BRIGGS, George, (1805 - 1869)


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

BRIGGS, George, a Representative from New York; born near Broadalbin, Fulton County, N.Y., May 6, 1805; moved to Vermont, in 1812 with his parents, who settled in Bennington; attended the public schools; engaged in business as a dealer in hardware; member of the Vermont house of representatives in 1837; returned to New York, settled in New York City in 1838, and continued in the hardware business; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1853); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1852; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Thirty-sixth Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1860 and retired; delegate to the Union National Convention at Philadelphia in 1866; died at his summer home, “Woodlawn,” at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., June 1, 1869; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, New York City.