Henry R. Pierson

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Henry Rufus Pierson
Born (1819-06-13)June 13, 1819
Charleston, New York
Died January 1, 1890(1890-01-01) (aged 70)
Albany, New York
Resting place
Green-Wood Cemetery
Education Union College (1846)

Henry Rufus Pierson (June 13, 1819 Charleston, Montgomery County, New York – January 1, 1890 Albany, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He graduated from Union College in 1846. Then he studied law, first in Cherry Valley, then in New York City, was admitted to the bar in 1848, and practiced. In 1849, he moved to Brooklyn. He was an Alderman (3rd Ward) of Brooklyn from 1858 to 1860, and was President of the Board of Aldermen. He was President of the Brooklyn City Railroad from 1860 to 1869.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (2nd D.) in 1866 and 1867. In 1869, he went to Chicago as Financial Agent of the North Western Railroad, and was the company's Vice President for two years.

In 1872, he moved to Albany, and was a member of the New York State Assembly (Albany Co., 2nd D.) in 1873. He was elected a Regent of the University of the State of New York, and was Vice Chancellor from 1878 to 1881, and Chancellor from 1881 until his death.

He died from the Russian flu at his home in Albany, and was buried at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Henry R. Pierson, LL.D.". New York Times. January 2, 1890. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  2. ^ "Henry R. Pierson Dies of 'La Grippe.' The Ex-Chicagoan Expires at Albany, N.Y.". Chicago Tribune. January 2, 1890. Retrieved 2012-10-25. "R. Pierson, banker, and Chancellor of the University of New York died today of influenza pneumonia. He was in Montgomery County, this State, in 1819 ..." 


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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Demas Strong
New York State Senate
2nd District

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James F. Pierce
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Henry Smith
New York State Assembly
Albany County, 2nd District

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Leopold C. G. Kshinka
Academic offices
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Erastus C. Benedict
Chancellor of the University of the State of New York
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George William Curtis