Robert Denniston

Robert Denniston

Robert Denniston[1] (October 15, 1800 in Blooming Grove, Orange County, New York – December 2, 1867 in Salisbury Mills,[2] Orange County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician.


He was the son of James Denniston (ca. 1770–1825) and Prudence Morrison Denniston. On September 24, 1823, he married Julianna Howell (d. 1825). Afterwards he married Mary Scott, and they had five sons and six daughters.

He served as an officer of the New York State Militia and as a Justice of the Peace in Blooming Grove. He was appointed by Governor William L. Marcy a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Orange County

He was a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly (Orange Co.) in 1835, 1839 and 1840.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (2nd D.) from 1841 to 1847, sitting in the 64th, 65th, 66th, 67th, 68th, 69th and 70th New York State Legislatures. In the Senate, he was Chairman of the Committee on Canals.

As a Republican, he ran for New York State Comptroller in 1857 but was defeated by Democrat Sanford E. Church. He ran again in 1859 and was elected, being in office from 1860 to 1861.


  1. ^ The name is given sometimes erroneously, especially in contemporaneous newspaper accounts, as Robert Dennison
  2. ^ Salisbury Mills is a hamlet that lies partly in the towns of Blooming Grove and Cornwall. Actually, he died at the same place where he was born, in that part of the hamlet of Salisbury Mills which lies within the Town of Blooming Grove.


New York State Senate
Preceded by
Henry H. Van Dyck
New York State Senate
Second District (Class 2)

Succeeded by
district abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Sanford E. Church
New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
Lucius Robinson