Francis Seger

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Francis Seger (March 12, 1796 in Berne, Albany County, New York – April or May 1872 in Lyons Falls, Lewis County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He was the son of Garrett Seger and Catherine Seger. Seger was "crippled in one of his arms."[1]

He was admitted to the bar in 1823. In 1826, he removed to Lewis County. He married Laura Eliza Lyon, sister of Gov. Caleb Lyon (1822–1875).

Seger was Deputy Clerk for several years, and Clerk of the New York State Assembly in 1828, 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832 and 1833.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (5th D.) from 1834 to 1837, sitting in the 57th, 58th, 59th and 60th New York State Legislatures. Here he advocated the construction of the Black River Canal which was begun in 1837. The northern end of the canal was at the Black River in Lyons Falls, within sight from Seger's residence.

He was Supervisor of the Town of Greig from 1840 to 1843. He was First Judge of the Lewis County Court from 1843 to 1855, and also Surrogate from 1847 to 1855. He was one of the secretaries of the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1846.

At the New York state election, 1853, Seger ran on the Soft Democratic ticket for New York State Treasurer, but was defeated by Whig Elbridge G. Spaulding.

Seger was a freemason, and in 1854 was chosen as Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows of Northern New York.

He was again Supervisor of the Town of Greig in 1865, and from 1867 to 1871.

He was buried at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.



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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Alvin Bronson
New York State Senate
Fifth District (Class 3)

Succeeded by
Avery Skinner