Orestes Cleveland

Orestes Cleveland ( born March 2, 1829 in Duanesburg, Schenectady County, New York, † March 30, 1896 in Norwich, Vermont ) was an American politician. Between 1869 and 1871 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Orestes Cleveland attended the public schools of his home. In 1845, he moved to Jersey City in New Jersey. There, he produced, among others, pencils and stove polishes. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. In the years 1861 and 1862 he was a member of the City Council of Jersey City, which he chaired in 1862. From 1864 to 1866 Cleveland served as mayor of that city. In the congressional elections of 1868 he was in the fifth electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded Republican George A. Halsey took on 4 March 1869 he was defeated at the election. Since he lost in 1870 against Halsey, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1871.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Cleveland worked in Jersey City for the company Forbes Fibre Co. In 1880 he applied unsuccessfully for his party's nomination for the upcoming gubernatorial election. Between 1886 and 1891 Cleveland was the successor of Gilbert Collins once mayor of Jersey City. In 1888 he was one of the founders of the Federal Trade Commission this town, whose first president was. In 1892, Cleveland moved to Tenafly, and soon to Englewood. For health reasons he moved to Norwich, Vermont, where he died on 30 March 1896.