William B. Rochester
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 20th district
March 4, 1821 – April 21, 1823
|Preceded by||Caleb Baker|
|Succeeded by||Ela Collins|
Egbert Ten Eyck
William Beatty Rochester
January 29, 1789
|Died||June 14, 1838 (aged 49)|
Coast of North Carolina, U.S.
(m. 1812; her death 1815)
(m. 1816; her death 1831)
Eliza Hatch Powers1832
(m. 1885, his death)
|Relations||Thomas Rochester (brother)|
|Education||Charlotte Hall Military Academy|
Rochester was the first child of Col. Nathaniel Rochester (1752–1831), founder of the City of Rochester, New York, and Sophia (née Beatty) Rochester (1768–1845). Mayor Thomas H. Rochester was his brother.
During the War of 1812, Rochester was an aide-de-camp to Gen. George McClure. After the war, he studied law with his uncle Judge Adam Beatty and with Henry Clay, was admitted to the bar, and began practice in Bath, New York. Later, he removed to Angelica, New York.
Rochester was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 17th, and re-elected as a Crawford Democratic-Republican to the 18th United States Congress, holding office from December 3, 1821 until 1823. He was appointed as Judge of the Eight Circuit Court on April 21, 1823 and resigned from the House of Representatives. He resigned from the bench to run on the Bucktails ticket for Governor of New York in 1826, but was narrowly defeated by DeWitt Clinton.
He was Secretary to the Special Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Colombia in 1826, and Chargé d'affaires to Central America in 1827-28. He was appointed Chargé d'Affaires of Guatemala on March 3, 1827 and was commissioned to the Republic of Central America. He reached Central America, but returned to the United States without presenting credentials.
In 1828, he was appointed by Nicholas Biddle as President of the branch of the Second Bank of the United States at Buffalo, New York, remaining there until 1836. He later served as President of the Bank of Pensacola, Florida and a director of the Alabama and Florida Railroad.
In 1812, he married his first wife Harriet Irwin (d. 1815), and their son was:
- Nathaniel Montgomery Rochester (1813–1823).
On January 31, 1816, he married his second wife Amanda Hopkins (1799–1831), and their children were:
- James Hervey Rochester (1819–1860), who married Evelina Throop Martin (1822–1907), a niece of Gov. Enos T. Throop
- Harriet Louisa Rochester (1821–1854), who married Hugh L. Bull
- Sophia Elizabeth Rochester (1823–1824)
- William Beatty Rochester, Jr. (1826–1909), a Brigadier General of the United States Army
- Nathaniel Elie Rochester (1829–1833).
On April 9, 1832, he married his third wife Eliza (née Hatch) Powers (1800–1885), a half-sister of Gov. Enos T. Throop and the widow of U.S. Rep. Gershom Powers. Together, William and Eliza were the parents of:
- Eliza Hatch Rochester (1833–1868), who married Augus B. Fitch
- George William Rochester (1835–1837).
- "ROCHESTER, William Beatty - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- "Rochester, William Beatty | RBSCP". rbscp.lib.rochester.edu. University of Rochester Libraries. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- "William Beatty Rochester Papers". homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- Hough, Franklin (1858). The New York Civil List: Containing the names and origin of the civil divisions, and the names and dates of election or appointment of the principal state and county officers from the Revolution to the present time. Weed, Parsons and Co. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- "William Beatty Rochester". history.state.gov. Department History - Office of the Historian. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- Jackson, Andrew (1980). The Papers of Andrew Jackson: 1825-1828. University of Tennessee Press. p. 247. ISBN 9781572331747. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- William B. Rochester at Find a Grave
- United States Congress. "William B. Rochester (id: R000360)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 20th congressional district
1821 - 1823
with David Woodcock
Egbert Ten Eyck
|New district|| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 28th congressional district