James S. T. Stranahan

Infobox Person
name = James Samuel Thomas Stranahan

image_size = 250px
caption = Stranahan circa 1880
birth_date = April 25, 1808 Birth date|1808|4|25
birth_place = Peterboro, New York
death_date = September 03, 1898 Death date and age|1898|9|3|1808|4|25
death_place = Saratoga Springs, New York
education = Cazenovia Seminary
occupation = Shipping, Urban Development, Investment, Politics
spouse = Marrianne Fitch (1837-1866)
Clara C. Harrison
parents = Samuel Stranahan
Lynda Josselyn cite news
title = Mr. Stranahan Dead
work = The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
pages = [http://eagle.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/Default/Scripting/ArchiveView.asp?Skin=BE&AppName=2&BaseHref=BEG/1898/09/03 Page 1 Column 1]
language = english
publisher = Brooklyn Eagle Inc.
date = 1898-09-03
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access_date = 2007-05-27
children = Mary Stranahan Croxton
, Brooklyn cite news
title = For A Statue in Honor of James S. T. Stranahan
work = The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
pages = [http://eagle.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/Default/Skins/BE/Client.asp?Skin=BE&AppName=2 Page 6, Col. 3]
language = english
publisher = Brooklyn Eagle Inc.
date = 1890-01-15
url = http://eagle.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/Default/Layout/Includes/BE/ArtWin.asp?From=Search&Key=BEG%2F1890%2F01%2F15%2F6%2FAr00603%2Exml&CollName=BEG%5FCOL2&DOCID=1166252&Keyword=%28%3Cmany%3E%3Cstem%3EProspect%3Cnear%2F2%3E%3Cmany%3E%3Cstem%3EPark%29&skin=BE&AppName=2&ViewMode=GIF
access_date = 2007-05-27
] ] James Samuel Thomas Stranahan (April 25, 1808 - September 3, 1898) was a United States Representative from New York.

Early years

Born in Peterboro, Madison County, New York, he attended the common schools and Cazenovia Seminary. He founded the town of Florence in Oneida County in 1832 and engaged in the lumber business. He was postmaster of Florence and was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1838. He moved to Newark, New Jersey in 1840 and engaged in building railroads.


In 1844, Stranahan moved to Brooklyn, and was elected alderman of that city in 1848. He was elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress and held office from March 4, 1855 to March 3, 1857. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress and was appointed as a member of the metropolitan police commission on January 1, 1857. He was a presidential elector on the Republican tickets in 1860 and 1888, and was the president of the Brooklyn Park Commission from 1860 to 1882, where he was instrumental in securing funding and political support for Brooklyn's Prospect Park. He was a trustee of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge Company, serving as its President in 1885 and presided at its dedication on May 24, 1883. cite web
title = Brooklyn Museum - Brooklyn Bridge 50th Anniversary Celebration
url = http://www.endex.com/gf/buildings/bbridge/bbridgenews/bb50/bb50.htm
] In the 1890s, Mr. Stranahan promoted the consolidation of City of Brooklyn into a Greater New York and was an active member in the Commission that framed the first charter for the City of Greater New York.


Stranahan died at his summer home in Saratoga Springs in 1898; interment was in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.


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