Elbridge G. Lapham

Elbridge Gerry Lapham (October 18, 1814 – January 8, 1890) was a U.S. Senator from New York from 1881–1885.

Elbridge Gerry Lapham
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United States Senator
from New York
In office
August 2, 1881 – March 4, 1885
Preceded byRoscoe Conkling
Succeeded byWilliam M. Evarts
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th district
In office
March 4, 1875 – July 29, 1881
Preceded byThomas C. Platt
Succeeded byJames Wolcott Wadsworth
Personal details
Born(1814-10-18)October 18, 1814
Farmington, New York
DiedJanuary 8, 1890(1890-01-08) (aged 75)
Canandaigua, New York
Political partyRepublican
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer


Lapham attended the public schools and the Canandaigua Academy. He studied civil engineering and law and was admitted to the bar in 1844 and practiced in Canandaigua, New York.

He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1867-68. He was elected as a Republican to the 44th, 45th, 46th and 47th United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1875, to July 29, 1881, when he resigned after his election to the U.S. Senate. He was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1876 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against ex-U.S. Secretary of War William W. Belknap.

He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on July 22, 1881, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Roscoe Conkling and served to March 4, 1885. He was not a candidate for re-election. He was Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Fish and Fisheries (48th Congress).

Afterwards he resumed the practice of law in Canandaigua. He died at “Glen Gerry,” on Canandaigua Lake, on January 8, 1890 and was buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Canandaigua.

Personal lifeEdit

Lapham is the son of Judge John Lapham (1793-1860) and his wife, Zimroda Smith Lapham (1793-1879). He is a descendant of John Lapham (1677-1734) and his wife, Mary Russell Lapham (1683-1752). His cousins include Nathan Lapham, Christopher Lloyd and Susan B. Anthony.

On July 2, 1844, in Clifton Springs, New York, he married Jane Frances McBride (1825-1907). They had at least eight children:

  1. Charlotte Lapham (1845-1910)
  2. Ellen Frances Lapham (1850-1926)
  3. Benjamin Franklin Lapham (1852-1907)
  4. Charles Barnard Lapham (1854-1901)
  5. Henry Wager Lapham (1857-1938)
  6. Joanna Louise Lapham (1860-1860)
  7. John R. Lapham (1862-1888)
  8. Elbridge Gerry Lapham Jr. (1866-1921)


  • United States Congress. "Elbridge G. Lapham (id: L000092)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th congressional district

Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 3) from New York
Served alongside: Warner Miller
Succeeded by