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Darius Adams Ogden (August 14, 1813 Northville, Cayuga County, New York - May
4, 1889 Penn Yan, Yates
County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.
He was the son of Ezekiel Ogden (1772-1824) and Abigail Brandt
Tichnor Ogden (1775-1860, believed to have been a Mohawk). On
December 18, 1834, he married Judith Ann Lawrence (1815-1895).
He was a Canal Appraiser from 1853 to 1854. Afterwards he was
appointed by President Franklin Pierce U.S. Consul at Honolulu, then in the Kingdom of
Hawaii, and stayed there until 1857. He was a delegate to the
National Convention. He was a member from Yates County of the
New York State Assembly in
He helped Governor Samuel J. Tilden to break up the
corrupt Canal Ring, and shortly
afterwards was the last Canal Commissioner, elected in 1876, on the Democratic ticket. The office of Canal
Commissioner was abolished by an amendment to the New York
State Constitution, ratified at the same state election,
pending the appointment of a Superintendent of
Public Works. The Canal Commissioners remained in office until
February 8, 1878, when the first Superintendent of Public Works, Benjamin
S. W. Clark, qualified to take over the duties from the
remaining two Canal Commissioners Ogden and Christopher A. Walrath.
He was appointed by Governor Grover Cleveland to the Prison Labor
Commission in 1884. In 1885, he declined an appointment as Chief of
Division in the Third Auditor's Office of the U.S. Treasury.
His son Charles E. Ogden was a member of the State Assembly from
Monroe County in 1904.
-  Ogden genealogy
- The New York Civil
List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (page 43; Weed,
Parsons and Co., 1858)
- The New York Civil
List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough, Stephen C.
Hutchins and Edgar Albert Werner (1867; pages 406, 496 and
- SKETCHES OF THE
CANDIDATES in NYT on September 1, 1876
- LEGISLATION AT ALBANY -
Mr. Howe's Prison Commission Bill Passed in NYT on April
- NOTES FROM
WASHINGTON in NYT on June 10, 1885
-  Appointments by
Dem. governors, in NYT on December 12, 1887
- OPENING OF
LEGISLATURE in NYT on January 3, 1904
-  Political
-  History of the
consuls at Honolulu
Northville is the former name of the hamlet of King Ferry which
lies in the town of Genoa
This is a very sketchy "sketch": It underestimates his age at
"about fifty" [he was 63], gives a wrong birthplace "Yates County"
[he was born in Cayuga County], and misplaces in time his
consulship as "under James Buchanan" [it was during Pierce's