CONKLING, Alfred, (father of Frederick Augustus Conkling and Roscoe Conkling), a Representative from New York; born in Amagansett, N.Y., October 12, 1789; was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., in 1810; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1812 and commenced practice in Canajoharie; prosecuting attorney for Montgomery County 1818-1821; elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth Congress (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1823); moved to Albany, N.Y., about 1824 and to Auburn, N.Y., in 1839; appointed United States district judge for the northern district of New York and served from 1825 to 1852; appointed United States Minister to Mexico and served from August 6, 1852, to August 17, 1853; settled in Omaha, Nebr., and practiced law until 1861, when he resided successively in Rochester, Geneseo, and Utica, N.Y., moving to the latter city in 1872; devoted much time to literary pursuits; died in Utica, Oneida County, N.Y., on February 5, 1874; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Harold J. Jonas Collection of Roscoe Conkling Materials, 1822-1962, 150 items. The papers include correspondence (1822-1874) of Roscoe Conkling's father, Alfred Conkling. Unpublished finding aid in repository.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1824-1848. 24 items.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Bradstreet, Martha. The memorial of Martha Bradstreet, praying for the impeachment of Alfred Conkling, United States' judge of the Northern district of New-York. New-York: N.p., 1829.

Conkling, Alfred. The admiralty jurisdiction. Albany: W. C. Little & Co., 1848.

------. A discourse commemorative of the talents, virtues and services of the late De Witt Clinton. Albany: Printed by Websters and Skinners, 1828.

------. Legal reform. An address to the graduating class of the Law School of the University of Albany, delivered March 27, 1856. Albany: W. C. Little & Co., 1856.

------. The powers of the executive department of the government of the United States, and the political institutions and constitutional law of the United States. Albany, N.Y.: W.C. Little & Co., 1882.

------. A treatise on the organization and jurisdiction of the Supreme, circuit and district courts of the United States: The practice of these several courts in civil and criminal cases; of the Supreme and circuit courts on writ of error and certificate of division of opinion; and of the district courts in cases of municipal seizure; including a summary exposition of the law relative to the priority of the United States; imprisoned debtors; the remission of penalties and forfeitures; and naturalization. To which is added an appendix, containing ... rules ... and practical forms. 2d ed., Rev., cor. and much enl., by Alfred Conkling. New York: Gould, Banks & Co; Albany, W. & A. Gould & Co., 1842.

------. A treatise on the organization, jurisdiction, and practice of the courts of the United States. Albany: W. & A. Gould ; New York: Gould, Banks, 1831. Reprint, Holmes Beach, Fla.: Wm.W. Gaunt, 1987.

------. The young citizen's manual; being a digest of the laws of the state of New York and of the United States, relating to crimes and their punishments, and of such other parts of the laws of the state of New York relating to the ordinary business of social life as are most necessary to be generally known; with explanatory remarks. 2d ed. New York: W.E. Dean [etc.], 1839.

Jonas, Harold J. "Alfred Conkling, Jurist and Gentleman." New York History 20 (July 1939): 295-305.

United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Anson Little--charges against Judge Conkling. [Washington, D.C.?: N.p., 1849?]

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