Biography of John Cramer
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

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JOHN CRAMER.

HON. JOHN CRAMER, "The Democratic Warwick of Saratoga County," was for years a power in Democratic politics of the State and Nation. He was a son of Conrad Cramer and was born five miles south of Schuylerville, May 14, 1779. He chose law as his profession, and about 1800, after his admission to the bar, opened an office at Waterford, where he resided all his life. At an early age he entered political life. He served in the Assembly in 1806, 1811, and 1841; in the State Senate from 1823 to 1825, and as a Jackson Democrat, in the House of Representatives of the United States from 1833 to 1837. In 1804 he was a presidential elector and voted for Clinton and Jefferson. He was a member of the State Constitutional Convention in 1821.

For many years he was the trusted friend of Polk, who trusted implicitly in his judgment and whom he aided in his canvass for the Speakership of the House. He also helped to make the political fortunes of Marcy and Van Buren, and brought forward Samuel Young as a candidate for governor. He was a natural leader, and had "bossism" been brought to the state of perfection which now exists, would have been the accepted as well as the nominal leader of his party in this State for nearly fifty years. Mr. Cramer was an. ardent War Democrat. "He headed a subscription in the town of Waterford with the sum of $1,000 to aid in raising volunteers for the war. When the company from that town was organized under Captain Yates, and marched for the camp at North Troy, John Cramer, on foot, marched, at the head of the column, although then upwards of eighty-two years old." Mr. Cramer amassed a large fortune, which he left to his surviving children, four Sons and two daughters. He was a man of large generosity and gave freely of his wealth to the poor.


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