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Civil War Soldiers - Van Wyck

Van Wyck, Charles H., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., May 10, 1824, graduated at Rutgers college in 1843, studied law, was district attorney of Sullivan county, N. Y., in 1850-56, and was a representative in Congress in 1859-63. While in his second term he was commissioned colonel of the 56th N. Y. infantry, with which he served to the close of the war, being promoted brigadier-general of volunteers in 1865. In 1866 and 1868 he was reelected to Congress. He removed to Nebraska in 1874, was a delegate to the constitutional convention in 1876, state senator in 1876-80, was elected United States senator as a Republican, and took his seat March 4, 1881. In the senate he distinguished himself by persistency in the attempt to secure the removal of secrecy from its executive sessions. In 1892 he was defeated as the Populist candidate for governor of the state. Gen. Van Wyck was conspicuous in organizing the Farmers' Alliance movement in Nebraska. He died in Washington, D. C., Oct. 24, 1895.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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