Lyman Tremain

Lyman Tremain

Lyman Tremain (June 14, 1819 in Durham, Greene County, New York – November 30, 1878 in New York City) was a jurist and politician from New York.

He was admitted to the bar in 1840 and practiced in Durham, where he was elected to his first political office as town supervisor in 1842. He was appointed District Attorney of Greene County in 1844. He was elected Surrogate in 1846, but lost reelection in 1851.

He moved to Albany, New York in 1853 and entered into partnership with former Congressman Rufus Wheeler Peckham in 1855. Elected as a Democrat, he was New York State Attorney General from 1858 to 1859.

He ran unsuccessfully as the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1862. In June 1864 he was a delegate to the Baltimore Convention of the National Union Party where he placed the name of Daniel S. Dickinson in contention for the vice presidential nomination on the ticket with President Lincoln. He served as a member of the New York State Assembly in 1866, and was elected Speaker. He was a delegate to the 1868 Republican National Convention and placed Governor Fenton's name in contention for Vice President on the ticket with General Grant.

In 1872, Tremain was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third United States Congress, defeating the incumbent Samuel Sullivan Cox. He served from March 4, 1873, to March 3, 1875, and then did not seek reelection. In 1873, Tremain also served with his partner's oldest son, Wheeler Hazard Peckham, as special counsel to the State in the prosecution of Boss Tweed. After leaving Congress, Tremain returned to private legal practice in Albany and then died in New York City while visiting. He was buried in Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, New York.

Tremain's son Frederick Lyman (June 1843 – February 6, 1865) was a lieutenant colonel of the 10th New York Cavalry during the Civil War who was killed at the Battle of Hatcher's Run.



    New York Assembly
    Preceded by
    Joseph Shook
    New York State Assembly
    Albany County, 2nd District

    Succeeded by
    Henry Smith
    Legal offices
    Preceded by
    Stephen B. Cushing
    New York State Attorney General
    Succeeded by
    Charles G. Myers
    Political offices
    Preceded by
    George Gilbert Hoskins
    Speaker of the New York State Assembly
    Succeeded by
    Edmund L. Pitts
    United States House of Representatives
    New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
    from New York's at-large congressional seat

    Succeeded by
    Henry W. Slocum
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