Charles H. Van Wyck

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"(May 10, 1824 -- October 24, 1895) Charles Henry Van Wyck was a(n), lawyer, public servant, soldier, general, farmer, and American politician. He was born in Poughkeepsie, Duchess County, New York and Moved to Nebraska in 1874. Van Wyck studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1847. He was a district attorney (1850-1856), delegate to the Nebraska state constitutional convention (1875), elected to the Nebraska state senate (1877, 1879, and 1881), and was an unsuccessful Populist governor of Nebraska (1892). Charles served in the Union Army as colonel of the 56th Regiment New York Volunteers, and brigadier general for services during the war. Van Wyck was elected as a Republican from New York to the 36th, 37th, 40th Congresses (March 4, 1859 - March 3, 1864 & March 4, 1867 - March 3, 1869). He also contested the election of George W. Green to the 41st Congress (February 17, 1870 - March 3, 1871). Charles was also elected as a Republicans from Nebraska to the United States Senate (March 4, 1881 - March 3, 1887) and was not reelected. During his time on Congress, he served as chairman on the Committee on Mileage (36th Congress), on the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (37th Congress), as chairman on the Committee on the Mississippi River and Tributaries (47th Congress), and as a member on the Committee on the Improvement of the Mississippi River and Tributaries (48th and 49th Congresses). [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - Present', available at]"

Member of New York Delegation—The Civil Rights Act of 1875, New York Delegation—United States Fifteenth Amendment, New York Delegation—The Road to Civil War.

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