David Miller DE WITT, Congress, NY (1837-1912)


DE WITT, David Miller, a Representative from New York; born in Paterson, Passaic County, N.J., November 25, 1837; moved to New York in 1845 with his parents, who settled in Brooklyn; attended the public schools of Brooklyn, a select school at Saugerties, and the local academy at Kingston; was graduated from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, N.J., in 1858; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Kingston, N.Y.; principal of New Paltz Academy (later a State normal school) in 1861 and 1862; district attorney of Ulster County 1863-1870; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); was not a candidate for renomination; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in literary pursuits; assistant corporation counsel of Brooklyn, N.Y., 1878-1881; member of the State assembly in 1883; corporation counsel of Kingston in 1884; surrogate of Ulster County from November 20, 1885, to December 31, 1886; again engaged in the practice of law; died in Kingston, N.Y., June 23, 1912; interment in Wiltwyck Rural Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present