Henry MEIGS, Congress, NY (1782-1861)


MEIGS, Henry, a Representative from New York; born in New Haven, Conn., October 28, 1782; attended the common schools; was graduated from Yale College in 1799; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New York City; served in the War of 1812 with the rank of adjutant; member of the state assembly in 1818; elected as a Republican to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1821); chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Sixteenth Congress); served as president of the board of aldermen of New York City in 1832 and 1833; judge of one of the city courts and afterward clerk of the court of general sessions; elected recording secretary of the American Institute in 1845, and retained this position in connection with the secretaryship of the Farmers’ Club until his death; died in New York City on May 20, 1861; interment in St. Ann’s Churchyard, Perth Amboy, N.J.

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