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John Winthrop Chanler
American politician

John Winthrop Chanler

John Winthrop Chanler
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Intro American politician
Was Politician Lawyer
From United States of America
Field Law Politics
Gender male
Birth 14 September 1826, New York City, USA
Death 19 October 1877, Rokeby, USA (aged 51 years)
Star sign Virgo
Politics Democratic Party
Spouse: Margaret Astor Chanler
Children: John Armstrong ChalonerRobert Winthrop ChanlerElizabeth Astor Winthrop ChanlerMargaret Chanler AldrichLewis Stuyvesant ChanlerWinthrop Astor ChanlerWilliam A. Chanler
Columbia University
Heidelberg University
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John Winthrop Chanler (September 14, 1826 – October 19, 1877) was a prominent New York lawyer and a U.S. Representative from New York. He was a member of the Dudley–Winthrop family and married Margaret Astor Ward, a member of the Astor family.

Early life

John Winthrop Chanler was born in New York City on September 14, 1826, the only son of the Rev. Dr. John White Chanler, an Episcopalian clergyman from Charleston, South Carolina, and Elizabeth Shirreff Winthrop. His mother was a great-great-granddaughter of Wait Winthrop and Joseph Dudley and a great-great-great granddaughter of Peter Stuyvesant.

Chanler received his early education from private tutors, and graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1847. He attended the University of Heidelberg, studied law, and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1851.


A Democrat affiliated with Tammany Hall, Chanler was member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 10th D.) in 1858 and 1859. He was nominated for New York State Senate in 1860 but declined. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1860 to the Thirty-seventh Congress, losing to the Mozart Hall Democrats.

United States Congress

Chanler was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth, Thirty-ninth, and Fortieth United States Congresses, serving from March 4, 1863 to March 3, 1869.

While in Congress, Chanler served on the Committee of Bankrupt Law, Committee on Patents, Committee on Southern Railroads.

He was known for his censure on May 14, 1866 for an insult to the House of Representatives. The censure stemmed from a resolution he introduced expressing support for the vetoes of President Andrew Johnson, in which Chanler called acts of Congress vetoed by Johnson "wicked and revolutionary," and called House members who overruled the vetoes "malignant and mischievous."

He was defeated in his reelection to the 41st Congress for his hostility to Boss Tweed.

Later career

After Tweed was overthrown from running Tammany Hall in 1871, Chanler became a Sachem and Chairman of the General Committee. He ultimately gave up the positions in 1875 due to his declining health.


In 1851, Chanler married Margaret Astor "Maddie" Ward, whose parents were Samuel Cutler Ward and Emily Astor of the Astor family. She was also a granddaughter of Samuel Ward III and William Backhouse Astor Sr. as well as a great-granddaughter of Samuel Ward Jr., John Jacob Astor, and John Armstrong Jr. Together, John and Margaret had eleven children:

Margaret died of pneumonia in December 1875 shortly after attending the funeral of William Backhouse Astor Sr. She was buried at Trinity Church Cemetery in New York City. In her will, she left $55,000 (equivalent to $1,280,500 in 2019 dollars) to her husband, $1,000 (equivalent to $23,282 in 2019 dollars) a year to her father, and the rest to be divided among her children.

Death and burial

John Winthrop Chanler died at his "Rokeby" estate in Barrytown, New York, also of pneumonia, on October 19, 1877. His funeral was attended by New York Mayor Smith Ely Jr., Hamilton Fish, William Backhouse Astor Jr., John Jacob Astor III, John Reilly, John Kean, Van Horn Stuyvesant, Dr. Austin Flint, and Hamilton Fish, Jr. His pallbearers were Smith Ely, George Warren Dresser, Sidney Webster, Tompkins Westervelt, Carlile Pollock Patterson, Frederic W. Rhinelander, John W. Ehrlinger, and Walter Langdon. He was interred with his wife in the Trinity Church Cemetery in New York City.


According to John Winthrop Chanler's will, his estate was valued between $1,500,000 (equivalent to $36,014,063) and $2,000,000 (equivalent to $48,018,750 in 2019 dollars). The executors were Lewis Morris Rutherfurd, Franklin Hughes Delano, Rutherfurd Stuyvesant, and Tompkins Westervelt. His eldest son, John Armstrong, inherited Rokeby with all its stock, books, pictures, furniture, and personal property of all kinds, $100,000 (equivalent to $2,400,938 in 2019 dollars) on reaching the age of majority, all of his real estate in Dutchess County, and a lot of land in Newport, Rhode Island known as "Cliff Lawn." To Winthrop Astor, he left all the personal property in his New York City home, located at 192 Madison Avenue, all of his real estate in Delaware County, and a house on Cliff Lawn in Newport. To his daughters, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Alida, he gave all of their mother's jewelry, and a lot in Newport for each of them, as well as to his sons William Astor, Marion Ward, Lewis Stuyvesant, Robert Winthrop, and Egerton White. In addition, the will provided $20,000 (equivalent to $480,188 in 2019 dollars) a year for each child for life, enough to live comfortably by the standards of the time.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who was John Winthrop Chanler?
A: John Winthrop Chanler (1862–1935) was an American lawyer, soldier, and politician. He served in the New York State Assembly and was a member of the prominent Chanler family.
Q: What was his political career?
A: Chanler was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1890 as a Democrat. He served one term and then declined re-election. He also ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1896.
Q: What was the Chanler family known for?
A: The Chanler family was known for its prominence in American society and politics. They were descended from Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch Governor of New Netherland, and also had connections to the Roosevelt and Astor families.
Q: Did John Winthrop Chanler serve in the military?
A: Yes, Chanler served in the military. He fought as a lieutenant in the Spanish–American War and received a Silver Star for his actions in the Battle of San Juan Hill. He also served as a captain in the Philippine–American War.
Q: What was John Winthrop Chanler's family life like?
A: Chanler was married twice. His first wife was Margaret Astor Ward, with whom he had two children. His second wife was Amélie Rives Troubetzkoy, a well-known novelist. They had one child together before divorcing.
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