Francis B. Spinola

Francis Barretto Spinola (March 19, 1821 – April 14, 1891) was an American politician and military leader often considered to have been the first Italian American[1] to be elected to the United States House of Representatives, serving as a representative from New York from 1887 to 1891. He also served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Francis B. Spinola
BEP engraved portrait of Spinola
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1887  April 14, 1891
Preceded byAbram S. Hewitt
Succeeded byWilliam Bourke Cockran
Member of the New York Senate
from the 3rd district
In office
Preceded byDan Sickles
Succeeded byHenry C. Murphy
Personal details
Born(1821-03-19)March 19, 1821
Old Field, New York, U.S.
DiedApril 14, 1891(1891-04-14) (aged 70)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting placeGreen-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York City
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
  • United States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Union Army
RankBrigadier general
Commands"Spinola Brigade" (Second Brigade, Second Division, Third Army Corps)

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