Stephen Tyng Hopkins
|Member of the New York State Assembly|
for Greene County
|Preceded by||Bradley S. McCabe|
|Succeeded by||Francis G. Walters|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 17th district
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889
|Preceded by||James G. Lindsley|
|Succeeded by||Charles J. Knapp|
|Born||March 25, 1849|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||March 31, 1892 (aged 43)|
Pleasantville, New Jersey, U.S.
|Cause of death||Suicide by poisoning/overdose|
|Resting place||Green-Wood Cemetery|
Early life and career
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.
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.
After leaving Congress, he was a Watchman in the New York Custom House from April to August 1890.
Death and burial
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. 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. 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.
- New York Adjutant General, Annual Report, 1868, page 256
- New York Evening Telegram, Fashionable Gossip: Wedding notice, Stephen T. Hopkins and Mary W. Munn, November 16, 1871
- The Churchman, Death notice, Mary Warner Munn Hopkins, February 12, 1887
- New York Times, Death notice, Mary Warner Munn Hopkins, January 30, 1887
- Who's Who Publications, Inc., Who's Who in New York (City and State), Issue 7, 1918, page 536
- The Olean Democrat, A Political Debt, August 14, 1890
- New York Times, Stephen T. Hopkins' Record, March 7, 1892
- The Highland Democrat, Hopkins' Sad Ending: An Ex-Congressman Found Dead After Trying the Keeley Cure, March 5, 1892
- New York Times, Mr. S. T. Hopkins Found Dead, March 4, 1892
- Philadelphia Times, The Body of a Man Discovered Near Pleasantville, N.J. A Probable Suicide, March 4, 1892
- United States Congress. "Stephen T. Hopkins (id: H000782)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Stephen T. Hopkins at Find a Grave
- Stephen T. Hopkins at The Political Graveyard
|New York Assembly|
|Preceded by |
Bradley S. McCabe
| New York State Assembly |
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
Charles J. Knapp
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