Benjamin Pringle

Benjamin Pringle (November 9, 1807 - June 7, 1887) was a United States 
Representative from New York. Born in Richfield, Otsego County, he completed
preparatory studies, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1830 and practiced
for a number of years. He was president of a bank in Batavia, Genesee County and
was judge of the Genesee County Court from 1841 to 1846. Pringle was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as an
Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress, holding office from
March 4, 1853 to March 3, 1857. During the Thirty-fourth Congress he was
chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs. He was an unsuccessful candidate
for reelection in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress and was a member of the New
York State Assembly in 1863. Pringle was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln
in 1863 judge of the court of arbitration in Cape Town (in what is now South
Africa) under the treaty with Great Britain of April 7, 1862 for the suppression
of the African slave trade. He was appointed a member of the board of trustees
of the State Institution for the Blind in 1873, and in 1887 died in Hastings,
Dakota County, Minnesota. Interment was in the Old Cemetery, Batavia.
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