VREELAND, Edward Butterfield, (1856 - 1936)


"Around the Capital" (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

VREELAND, Edward Butterfield, a Representative from New York; born in Cuba, Allegany County, N.Y., December 7, 1856; was graduated from Friendship Academy in 1877; moved to Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., in 1869; superintendent of the public schools at Salamanca, N.Y., 1877-1882; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1881, but did not engage in active practice; engaged in banking and in the oil and insurance business; became president of the Salamanca Trust Co. in 1891, served as postmaster of Salamanca 1889-1893; was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Warren B. Hooker; reelected to the Fifty-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from November 7, 1899, to March 3, 1913; chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency (Sixty-first Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1912; appointed a member of the National Monetary Commission, serving as vice chairman 1909-1912; resumed former business pursuits in Salamanca, N.Y., until January 1, 1936, when he retired from active business; died in Salamanca, N.Y., May 8, 1936; interment in Wildwood Cemetery.