Rep. Rufus James Palen, Palenville, New York

Schoharie Creek, Palenville, Greene, New York.jpg

Swimming In The Schoharie Creek, Palenville, New York. It reminds me of the Comal and Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, Texas. A favorite vacation spot of my PALEN family descendants here in Texas.

Birth: Feb. 25, 1807

Palenville, Greene County, New York 
Death: Apr. 26, 1844

Palenville, Greene County, New York

Married: Eliza Catherine Dewitt about 1829 in New York. 

US Congressman. Elected to represent New York’s 7th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1839 to 1841. (bio by: K) 

Rufus Palen (February 25, 1807 – April 26, 1844) was an American manufacturer and politician in the U.S. state of New York. He represented New York in the United States House of Representatives. Rufus Palen was born in Palenville, Greene County, New York and moved with his family as a child to Fallsburg. 

He received limited schooling and became engaged in the tanning and manufacture of leather as head of Rufus Palen & Co., and a partner in Knapp & Palen, Palen & Flagler, and other companies. In addition, he was a partner in a general store under the company name Palen Foster & Co., and was active in other business ventures.

He held several political offices in New York, including postmaster of Palenville, and town board member, school supervisor, and district highway overseer for Fallsburg. He was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth Congress, serving from March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841.
Palen contracted tuberculosis during his term in Congress, and spent much of his time afterwards traveling outside the United States in an effort to improve his health. He died in New York City on April 26, 1844. He is interred in the Old Cemetery in Palenville, Greene, New York.

source: Wikipedia
Palenville Village Cemetery
Greene County
New York, USA


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