05 April 2009

Frederick Augustus Conkling

Member of Congress

Frederick Augustus Conkling was a Republican member Congress, representing New York State in the House of Representatives during the Thirty-seventh Congress (1861-63). The son of Alfred Conkling, and the brother of Senator Roscoe Conkling and mayor of Auburn Aurelian Conkling, he was born in Canajoharie, Montgomery County, New York, on 22 August 1816. He pursued a course of classical studies at the Albany Academy prior to enterring business in New York City. He served as a member of the New York State Assembly in 1854, 1859 and 1860. During the Civil War, he organized the Eighty-fourth Regiment, New York Volunteers, and became its colonel, serving throughout the Shenendoah Campaign. In 1868, Conkling ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York City. He was among the organizers of the West Side Savings Bank of New York and later became its president. He also served as president of Aetna Fire Insurance Company of Hartford until the company's dissolution in 1880. After his death at New York City on 18 September 1891, he was interred in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.