FERRIS, Charles Goadsby

1796c–1848

Biography

FERRIS, Charles Goadsby, a Representative from New York; born at "The Homestead," Throgs Neck, the Bronx, N.Y., about 1796; received a limited education; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in New York City; member of the board of aldermen in 1832 and 1833; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Dudley Selden and served from December 1, 1834, to March 3, 1835; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); was largely instrumental in securing an appropriation through Congress to build the first telegraph line; died in New York City June 4, 1848.

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External Research Collections

New York Public Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1842-1843. 34 letters from constituents. Finding aid in repository.

University of Pennsylvania
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1815-1827, 1 volume. An account book for Charles G. Ferris’s law practice as well as some personal expenses in two different hands. The memorandum section of the book gives brief summaries of cases Ferris handled in 1815. The daybook entries begin at the end of the book and are upside down from those entries contained in the memorandum section. The first 22 pages of the daybook list expenses from Ferris’s law practice from 1820-1827, followed by 18 blank pages, 24 pages of monies Ferris received, 14 blank pages and 2 pages of cash accounts for 1820-1827.
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