(10 November, 1810 -- 30 April, 1873) Brooks was an American journalist and politician. Born in Portland, Maine, Brooks studied law and edited the Portland Advertiser. In 1836, Brooks moved to New York City and established the New York Daily Express. Brooks was the Editor of the New York Daily Express for the entirety of his remaining life. Brooks was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first and succeeding Congress, however, failed reelection in 1852. In 1863, Brooks was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress and presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Thirty-ninth Congress. The election was contested by William E. Dodge and Brooks was removed from service. Brooks served in the New York state constitutional convention in 1867 and was elected to the Fortieth and to the three succeeding Congresses, serving until his death.
[Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp]
New York Delegation - United States Fourteenth Amendment & The Civil Rights Act of 1866
New York Delegation - United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65
New York Delegation - United States Fifteenth Amendment