Augustus Schoonmaker Jr.

Augustus Schoonmaker Jr. (March 2, 1828 in Rochester, Ulster County, New York April 9, 1894 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York) was an American lawyer and Democratic politician.


Schoonmaker was originally a teacher and superintendent of schools in Ulster County. In 1853, he was admitted to the bar. He was County Judge in Ulster County from 1864 to 1872, and a member of the New York State Senate (14th D.) in 1876 and 1877.

He was New York Attorney General from 1878 to 1879, elected at the New York state election, 1877 on the Democratic ticket. At the New York state election, 1879, he was defeated for re-election by Republican Hamilton Ward Sr. At the New York state election, 1881, he ran for the New York Court of Appeals but was defeated by Republican Francis M. Finch.

Afterwards he served on the New York Board of Civil Service Commissioners (1883–1887) and was an original appointee of President Grover Cleveland to the Interstate Commerce Commission, serving from 1887 to 1890.

Schoonmaker died of tonsillitis.

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Henry C. Connelly
New York State Senate
14th District

Succeeded by
Addison P. Jones
Legal offices
Preceded by
Charles S. Fairchild
New York State Attorney General
Succeeded by
Hamilton Ward Sr.
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