Robert Denniston

Robert Denniston

Robert Denniston [ The name is given sometimes erroneously, especially in contemporaneous newspaper accounts, as Robert Dennison] (October 15, 1800 Blooming Grove, Orange County, New York - December 2, 1867 Salisbury Mills [ Salisbury Mills is a hamlet that lies partly in the towns of Blooming Grove and Cornwall. Actually, he died at the same place where he was born, in that part of the hamlet of Salisbury Mills which lies within the Town of Blooming Grove.] , Orange County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician.


He was the son of James Denniston (ca. 1770-1825) and Prudence Morrison Denniston. On September 24, 1823, he married Julianna Howell (d. 1825). Afterwards he married Mary Scott, and they had five sons and six daughters.

He served as an officer of the New York State Militia and as a Justice of the Peace in Blooming Grove. He was appointed by Governor William L. Marcy a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Orange County

He was a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly in 1835, 1839 and 1840. He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1841 to 1847. In the Senate, he was Chairman of the Committee on Canals.

As a Republican, he was New York State Comptroller from 1860 to 1861.



* [] Bio from "History of The Town of New Windsor, Orange County, N.Y." by Edward M. Ruttenber (Newburgh NY, 1911, printed for The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands), at netcom
* [] Obit from "Albany Evening Journal", in NYT on December 8, 1867
* [] Political Graveyard
* [] Political Graveyard (doubled entry, giving surname as Dennison)
* [ Google Book] "The New York Civil List" compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 140, 269f; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)

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