Edward Curtis (politician)

Edward Curtis (born October 25, 1801 in Windsor, Vermont – died August 2, 1856) was a Representative from New York for two terms, March 4, 1837 through March 3, 1841. He served as Collector of the Port of New York beginning on March 23, 1841 until July 7, 1844.[1]

Education and career

He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, in 1823. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1824. He began practice in New York City along with his brother George Curtis. The two formed a partnership with Judge Daniel B. Talmadge.

In 1834 Curtis became a member of the common council from the Third Ward of New York City.[2] He was voted president of the board of assistant aldermen as a representative of the Whig Party (United States). His opponent in this political contest was James R. Whiting of the Democratic Party (United States).

He was elected to the Twenty-fifth Congress and Twenty-sixth Congress, (March 4, 1837 and March 3, 1841), representing New York's 3rd congressional district. He was chosen chairman of the Committee of Commerce. Curtis was not a candidate for renomination.

He was appointed Collector of the Port of New York by William Henry Harrison,[2] and served until July 7, 1844. Curtis was removed as collector by John Tyler. Afterward he resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C..


He died in New York City on August 2, 1856 following a lingering illness.[2] His place of burial is unknown.


  1. The New Collector Talks, New York Times, July 31, 1891, pg. 8.
  2. 1 2 3 Death of Hon. Edward Curtis, New York Times, August 5, 1856, pg. 4.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gideon Lee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Fernando Wood
Government offices
Preceded by
John J. Morgan
Collector of the Port of New York
Succeeded by
Cornelius P. Van Ness
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