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James M. Humphrey, Congressman and Judge from New York

James Morgan Humphrey (September 21, 1819 – February 9, 1899) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born in Holland, New York, Humphrey attended the common schools. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1847, and commenced practice in East Aurora, New York.

He was District Attorney of Erie County from January 1, 1857 to December 31, 1859, and a member of the New York State Senate (31st D.) in 1864 and 1865.

Humphrey was elected as a Democrat to the 39th and 40th United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1865, to March 3, 1869. He was appointed to the Superior court of Buffalo, New York, in 1871 and served until January 1, 1873. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law until 1894, when he retired.

He died in Buffalo, New York, February 9, 1899, and was buried at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo.


  • United States Congress. "James M. Humphrey (id: H000955)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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