John A. Collier

John Allen Collier (November 13, 1787 in Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut – March 24, 1873 in Binghamton, Broome County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician.

John A. Collier
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12th New York State Comptroller
In office
January 27, 1841 – February 7, 1842
GovernorWilliam H. Seward
Preceded byBates Cooke
Succeeded byAzariah C. Flagg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st district
In office
March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byRobert Monell
Succeeded byHenry Mitchell
District attorney of Broome County
In office
Personal details
BornNovember 13, 1787
Litchfield, Connecticut
DiedMarch 24, 1873 (aged 85)
Binghamton, New York
Political partyAnti-Masonic
Alma materYale College
Litchfield Law School


He attended Yale College in 1803, then studied law at Litchfield Law School. He was admitted to the bar at Troy, New York in 1809, and commenced practice in Binghamton, New York. He was District Attorney of Broome County from 1818 to 1822.

He was elected as an Anti-Mason to the 22nd United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1831 to March 3, 1833. He was defeated for re-election.

He was New York State Comptroller from January 27, 1841, to February 7, 1842, elected by the New York State Legislature to fill the unexpired term of Bates Cooke. Then, he resumed the practice of law.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1844 to the U.S. Congress. He was appointed a commissioner to revise the state statutes in 1847. He was a presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1848.

He was buried at the Spring Forest Cemetery, Binghamton.

A street in Binghamton is named in his honor.

He is the great-grandfather of United States Representative Edwin Arthur Hall.


  • United States Congress. "John A. Collier (id: C000631)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • His obit, in NYT on March 25, 1873 (giving wrong years for end of Congress term, and comptrollership) (PDF)
  • Google Books The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
  • John A. Collier on Political Graveyard
  • Holt, Michael P., "The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party", Oxford University Press, 1999, pg. 651. ISBN 0-19-516104-1

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st congressional district

Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by New York State Comptroller
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