DUER, William, Congress, NY (1805-1879)


DUER, William, (grandson of William Duer [1747-1799]), a Representative from New York; born in New York City May 25, 1805; completed preparatory studies and was graduated from Columbia College, New York City, in 1824; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1824 and commenced practice in New York City; unsuccessful candidate for the State assembly in 1832; moved to New Orleans, La., in 1832, where he continued the practice of law; moved to Oswego, N.Y., in 1836 and continued the practice of law; member of the New York State assembly in 1840 and 1841; unsuccessful candidate in 1842 for election to the Twenty-eighth Congress; delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1844; district attorney of Oswego County 1845-1847; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1851); appointed by President Fillmore as consul to Valparaiso, Chile, on March 18, 1851, and served until May 23, 1853; settled in San Francisco, Calif., in 1854 and practiced his profession; served as clerk of San Francisco County in 1858 and 1859; returned to Staten Island, N.Y., in 1859 and lived in retirement until his death in New Brighton, Richmond County, N.Y., August 25, 1879; interment in Silver Mount Cemetery, Thompkinsville, Staten Island, N.Y.

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