Willard Ives

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Willard Ives, New York Congressman

Willard Ives (July 7, 1806 – April 19, 1896) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born in Watertown, New York, Ives attended the common schools, also Belleville (New York) Academy, and Lowville (New York) Academy. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and was also interested in banking. He served as a delegate to the world convention of Methodists held in London, England, in 1846. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Thirtieth Congress in 1848.

Ives was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853). He served as president of Ives Seminary, Antwerp, New York, which he endowed. He was one of the originators and organizers of Syracuse University and served on the board of trustees in 1870–1886. He resumed agricultural pursuits. He died in Watertown, New York, April 19, 1896. He was interred in Brookside Cemetery.

Ives Seminary is named for him.

(**Note Biographical Directory erroneously lists Willard Ives as having served in the New York Assembly in 1829–30, when it was, in fact, Ives' father, Dr. Titus Ives (d. 1847), who served)


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles E. Clarke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
George W. Chase

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.