N. Bowditch Blunt

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Nathaniel Bowditch Blunt (c. 1804 in Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts – July 17, 1854 in Lebanon Springs, Columbia County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

Life

He was the youngest of four sons of Edmund March Blunt.[1][2] N. B. Blunt was New York County District Attorney from 1851 until his death in July 1854, elected in 1850 and 1853 on the Whig ticket. In 1853, he defeated the Democratic candidate Chauncey Shaffer by a majority of only 78 votes.

In 1851, Blunt appointed as his Assistant D.A. the then 24-year-old A. Oakey Hall who was elected D.A. of New York in November 1854, and was Mayor of New York City from 1869 to 1872.

Nathaniel's oldest brother, Joseph Blunt, was New York County District Attorney in 1858. The other two brothers, Edmund (1799-1866) and George William (1802-1878) followed their father's steps and got involved in nautical affairs. Edmund assisted Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler in surveying the port of New York for the United States Coast Survey in 1817. George William Blunt was for decades a member, and later secretary, of the Board of Pilot Commissioners, and in 1857 was appointed a New York Harbor Commissioner.

References

  1. ^ Samuel Austin Allibone (1859). A critical dictionary of English literature, and British and American authors living and deceased. p. 211. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  2. ^ "A New Chart of Part of the North Pacific Ocean Exhibiting the Various Straits, Islands and Dangers". World Digital Library. Retrieved 23 May 2013.

Sources

  • The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (page 377; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858).
  • District Attorney N. Bowditch Blunt Elected. New York Times, on November 12, 1853.
  • Death of N.B. Blunt, Esq. New York Times, July 18, 1854.
  • Funeral of N.B. Blunt, Esq. New York Times, July 20, 1854.
  • Death notice of his daughter Lizzie. New York Times, September 14, 1862.
  • Death of Geo. W. Blunt. New York Times, April 20, 1878.
  • Obituary of Capt. Edmund Blunt, N.B. Blunt's nephew. New York Times, January 25, 1894.
Legal offices
Preceded by
John McKeon
New York County District Attorney
1851–1854
Succeeded by
Lorenzo B. Shepard
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