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CUMMINGS, Amos Jay, a Representative from New York; born in Conkling, Broome County, N.Y., May 15, 1841; attended the common schools; apprenticed to the printing trade when twelve years of age; was with William Walker in his last invasion of Nicaragua in October 1858; during the Civil War served as sergeant major of the Twenty-sixth New Jersey Regiment, Second Brigade, Sixth Corps, Army of the Potomac; filled editorial positions on the New York Tribune under Horace Greeley, the New York Sun, and the New York Express; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1889); declined renomination in 1888, but was subsequently elected to the Fifty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Samuel S. Cox; reelected to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses and served from November 5, 1889, to November 21, 1894, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Naval Affairs (Fifty-third Congress); elected to the Fifty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative-elect Andrew J. Campbell; reelected to the Fifty-fifth, Fifty-sixth, and Fifty-seventh Congresses and served from November 5, 1895, until his death in Baltimore, Md., May 2, 1902; interment in Clinton Cemetery, Irvington, N.J.

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

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External Research Collections

Radcliffe College
Schlesinger Library

Cambridge, MA
Papers: In the H. Greene Diary, 1886-1887, 1 folder. In the diary, H. Greene writes about a visit to New York City as a guest of Amos J. Cummings and his wife. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Syracuse University
Manuscript Collections, George Arents Research Library for Special Collections

Syracuse, NY
Papers: In the Ashley W. Cole Papers, 1882-1916, 0.25 linear foot. Subjects covered include Amos J. Cummings. An unpublished guide is available in the repository.

University of Nevada
Special Collections Department, Reno Library

Reno, NV
Papers: In the Dan De Quille Papers, 1877-1887, 12 items. The paper include correspondence from Dan De Quille to Amos J. Cummings.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Cummings, Amos Jay. Cuba and the war-revenue bill. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

------. Frolicking bears, wet vultures, and other oddities: A New York City journalist in nineteenth-century Florida. Edited by Jerald T. Milanich; foreword by Gary R. Mormino and Raymond Arsenault. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005.

------. The spirit of '76. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

------. The Sun's Greeley campaign songster. New York: The Sun, 1872.

International typographical union of North America. Union no. 6, New York. Memorial services in honor of Amos J. Cummings, under the auspices of Typographical union no. 6, on Sunday afternoon, June 22, 1902, at Carnegie Music Hall, New York. [New York: Blumenberg Press, 1902].

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