COOMBS, William Jerome, (1833 - 1922)


"The House of Representatives of the Fifty Third Congress" (detail), The Graphic Chicago, 1893, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

COOMBS, William Jerome, a Representative from New York; born in Jordan, Onondaga County, N.Y., December 24, 1833; attended the Jordan Academy, Jordan, N.Y.; moved to New York City in 1850, and in 1855 took up his residence in Brooklyn; in 1856 entered upon the business of exporting American goods and continued in this business for thirty-seven years; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; appointed a director of the Union Pacific Railroad by President Cleveland in 1894, with special commission to collect the debts due the United States Government from the various Pacific railroads; president of the Manufacturers’ Terminal Co., later consolidated with the Title Guarantee & Trust Co. of Brooklyn; in 1904 became president of the South Brooklyn Savings Bank, in which capacity he served until his death in Brooklyn, N.Y., January 12, 1922; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.