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Harmon Sweatland Conger (April 9, 1816 – October 22, 1882) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Harmon S. Conger
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Judge of Wisconsin Circuit Court
In office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th district
In office
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1851
Preceded byGeorge O. Rathbun
Succeeded byThomas Y. Howe Jr.
Personal details
Born(1816-04-09)April 9, 1816
Freetown, New York
DiedOctober 22, 1882(1882-10-22) (aged 66)
Janesville, Wisconsin
Political partyWhig

Life and careerEdit

Born in Freetown, Cortland County, New York, Conger attended the local academy at Cortland in 1833. He studied law with Horatio Ballard, was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in Cortland, New York.[1]

Conger was also editor and owner of a newspaper, the Cortland County Whig, from 1840 to 1845.[2]

He was elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses, serving from March 4, 1847 to March 3, 1851. After his term in Congress, Conger resumed the practice of law in Cortland.[3]

He moved to Janesville, Wisconsin in 1855 and continued the practice of law.[4] By now a Republican, Conger was elected Judge of the Wisconsin Circuit Court in 1870. He was reelected in 1876 and served until his death.[5][6]

Death and burialEdit

Conger died in Janesville October 22, 1882.[7][8] He was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.[9][10]


  1. ^ State Bar Association of Wisconsin, Proceedings of the State Bar Association of Wisconsin, Volume 3, 1900, page 226
  2. ^ Wisconsin Supreme Court, Wisconsin Reports: Cases Determined in the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, Volume 60, page xli, 1885
  3. ^ H.C Goodwin, Cortland County and the Border Wars of New York, page 291
  4. ^ Western Historical Company, The History of Rock County, Wisconsin, 1879, page 702
  5. ^ William Fiske Brown, Rock County, Wisconsin: A New History of Its Cities, Villages, Towns, Citizens and Varied Interests, Volume 2, 1908, page 715
  6. ^ Marquis Who's Who, Inc., Who Was Who in America With World Notables, Volume 1, 1967, page 186
  7. ^ Chicago Tribune, Death at Janesville of the Hon. Harmon S. Conger, October 25, 1882
  8. ^ Janesville Gazette, The Death of Judge Conger, October 23, 1882
  9. ^ Thomas E. Spencer, Where They're Buried, 2009, page 235
  10. ^ Janesville Daily Gazette, The Last Sad Rites: The Funeral Services of the Late Judge Conger, October 24, 1882


  • United States Congress. "Harmon S. Conger (id: C000676)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Harmon S. Conger at Political Graveyard
  • Harmon S. Conger at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George O. Rathbun
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas Y. Howe, Jr.