PAYNE, Sereno Elisha

PAYNE, Sereno Elisha
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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PAYNE, Sereno Elisha, a Representative from New York; born in Hamilton, Madison County, N.Y., June 26, 1843; attended the Auburn (N.Y.) Academy and was graduated from the University of Rochester, N.Y., in 1864; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1866 and practiced in Auburn, N.Y.; city clerk of Auburn in 1867 and 1868; supervisor in 1871 and 1872; district attorney of Cayuga County 1873-1879; president of the board of education of Auburn 1879-1882; appointed a member of the American-British Joint High Commission in January 1899; elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative Newton W. Nutting and reelected to the twelve succeeding Congresses (December 2, 1889-December 10, 1914); chairman, Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Ways and Means (Fifty-fifth through Sixty-first Congresses); majority leader (Fifty-sixth through Sixty-first Congresses); had been reelected to the Sixty-fourth Congress; died on December 10, 1914, in Washington, D.C.; interment in Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, N.Y.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston Athenaeum

Boston, MA
Papers: In the Arthur Howard Nichols Papers, 1909-1912, 4 boxes. Correspondents include Sereno Elisha Payne.

Stanford University
Special Collections & University Archives

Stanford, CA
In the James Carson Needham Papers, 1893-1936, 6 linear feet Subjects include Sereno Elisha Payne.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Payne, Sereno Elisha. Our relations with Puerto Rico. [N.p., 1900].

------. The tariff. Speech ... in the House ... July 19, 1897. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1897?]

United States. 63d Cong., 3d sess., 1914-1915. Sereno Elisha Payne (late a Representative from New York) Memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives of the United States, Sixty-third Congress. Proceedings in the House February 7, 1915. Proceedings in the Senate December 11, 1914. Prepared under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1916.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Ways and Means - Chair
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