Lyman R. Casey

Lyman Rufus Casey Jr. (May 6, 1837 – January 26, 1914) was a United States Senator from North Dakota.

Lyman Rufus Casey
United States Senator
from North Dakota
In office
November 25, 1889 – March 4, 1893
Preceded by(none)
Succeeded byWilliam N. Roach
Personal details
Born(1837-05-06)May 6, 1837
York, New York
DiedJanuary 26, 1914(1914-01-26) (aged 76)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican

Early lifeEdit

On May 6, 1837, Casey was born as Lyman Rufus Casey Jr. in York, New York.[1] In 1853, Casey moved with his parents to Ypsilanti, Michigan. Casey received a classical education.


Casey engaged in the hardware business for many years; in 1882, he moved to Carrington, Foster County, Territory of Dakota, and became a rancher. He was chairman of the North Dakota Committee on Irrigation and was commissioner of Foster County in 1887.

Upon the admission of North Dakota as a State into the Union, Casey was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate and served from November 25, 1889, to March 4, 1893. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1892. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Railroads (Fifty-second Congress). He moved to New York City.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1861, Casey married Harriett Mary Platt.[1] One of her siblings was Jane Platt, wife of the drinking straw inventor Marvin C. Stone.[2]

Casey returned to Washington, D.C. He died there on January 25, 1914.[1]

Casey is buried at Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Businessman became one of N.D.'s first senators". The Bismarck Tribune. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "What Once Was Washington DC, Center of Manufacturing". July 18, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2018.

U.S. Senate
Preceded by
U.S. senator (Class 1) from North Dakota
Served alongside: Gilbert A. Pierce, Henry C. Hansbrough
Succeeded by