- Allan Peskin
Conkling, Roscoe (30 October 1829–18 April 1888), politician, was born in Albany, New York, the son of Eliza Cockburn and Alfred Conkling, a prominent Whig congressman, diplomat, and jurist. Roscoe followed his father into the legal profession but without the formality of a college education. Settling in Utica, he began his legal practice and his political career simultaneously, being named district attorney in 1850. In 1854 he played a role in the organization of his state’s Republican party, and the next year he married Julia Seymour, sister of New York’s Democratic governor, ...