SPINOLA, Francis Barretto, (1821 - 1891)


”Our Congressmen: A Day in the House” (detail), The Illustrated American, 1890, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

SPINOLA, Francis Barretto, a Representative from New York; born at Stony Brook, Long Island, N.Y., March 19, 1821; attended Quaker Hill Academy in Dutchess County; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in Brooklyn, N.Y.; elected alderman of the second ward in Brooklyn in 1846 and 1847; reelected in 1849 and served for four years; member of the State assembly in 1855; served in the State senate 1858-1861; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Charleston in 1860; harbor commissioner; during the Civil War was appointed brigadier general of Volunteers October 2, 1862; honorably discharged from the service in August 1865; engaged in the insurance business and banking; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth, Fifty-first, and Fifty-second Congresses and served from March 4, 1887, until his death in Washington, D.C., April 14, 1891; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.