David P. BREWSTER, Congress, NY (1801-1876)


BREWSTER, David P., a Representative from New York; born in Cairo, Greene County, N.Y., June 15, 1801; attended the common schools, and was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., in 1823; moved to New York City; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Oswego, N.Y.; trustee of the village of Oswego in 1828, 1836, and 1845; prosecuting attorney of Oswego County 1829-1833; treasurer of the village of Oswego 1832-1834, and served as its president in 1837; judge of the court of common pleas 1833-1841; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1843); appointed postmaster of Oswego, N.Y., on July 21, 1845, and served until January 10, 1849, when his successor was appointed; resumed the practice of law; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the excise board commission and served as president 1870-1873; died in Oswego, Oswego County, N.Y., February 20, 1876; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

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