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Thomas Gold Alvord (December 20, 1810 – October 26, 1897) was an American lawyer, merchant and politician. Throughout his political career he was known as Old Salt. Life[edit] He was born on December 20, 1810 in Onondaga, New York, to Elisha Alvord and Helen Lansing. His grandfather Thomas Gold Alvord was a soldier in the French and Indian War and served in the American Revolutionary War.[1] In 1813, the family moved to Lansingburgh, New York. He graduated from Yale College in 1828. Then he studied law with Thomas A. Tomlinson and George A. Simmons at Keeseville, New York, was admitted to the bar in 1832, and commenced practice at Salina, New York. In 1846, he became a lumber merchant.[1] He began his political career as a Democrat, joined the Free Soil Party in 1848, and was elected to the Assembly term of 1858 as a Democrat. In 1861, he became a War Democrat, chaired the Union Convention at Syracuse, was nominated to run for the Assembly, and was endorsed by the Republicans and elected without opposition. For the terms from 1864 to 1872, he was elected as a Republican. For the term of 1874, he was elected as an Independent, defeating the Republican incumbent.[1] He was a member from Onondaga County of the New York State Assembly in 1844, 1858, 1862, 1864, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1874, 1875, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881 and 1882. He was Speaker in 1858, 1864 and 1879.[1] He was the Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1865 to 1866.[1] He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Conventions in 1867 and 1894,[2] and was chosen vice president on both occasions.[1] He died on October 26, 1897, in Syracuse, New York;[3] and was buried at the Oakwood Cemetery there. References[edit]

^ a b c d e f John Howard Brown (ed.). "Thomas Gold Alvord". The Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Retrieved 2012-11-08. His paternal grandfather, Thomas Gold Alvord, was a soldier in the French and Indian war of 1756, and also served in the Revolutionary war, as did his maternal ...  ^ JOSEPH H. CHOATE TO PRESIDE in the New York Times on May 8, 1894 ^ "Thomas Gold Alvord". New York Times. October 27, 1897. Retrieved 2012-11-08. Thomas Gold Alvord. Ex-Lieut. Gen. Thomas Gold Alvord died yesterday morning of old age at his home in Syracuse. He had been confined to his bed for more ... 

External links[edit]

Thomas G. Alvord at Find a Grave

New York Assembly

Preceded by Sidney Smith New York State Assembly Onondaga County, 2nd District 1858 Succeeded by Henry W. Slocum

Preceded by Austin Myers New York State Assembly Onondaga County, 2nd District 1862 Succeeded by Elizur Clark

Preceded by Elizur Clark New York State Assembly Onondaga County, 2nd District 1864 Succeeded by Daniel P. Wood

Preceded by James V. Kendall New York State Assembly Onondaga County, 1st District 1870–1872 Succeeded by William H. H. Gere

Preceded by William H. H. Gere New York State Assembly Onondaga County, 1st District 1874–1875 Succeeded by Allen Munroe

Preceded by Allen Munroe New York State Assembly Onondaga County, 1st District 1877–1882 Succeeded by James Geddes

Political offices

Preceded by DeWitt Clinton Littlejohn Speaker of the New York State Assembly 1858 Succeeded by DeWitt Clinton Littlejohn

Preceded by Theophilus C. Callicot Speaker of the New York State Assembly 1864 Succeeded by George Gilbert Hoskins

Preceded by David R. Floyd-Jones Lieutenant Governor of New York 1865–1866 Succeeded by Stewart L. Woodford

Preceded by James W. Husted Speaker of the New York State Assembly 1879 Succeeded by George H. Sharpe

Preceded by Erastus Brooks Minority Leader in the New York State Assembly 1882 Succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt

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