Nelson K. Hopkins

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Nelson Kerr Hopkins (born March 2, 1816 in Williamsville , New York , † March 2, 1904 ) was an American lawyer and politician ( Republican Party ).


Nelson Kerr Hopkins, son of Nancy Ann Kerr († 1848) and General Timothy Soveral Hopkins (* 1777), was born in Erie County in 1816 . Hopkins attended Fredonia Academy and Genesee Wesleyan Seminary in preparation for college. In 1841 he graduated from Union College in Schenectady (New York), where he belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa ( Honor Society ) and became a member of the Kappa Alpha Society . His student days were overshadowed by the economic crisis of 1837 and the following years by the Mexican-American War . He married Louise A. Pratt.

In 1856 he became an Alderman in Buffalo, New York, and in 1865 President of the Common Council of Buffalo. He then became the Collector of Internal Revenue for the 30th District of New York in 1867 . He was elected New York State Comptroller in the 1871 election and re-elected in 1873. He held the post from 1872 to 1875.


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