James I. Van Alen

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James Isaac Van Alen (1776 - December 23, 1870) was a United States Representative from New York and a half brother of U.S. President Martin Van Buren.


Born in Kinderhook, he attended the common schools and from 1797 to 1801 was city clerk of Kinderhook. He was a member of the State constitutional conventions in 1801 and 1803, and was justice of the peace from 1801 to 1804. He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1804, and was surrogate of Columbia County from 1804 to 1808 and from 1815 to 1822.

Van Alen was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Tenth Congress, holding office from March 4, 1807 to March 3, 1809. He died in Newburgh, N.Y in 1870; interment was in Kinderhook Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry W. Livingston
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Thompson