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Martin Kalbfleisch (February 8, 1804February 12, 1873) was a United States Representative from New Yorkmarker during the American Civil War.

Early life

Born in Flushing, Netherlandsmarker, he attended the public schools and studied chemistry. At the age of eighteen embarked with an American captain to engage in trading in Sumatramarker, but returned on account of cholera. Forming a partnership with an American, he carried on business in Havre, Francemarker, for four years.

Immigration to the United States

He immigrated to the United States and settled in New York Citymarker in 1826, where he engaged in the manufacture and sale of paints. He was health warden in 1832, school trustee in 1836, and established a chemical factory at Greenpointmarker in 1844. He was supervisor of Bushwickmarker from 1852 to 1854, and was an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of the City of Brooklyn in 1854. He was an alderman in Brooklyn from 1855 to 1861, and mayor from 1862 to 1864.

Later life

Kalbfleisch was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress, holding office from March 4, 1863 to March 3, 1865. He was a delegate to the Union National Convention at Philadelphiamarker in 1866, and was again mayor of Brooklyn from 1867 to 1871. He was an unsuccessful independent candidate for reelection and retired from active pursuits. Kalbfleisch died in Brooklyn; interment in Green-Wood Cemeterymarker.


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