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Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax
Jr. (/ˈskaɪlər ˈkoʊlfæks/; March 23, 1823 – January 13, 1885) was an American journalist, businessman, and politician from Indiana. He served as a United States Representative (1855–69), Speaker of the House of Representatives (1863–69), and the 17th Vice President of the United States
Vice President of the United States
(1869–73). To date, he is one of only two Americans ( John Nance Garner
John Nance Garner
is the other) to have served as both House speaker and vice president. Colfax was known for his opposition to slavery while serving in Congress, and was a founder of the Republican Party. In January 1865, as Speaker of the House, Colfax made the unusual choice to cast a vote for passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. (Speakers can vote on House motions but, by convention, rarely do so.) After winning the presidential election of 1868, Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant
and Colfax, at ages 46 and 45, were the youngest Presidential ticket elected in the 19th Century. Believing Grant would only serve one term, in 1870 Colfax attempted unsuccessfully to garner support for the 1872 presidential nomination by telling friends and supporters he would not seek a second vice presidential term. Grant ran again, and Colfax reversed himself and attempted to win the vice presidential nomination, but was defeated by Henry Wilson. In January 1871, Colfax encouraged a unified Italy to adopt a republican government that protected religious freedom and civil rights of its citizens. An 1873 Congressional investigation into the Crédit Mobilier scandal named Colfax as one of the members of Congress (mostly Republicans) who in 1868 were offered (and possibly took) payments of cash and discounted stock from the Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad
in exchange for favorable action during the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Colfax left the vice presidency at the end of his term in 1873 and never again ran for office. Afterwards he worked as a business executive and became a popular lecturer and speech maker. Colfax died in Mankato, Minnesota, on January 13, 1885, while changing trains as he was en route to Rock Rapids, Iowa, to give a speech.[1]


1 Early life 2 Newspaper editor 3 Marriages and family 4 Whig Party delegate 5 Beta Theta Pi 6 US Representative (1855–69)

6.1 Know Nothing party affiliation 6.2 Opposition to slavery 6.3 Civil War

6.3.1 Visiting Frémont in St. Louis 6.3.2 Elected Speaker of the House 6.3.3 Announcing passage of Thirteenth Amendment

6.4 Reconstruction

6.4.1 Western travels 6.4.2 Addressing political situation

6.5 Election of 1868

7 Vice President (1869–1873)

7.1 Italian unity 7.2 Election of 1872 7.3 Crédit Mobilier scandal (1872–1873)

8 Lecturer and business executive 9 Declined to run for office (1882) 10 Death and burial 11 Historical reputation 12 Media portrayals 13 Odd Fellows: founder of Rebekah Degree 14 Publications 15 See also 16 References 17 Sources

17.1 Books 17.2 New York Times

18 External links

Early life[edit] Further information: Schuyler-Colfax House

Schuyler Colfax's grandfather William

Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax
was born on March 23, 1823, in New York City
New York City
to Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax
Sr. (born August 3, 1792), a bank teller, and Hannah Delameter Stryker, who had married on April 25, 1820.[2] His grandfather, William Colfax, served in George Washington's Life Guard during the American Revolution, became a general in the New Jersey militia and married Hester Schuyler, a cousin of General Philip Schuyler.[2][3] William was commander at Sandy Hook
Sandy Hook
during the War of 1812.

Ancestral home of Schuyler Colfax's grandparents William and Hester. Originally built in 1695.

Colfax's father contracted tuberculosis and died on October 30, 1822, five months before Colfax was born. His sister Mary died in July 1823, 4 months after he was born. His mother later remarried, becoming the wife of George W. Mathews.[2] Colfax's mother and grandmother ran a boarding house as their primary means of economic support. Colfax attended private schools in New York City
New York City
until he was 10, when family financial difficulties ended his formal education and caused him to take a job as a clerk in the store owned by his stepfather.[2][4] In 1836 Colfax's family moved to New Carlisle, Indiana.[5] In 1841 Mathews was elected St. Joseph County Auditor, and he appointed Colfax as his deputy, a post which Colfax held for all eight years Mathews served as auditor.[2] Newspaper editor[edit] Colfax became interested in journalism and covered the Indiana
Senate for the Indiana
State Journal.[2] In 1845 Colfax purchased the newspaper and changed its name to the St. Joseph Valley Register. In addition to covering the Indiana
Senate, Colfax contributed articles on Indiana
politics to the New York Tribune, leading to a friendship with its editor, Horace Greeley. At 19 Colfax became the editor of the pro-Whig South Bend Free Press. He owned the Register for nine years, at first in support of the Whigs, then shifting to the Republican Party after its founding in the 1850s.[6] Marriages and family[edit]

Ellen M. Wade, wife of Schuyler Colfax

On October 10, 1844, Colfax married childhood friend Evelyn Clark. She died childless in 1863. On November 18, 1868, two weeks after he was elected vice president, Colfax married Ellen (Ella) M. Wade (1836-1911), a niece of Senator Benjamin Wade. They had one son, Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax
III (1870-1929), who served as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, from 1898 to 1901.[7] Whig Party delegate[edit] Colfax was a delegate to the 1848 Whig National Convention. He was also a delegate to the state constitutional convention of 1849-50. Colfax was the 1852 Whig nominee for Congress in the district which included South Bend, but narrowly lost to his Democratic opponent. Beta Theta Pi[edit] In 1854 Colfax was initiated into the Beta Theta Pi
Beta Theta Pi
fraternity at DePauw University, an achievement remarkable for the fact that he had not attended college.[8] US Representative (1855–69)[edit] In 1854 Colfax ran for Congress again; the Whig Party was on the verge of collapse, and Colfax won election as a candidate of the short-lived Indiana
People's Party, an anti-slavery movement which formed to oppose the Kansas–Nebraska Act. Colfax served seven terms, March 4, 1855, to March 3, 1869. He was chairman of the House Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads from 1859 to 1863. From 1863 to 1869 he served as Speaker of the House. Know Nothing party affiliation[edit] In 1855 Colfax considered joining the Know Nothing Party
Know Nothing Party
because of the antislavery plank in its platform. He was selected, without his knowledge, to be a delegate to the party's June convention, but had mixed feelings about the party and subsequently denied having been a member. Although he agreed with many Know Nothing policies, he disapproved of its secrecy oath and citizenship test. By the time of his 1856 campaign for re-election, the Republican Party had formed as the main anti-slavery party, and Colfax became an early member. [9] Opposition to slavery[edit] Colfax was identified with the Radical Republicans
Radical Republicans
in Congress, and was an energetic opponent of slavery. His speech attacking the pro-slavery Lecompton
Legislature in Kansas
was printed in pamphlet form, and became the most widely requested Republican campaign document in the 1858 mid-term elections. Civil War[edit] Visiting Frémont in St. Louis[edit]

John C. Frémont

At the start of the American Civil War
American Civil War
Major General John C. Frémont commanded Union Army
Union Army
forces in St. Louis, Missouri, appointed by President Abraham Lincoln.[10] On September 3, 1861 Confederate General Sterling Price
Sterling Price
defeated Union Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. During the battle, Price's Confederate troops under Leonidas Polk
Leonidas Polk
occupied Columbus, Kentucky. Frémont was blamed for not reinforcing Lyon, who had been killed in the fighting. On September 6, Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant, under Frémont's authority, took Paducah without a fight and established a Union supply base in Kentucky. Colfax, concerned over the Confederate Army's occupation of Kentucky and threatened Union security of Missouri, decided to visit Frémont. After his arrival in St. Louis, Colfax met Frémont on September 14, 1861, and petitioned him to send troops to cut off Price from capturing Lexington. Colfax believed Frémont had 20,000 troops under his command in St. Louis. Frémont informed Colfax that he only had 8,000 troops in St. Louis and was unable to spare any.[10] In addition Frémont told Colfax that Lincoln and federal authorities in Washington had requested him to dispatch 5,000 of his troops elsewhere. Colfax suggested that Frémont reply that he could not spare any troops or Missouri would be lost to the Confederacy. Frémont declined, recognizing that he had a reputation for being insubordinate, and not wanting to appear unwilling to follow the instructions of his superiors in the Lincoln administration.[10] Frémont had earlier angered President Lincoln over his controversial August 30 edict that put Missouri under martial law and emancipated rebel slaves outside of the Confiscation Act. Price captured Lexington on September 20 and threatened to take the whole state of Missouri. Frémont finally responded on September 29. Having a force of thirty-eight thousand troops, he arrived at Sedalia southeast of Lexington, threatening to trap the rebels against the Missouri River. On September 29, Price abandoned Lexington, and soon was forced to abandon the state headed to Arkansas and later Mississippi. On November 1, seven weeks after Colfax's visit, Frémont ordered Grant to make demonstrations along the Mississippi against the Confederates, but not to directly engage the enemy. The following day Frémont was relieved from command by Lincoln for refusing to revoke his August 30 edict. On November 7, Grant attacked Belmont drawing Confederate troops from Columbus and inflicting Confederate casualties. In February 1862, Grant, in combination with the Union navy, captured Confederate Forts Henry and Donaldson, forcing Polk to abandon Columbus. The Confederate army was finally pushed out of Kentucky after Union General Don Carlos Buell
Don Carlos Buell
defeated Confederate General Braxton Bragg
Braxton Bragg
at the Battle of Perryville
Battle of Perryville
in October, 1862. Elected Speaker of the House[edit] In 1862, following Galusha A. Grow's defeat for reelection to his House seat, Colfax succeeded Grow as Speaker of the House.[11] Announcing passage of Thirteenth Amendment[edit] On January 31, 1865, Colfax announced the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Though it is unusual for the Speaker to vote, he directed the clerk to call his name after the roll call had been taken. He then cast the final vote in favor of the amendment, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and territories, to much applause from its supporters in the House.[12] Reconstruction[edit] Western travels[edit] In 1865, Colfax, along with author Samuel Bowles and Lieutenant Governor of Illinois William Bross, set out across the western territories from Mississippi to the California coast to record their experiences. They compiled their observations in an 1869 book called Our New West. Included in their book were details of the views of Los Angeles, with its wide panorama of vast citrus groves and orchards, and conversations with Brigham Young. Addressing political situation[edit] On September 17, 1867, Colfax addressed a Republican meeting in Lebanon, New York, on the political situation in Washington.[13] Colfax said he was firmly against those who participated in the Confederate rebellion to be reinstated in office and control Republican Reconstruction policy. Colfax affirmed that he was not in any way for repudiating the debt caused by the Confederate rebellion.[13] Colfax said Congressional reconstruction would give security and peace to the nation as opposed to President Johnson and his southern Democratic policies. Colfax favored Johnson's impeachment saying Johnson was recreant, an upsurper, and was unfaithful in executing the Reconstruction laws of the land in granting a general amnesty to all Southerners who participated in the Civil War. Colfax told Republicans who were tired of Reconstruction to leave the party and join the Democrats.[13] Election of 1868[edit] Further information: 1868 Republican National Convention
1868 Republican National Convention
and United States presidential election, 1868

Grant Colfax 1868 Campaign Poster

During the 1868 Republican Convention the Republicans nominated Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant
for president.[11] Colfax was selected for vice president on the fifth ballot.[14] Colfax was popular among Republicans for his friendly character, party loyalty, and Radical views on Reconstruction.[14] Among Republicans he was known as "Smiler Colfax."[14] Grant won the general election, and Colfax was elected the 17th Vice President of the United States. Edward Colley Wellesley rode with him abt. 1867-68 over the Tippecanoe Battlefield in Indiana when running for the V.P. of the U.S. .[11][14] Vice President (1869–1873)[edit]

Vice President Schuyler Colfax

Colfax was inaugurated March 4, 1869, and served until March 4, 1873. Grant and Colfax, 46 and 45 respectively at the time of their inauguration, were the youngest presidential and vice presidential team until the inauguration of Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
and Al Gore
Al Gore
in 1993.[15] Italian unity[edit] On Friday, January 6, 1872, from Washington, D.C., in a letter published in the New York Times, Colfax recognized and rejoiced in King Victor Emmanuel II's victory of unifying Italy and setting up a new government in Rome. Colfax encouraged Italy to form a Republican government that protected religious freedom, regardless of faith, and the civil rights of all individuals, including those who lived in poverty. Colfax said, "for out of this new life of civil and religious liberty will flow peace and happiness, progress and prosperity, with material and national development, and advancement as surely as healthy springs flow from fountains of purity."[16] Election of 1872[edit] Further information: 1872 Republican National Convention Prior to the 1872 Presidential election, Colfax believed that Grant would only serve one term as President.[14] In 1870 Colfax announced he would not run for political office in 1872.[14] Colfax's announcement failed to garner prominent support among Republicans for a presidential bid, as he had planned, while Grant decided to run for a second term.[14] In addition, Liberal Republican interest in Colfax as a possible presidential candidate alienated him from Grant and the regular Republicans. (The Liberal Republicans believed that the Grant administration was corrupt and were against Grant's attempted annexation of Santo Domingo.)[14] Colfax reversed course and became a candidate for the Republican vice presidential nomination by informing his supporters that he would accept it if it was offered.[14] However, Colfax's previously stated intent not to run in 1872 had created the possibility of a contested nomination, and Senator Henry Wilson defeated Colfax by 399.5 delegate votes to 321.5.[14] Grant went on to win election to a second term, and Wilson became the 18th Vice-President of the United States.[14] Crédit Mobilier scandal (1872–1873)[edit] In September 1872, during the presidential campaign, Colfax's reputation was marred by a New York Sun article which indicated that he was involved in the Crédit Mobilier scandal. Colfax was one of several Representatives and Senators (mostly Republicans), who were offered (and possibly took) bribes of cash and discounted shares in the Union Pacific Railroad's Crédit Mobilier subsidiary in 1868 from Congressman Oakes Ames
Oakes Ames
for votes favorable to the Union Pacific during the building of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Henry Wilson
Henry Wilson
was among those accused, but after initially denying a connection, he provided a complicated explanation to a Senate investigating committee, which involved his wife having purchased shares with her own money, and then later canceling the transaction over concerns about its propriety. Wilson's reputation for integrity was somewhat dampened, but not enough to prevent him from becoming vice president. Colfax also initially denied involvement to the press, but a Congressional investigation in January 1873 revealed that in 1868 Colfax had taken a $1,200 gift check for 20 shares of Crédit Mobilier stock from Ames. Colfax had deposited $1,200 in his bank account at the same time Ames recorded that he had paid Colfax $1,200. [17] Throughout the investigation and after leaving office Colfax denied having taken Ames's $1,200 check.[2] At the end of the investigation in February 1873, Colfax was not censured or forced to resign, mainly because the incident took place during his tenure as Congressman, and because he was scheduled to leave office the following month.[18] In addition to Colfax's involvement in the Crédit Mobilier scandal, the investigation revealed the more damaging accusation that Colfax had received a $4,000 gift also in 1868 from a contractor who supplied envelopes to the federal government while Colfax was chairman of the Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads, and so had influence in the awarding of such contracts.[18] His political career ruined, Colfax left office under a cloud at the end of his term in March, and never ran for office again.[11][18][19] Perhaps out of friendship to Colfax, or feeling guilty that Colfax had been dropped from the Republican ticket, President Grant sent Colfax a supportive letter.[20] In this letter, which was published on the day of Grant's second inauguration, he stated that he was "satisfied now (as I have ever been) of your integrity, patriotism, and freedom from the charges imputed, as if I knew of my own knowledge your innocence."[20] Lecturer and business executive[edit]

Colfax, five days out of office, was castigated in a political cartoon for his involvement in the Crédit Mobilier scandal. Uncle Sam shown encouraging Colfax to commit hara-kiri. Keppler March 8, 1873

Even after leaving office in 1873, Colfax's reputation remained damaged as he continued to defend himself against charges of corruption in the Crédit Mobilier scandal and from the Congressional investigation that followed. On March 8, 1873, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper published a political cartoon by Joseph Keppler that depicted Uncle Sam advocating Colfax commit hara-kiri.[21] Colfax began to recover his reputation after embarking on a successful career as a traveling lecturer offering speeches on a variety of topics. His most requested presentation was one on the life of Abraham Lincoln, whom the nation had begun to turn into an icon. With an expanding population that desired to know more details and context about Lincoln's life and career, an oration from someone who had known him personally was an attraction audiences were willing to pay to hear, and Colfax delivered his Lincoln lecture hundreds of times to positive reviews. In 1875, he became vice president of the Indiana
Reaper and Iron Company.[22] On February 12, 1875, having returned to Washington, D.C., to give a lecture he advised his friends in Congress who were frustrated over the slow pace of action "Ah! the way to get out of politics is to get out of politics."[22] Declined to run for office (1882)[edit] On April 3, 1882, Colfax announced in a letter to the South Bend Tribune that he declined to run for office again. Colfax said he appreciated that his friends had wanted him to become a candidate for his old U.S. House seat or another position,[23] but that he was satisfied by the 20 years of service he had given during the "stormiest years of our Nation's history."[23] He also said that he was enjoying his life as a private citizen. Colfax said he would not accept any nomination even if tendered without his having campaigned, and that his "only ambition now is to go in and out among my townsmen as a private citizen during what years of life may remain for me to enjoy on this earth."[23] Death and burial[edit]

Gravesite of Schuyler Colfax, in the South Bend City Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana

On January 13, 1885, Colfax walked about three-quarters of a mile (1 kilometer) in −30 °F (−34 °C) weather from the Front Street depot to the Omaha depot in Mankato, Minnesota, intending to change trains on his way to Rock Rapids, Iowa, to give a speech.[24] Five minutes after arriving at the depot, Colfax died of a heart attack brought on by the extreme cold and exhaustion.[25] He was buried in the City Cemetery at South Bend, Indiana.[26] A historical marker in Mankato in Washington Park, site of the former depot, marks the spot where he died. Colfax died the same year as President Grant. Historical reputation[edit] Colfax's 20 years of public service ended in controversy in 1873 due to the revelation that he was involved in the Crédit Mobilier scandal. He never returned to seek political office in part because he believed that it was best to stay out of politics once leaving office, and in part because he was content with his life as a private citizen. Because of his success as a lecturer, his reputation was somewhat restored. He had remained popular in his home area, and was often encouraged to run for office, including attempts to nominate him for his old U.S. House seat, but he always declined.[23] Towns in the U.S. states of California, North Carolina, Illinois, Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, and Louisiana are named after him. Schuyler, Nebraska, named after Colfax, is the county seat of Colfax County, Nebraska. The ghost town of Colfax, Colorado, was named after him, as was Colfax County, New Mexico. Colfax, California
Colfax, California
boasts a bronze statue of Colfax, at the Amtrak
station. The main east-west street traversing Aurora, Denver and Lakewood, Colorado, and abutting the Colorado State Capitol
Colorado State Capitol
is named Colfax Avenue in the politician's honor. There is another Colfax Avenue
Colfax Avenue
in South Bend, Indiana
(a few miles east of his New Carlisle home and adjacent to his burial site); Colfax Place in the Highland Square neighborhood in Akron, Ohio, in Grant City in New York's Staten Island; in Minneapolis, Minnesota; in Roselle Park, New Jersey; and a Colfax Street on Chicago's South Side. There is a Colfax Street leading up Mt. Colfax in Springdale, Pennsylvania, in Palatine, Illinois, in Evanston, Illinois, and Jamestown, New York. Dallas, Texas, and one of its suburbs, Richardson, each have separate residential roads named Colfax Drive. There is also a Colfax Avenue
Colfax Avenue
in Concord, California, as well as in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where the school fight song contains the phrase "of that Colfax school" because the high school is located on the street. There is a Colfax Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The elementary school and high school in Colfax, California, also bear his last name. The Schuyler-Colfax House, built by Colfax's antecedents,[27] can be found in Wayne, New Jersey. Also in Wayne is a middle school bearing the same name, near the intersection of Hamburg Turnpike and Colfax Rd.[citation needed] Members of his family reside in northern New Jersey, but no longer own the Colfax museum.[citation needed] They are currently trying to purchase the museum and all of its contents.[citation needed] Media portrayals[edit] Actor Bill Raymond portrayed Colfax during his time as Speaker in the 2012 Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
film Lincoln. The casting choice was interesting in that Raymond was in his early seventies when the film was made while Colfax was in his early forties when the movie was set, roughly the same as Speaker Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan
who became speaker in 2015. Odd Fellows: founder of Rebekah Degree[edit]

Part of a series on

Odd Fellows

General articles

Odd Fellows Grand lodge

Governing bodies

Independent Order of Odd Fellows Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity Grand United Order of Oddfellows

Auxiliaries and appendant bodies

International Association of Rebekah Assemblies Household of Ruth Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans Ladies of the Orient


John Wilkes Sir George Savile, 8th Baronet Thomas Wildey Peter Ogden Schuyler Colfax Category:Odd Fellows

Financial services

IOOF Holdings Limited Manchester Unity Credit Union


List of Odd Fellows
Odd Fellows
buildings Category: Odd Fellows
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Main article: International Association of Rebekah Assemblies As a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Colfax, along with members William T. Martin of Mississippi and E. G. Steel of Tennessee, were appointed to prepare a Ritual of ceremonies pertaining to the Rebekah Degree and report at the 1851 session.[28] On September 20, 1851, the IOOF approved the degree and Colfax was considered the author and founder.[29][30] Publications[edit]

Hollister, Ovando James (1886). Life of Schuyler Colfax. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. 

See also[edit]

American Civil War
American Civil War

Dudley-Winthrop Family


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Schuyler Colfax
Drops Dead at Mankato". Worthington Advance. Worthington, MN. January 15, 1885. p. 4. (Subscription required (help)).  ^ a b c d e f g BDOA_CS_1906. ^ William Nelson (1876). Biographical Sketch of William Colfax, Captain of Washington's Body Guard.  ^ Hollister, Ovando James (1886). Life of Schuyler Colfax. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. pp. 14–19. OCLC 697981267.  ^ Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax
Collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library http://www.in.gov/library/finding-aid/L036%20Colfax%20Schuyler%20Collection%20revision.pdf ^ Trefousse, Hans (1991). Historical Dictionary of Reconstruction. New York: Greenwood Press. pp. 47–48. ISBN 0313258627. OCLC 23253205.  ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Colemar to Collini". politicalgraveyard.com.  ^ William Raimond Baird (1906). Hand-book of Beta Theta Pi. New York, NY. p. 297.  ^ Brand, Carl Fremont (1916). The History of the Know Nothing Party
Know Nothing Party
in Indiana. Bloomington, IN: Indiana
University. p. 74, note 39.  ^ a b c Abbot 1864, p. 282,283. ^ a b c d Bain, David Haward (2004). The Old Iron Road: An Epic of Rails, Roads, and the Urge to Go West. New York City, New York: Penguin Books. pp. 65–6. ISBN 0-14-303526-6.  ^ Rives, F. & J. (January 31, 1865). "Proceedings, January 31, 1865". Congressional Globe. Washington, DC. p. 531. > ^ a b c New York Times (September 20, 1867), Hon. Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax
on the Political Situation, PDF. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Joseph E. Delgatto, Indiana
Journal Hall of Fame, Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax
1966 ^ Ifill, Gwen (July 10, 1992). "THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: Democrats; CLINTON SELECTS SENATOR GORE OF TENNESSEE AS RUNNING MATE". The New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2010.  ^ NYT 01-10-1871. ^ Chernow 2017. ^ a b c MacDonald 1930, p. 298. ^ Brinkley, Alan (2008). The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People (5th ed.). New York City, New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 409. ISBN 978-0-07-330702-2.  ^ a b Chernow 2017, p. 753. ^ Joseph Keppler (March 8, 1873), Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, page 420 ^ a b New York Times (February 14, 1875), A Visit From Schuyler Colfax ^ a b c d NYT 04-07-1882. ^ Hollister, 1886. ^ " Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax
Dead", The New York Times, January 14, 1885, p. 1. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "The Political Graveyard: St. Joseph County, Ind". politicalgraveyard.com.  ^ "Historic House Museums, Structures and Sites". Wayne Township Parks and Recreation Department. Town of Wayne, NJ. Retrieved May 28, 2016.  ^ Humphrey, Jimmy C., editor (January 1, 2015). "How Time has Changed... The Degree of Rebekah" (PDF). I.O.O.F. News. Winston-Salem, NC. p. 13. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ "Our Rebekah History". Official website. Rebekah Assembly of Idaho. Retrieved 11 April 2010.  ^ "The International Association of Rebekah Assemblies". Rebekahs In the San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area – website. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 

Sources[edit] Books[edit]

Abbot, John S.C. (1864). The History of the Civil War in America. New York: Henry Bill.  Chernow, Ron (2017). Grant. New York: Penguin Press. ISBN 978-1-5942-0487-6.  MacDonald, William (1930). Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, ed. Dictionary of American Biography Colfax, Schuyler. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.  Rossiter Johnson, ed. (1906). Biographical Dictionary of America Colfax, Schuyler. 

New York Times[edit]

" Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax
Refuses". New York Times. New York. April 7, 1882.  "Hon. Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax
on Italian Unity". New York Times. New York. January 10, 1871. 

External links[edit]

Schuyler Colfax's signature on the 1864 joint resolution proposing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax
at Find a Grave United States Senate: Schuyler Colfax, 17th Vice-President Fremont's hundred days in Missouri : speech of Schuyler Colfax, of Indiana, in reply to Mr. Blair, of Missouri, delivered in the House of Representatives, March 7, 1862 at archive.org The life and public services of Schuyler Colfax: together with his most important speeches at archive.org Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax
letters, MSS SC 137 at L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young
Brigham Young

United States Congress. " Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax
(id: C000626)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. 

Political offices

Preceded by Andrew Johnson Vice President of the United States March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1873 Succeeded by Henry Wilson

Preceded by Galusha A. Grow Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives December 7, 1863 – March 3, 1869 Succeeded by Theodore Medad Pomeroy

U.S. House of Representatives

Preceded by Norman Eddy Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 9th congressional district March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1869 Succeeded by John P. C. Shanks

Party political offices

Preceded by Andrew Johnson(1) Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States 1868 Succeeded by Henry Wilson

Notes and references

1. Lincoln and Johnson ran on the National Union ticket in 1864.

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Chairmen of the United States House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service

Post Office and Post Roads (1808–1947)

Rhea Ingham Livermore F. Johnson J. Johnson Ingham McKean R. Johnson Connor McKay Briggs Hopkins Goggin Potter Olds Mace English Colfax Alley Farnsworth Packer Clark Waddell Money Bingham Money Blount Bingham J. Henderson Loud Overstreet Weeks Moon Steenerson Griest Sanders Mead Romjue Burch O'Brien

(Reform in the) Civil Service* (1893–1947)

Andrew De Forest Brosius Gillett Godwin Hamill Godwin Lehlbach Jeffers Ramspeck Randolph

Post Office and Civil Service (1947–1995)

Rees Murray Rees Murray Dulski D. Henderson Nix Hanley Ford Clay


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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana

1st district

Prince Call Boon Blake Boon Proffit Owen Embree Albertson Lockhart Miller Lockhart Niblack Law Niblack Fuller Heilman Kleiner Hovey Posey Parrett Taylor Hemenway Foster Boehne Sr. Lieb Denton Luhring W. Wilson Rowbottom Boehne Jr. Schulte Madden Benjamin Hall Visclosky

2nd district

Jennings Carr Ewing J. W. Davis Ewing J. W. Davis Thompson Henley Dunham English Cravens Kerr Wolfe Williams Humphreys Cobb O'Neall Bretz Hardy Miers Chaney Cullop Bland Greenwood Durgan Halleck Landgrebe Fithian Sharp McIntosh Pence Chocola Donnelly Walorski

3rd district

Test O. Smith Test Carty Carr Graham Carr J. L. White T. Smith Robinson Dunham Dunn Hughes Dunn Harrington R. Hill Hunter Holman Kerr Carr Bicknell Stockslager Howard Brown Tracewell Zenor Cox Dunbar Gardner Dunbar Crowe Pettengill Grant Crook Crumpacker Nimtz Brademas Hiler Roemer Souder Stutzman Banks

4th district

Lane Dunn T. Smith Cravens C. Smith Julian Parker Lane Cumback Foley Holman Farquhar Holman Julian Je. Wilson New Sexton New Holman Watson Holman Griffith Dixon Benham Canfield Farley Gillie Kruse Adair Roush Quayle Coats Long Souder Buyer Rokita

5th district

McCarty Rariden Kennedy Brown Wick Brown Hendricks Parker Holloway Kilgore Julian Coburn Holman Browne Matson Cooper Overstreet Faris Holliday Moss Sanders N. Johnson Gillen Griswold Harness Walsh Beamer Roush Roudebush Hillis Jontz Buyer Burton Brooks

6th district

Kinnard Herod Wick Wallace J. W. Davis Dunn Gorman Hendricks Barbour Gregg Porter Dumont Coburn Voorhees Hunter Robinson Myers Browne H. Johnson Watson Barnard Gray Comstock Elliott Larrabee Jenckes N. Johnson Harden Wampler Roudebush Bray Evans Burton Pence Messer

7th district

Hannegan A. White Howard Lane Wright McGaughey Thompson McGaughey J. G. Davis Scott J. G. Davis Voorhees Washburn Orth Manson Cason Landers Hanna Matyr Peelle English Bynum Henry Overstreet Korbly Moores Updike Ludlow Greenwood Landis Noland Bray Myers Pease Kerns J. Carson A. Carson

8th district

Pettit McDonald Mace Ja. Wilson A. White Orth Tyner Hunter Hostetler Peirce Lamb Johnston Brookshire Faris Henry Cromer Adair Vestal Boehne Jr. La Follette Mitchell Denton Merrill Denton Zion Hayes Cornwell Deckard McCloskey Hostettler Ellsworth Bucshon

9th district

Sample Cathcart Fitch Eddy Shanks Cason M. White Orth Doxey Ward Cheadle Waugh Hanly Landis Morrison Purnell Crowe E. Wilson Hogan E. Wilson Hamilton B. Hill Sodrel B. Hill Young Hollingsworth

10th district

Kennedy Rockhill Harlan Brenton Chamberlain Case Mitchell Edgerton Defrees Williams Sayler Haymond Calkins Motte T. Wood Owen Patton Hammond Hatch Crumpacker Peterson W. Wood Gray Springer Harvey Harmon Harvey Roudebush Dennis Sharp Jacobs Jr. J. Carson

11th district

Harlan Pettit Shanks McDowell Stilwell Shanks Packard Evans Cowgill Steele Martin Steele Landis Rauch Kraus Cook Hall Griswold Larrabee Ludlow Jacobs Sr. Brownson Barr Bruce Jacobs Jr. Hudnut Jacobs Jr.

12th district

Hamilton Colerick Lowry J. B. White McClellan McNagny Leighty Robinson Gilbert Gilhams Cline Fairfield Hogg Ludlow

13th district

Baker Calkins Shively Ford Shively Conn Royse Brick Barnhart Hickey Pettengill


Hendricks Jennings Packard / Orth / Williams


Parke Thomas Jennings

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Odd Fellows

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Governing bodies

Independent Order of Odd Fellows Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity Grand United Order of Oddfellows

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International Association of Rebekah Assemblies Household of Ruth Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans Ladies of the Orient


John Wilkes Sir George Savile, 8th Baronet Thomas Wildey Peter Ogden Schuyler Colfax


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(1864 ←) United States presidential election, 1868
United States presidential election, 1868
(1872 →)

Democratic Party Convention


Horatio Seymour

VP nominee

Francis P. Blair Jr.


George H. Pendleton Thomas A. Hendricks Winfield S. Hancock Andrew Johnson Sanford E. Church Asa Packer James E. English Joel Parker James R. Doolittle Stephen J. Field Francis P. Blair Jr. Salmon P. Chase John T. Hoffman

Republican Party Convention


Ulysses S. Grant

VP nominee

Schuyler Colfax

Other 1868 elections: House Senate

Authority control

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