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William G. Laidlaw

This article is about William Grant Laidlaw , a U.S. Representative from New York. For William Laidlaw, poet, steward and amanuensis to Sir Walter Scott, and author of the beautiful and well-known ballad, Lucy's Flittin', see William Laidlaw.


William Grant Laidlaw (January 1, 1840 – August 19, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born near Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland, Laidlaw immigrated to the United States in 1852 with his parents, who settled in Franklinville, New York. He attended the common schools and Ten Broek Free Academy at Franklinville. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1866 and practiced. He served two years in the United States Navy during the Civil War. School commissioner of the first district of Cattaraugus County 1867-1870. He moved to Ellicottville, New York, in 1870. Assessor of internal revenue of the thirty-first collection district of New York 1871-1877. He served as district attorney of Cattaraugus County 1877-1883.

Laidlaw was elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891). He served as chairman of the Committee on Claims (Fifty-first Congress). He resumed the practice of his profession in Ellicottville, New York, and died there on August 19, 1908. He was interred in Sunset Hill Cemetery.

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Preceded by
Walter L. Sessions
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 34th congressional district

1887–1891
Succeeded by
Warren B. Hooker

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