthon Grammar School and became an iron merchant and broker.

He later moved to Catskill, and was connected with several coal and iron syndicates in West Virginia and Tennessee.

Hopkins served in the New York Militia, and was Adjutant of New York's 86th Infantry Regiment.[1]

In 1871, Hopkins married Mary Warner Munn, (died January 28, 1887).[2][3][4] Their children included Louis Davis Hopkins (born January 24, 1874), a New York City businessman.[5]

A Republican, he was a member of the New York State Assembly (Greene County) in 1885 and 1886. As an Assemblyman he was identified with the Stalwart Republicans, and was accused of using some of his children's inheritance to buy legislators' votes for Levi P. Morton during the 1887 election to succeed Warner Miller.[6]

Hopkins was elected to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889). During his congressional term, there were reports that he was behaving erratically, and observers presumed that he was mentally ill or drinking excessively in response to the death of his wife.[7]

After leaving Congress, he was a Watchman in the New York Custom House from April to August 1890.

Death and burial[edit]

He was found dead by a train crew alongside the railroad tracks near Pleasantville, adjacent to Atlantic City, New Jersey on March 3, 1892. He had apparently traveled to Atlantic City following medical treatment for alcoholism at a facility in White Plains, New York.[8] The circumstances of his death were unclear, although observers indicated that based on the condition of his body when it was found, he did not appear to have fallen or been thrown from a train.[9] Because he had not been robbed and there were no signs that he had been murdered, Hopkins was presumed to have committed suicide by poison or drug overdose because of business reverses and alcoholism.[10]

He was interred in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.


  1. ^ New York Adjutant General, Annual Report, 1868, page 256
  2. ^ New York Evening Telegram, Fashionable Gossip: Wedding notice, Stephen T. Hopkins and Mary W. Munn, November 16, 1871
  3. ^ The Churchman, Death notice, Mary Warner Munn Hopkins, February 12, 1887
  4. ^ New York Times, Death notice, Mary Warner Munn Hopkins, January 30, 1887
  5. ^ Who's Who Publications, Inc., Who's Who in New York (City and State), Issue 7, 1918, page 536
  6. ^ The Olean Democrat, A Political Debt, August 14, 1890
  7. ^ New York Times, Stephen T. Hopkins' Record, March 7, 1892
  8. ^ The Highland Democrat, Hopkins' Sad Ending: An Ex-Congressman Found Dead After Trying the Keeley Cure, March 5, 1892
  9. ^ New York Times, Mr. S. T. Hopkins Found Dead, March 4, 1892
  10. ^ Philadelphia Times, The Body of a Man Discovered Near Pleasantville, N.J. A Probable Suicide, March 4, 1892

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Bradley S. McCabe
New York State Assembly
Greene County

Succeeded by
Francis G. Walters
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James G. Lindsley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles J. Knapp

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