Comstock, Oliver C

Comstock, Oliver C.

a Baptist minister, was born in Oswego County, N.Y., in 1784. He received an academic education, and commenced a course of study with a view to entering the Christian ministry. Subsequently he abandoned his theological studies and turned his attention to medicine, and, in due time, was licensed, and practiced his profession at Trumansburg, N.Y. For two years (1810-12) he was a member of the State House of Representatives, and afterwards was elected a representative from the state of New York to Congress, and was twice re-elected, his whole term of service reaching from May 24, 1813, to March 3, 1819. He retired from the practice of medicine, having decided to return to the vocation of his early choice, and was ordained as a Baptist clergyman. For a time he acted as chaplain of the House of Representatives at Washington. His death occurred at Marshall, Michigan, January 11, 1860. See Poole, Congressional Directory, page 342. (J.C.S.)

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