James I. Van Alen

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James I. Van Alen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1807 – March 3, 1809
Preceded by Henry W. Livingston
Succeeded by John Thompson
Personal details
Born (1777-08-07)August 7, 1777
Kinderhook, New York
Died December 23, 1870(1870-12-23) (aged 93)
Newburgh, New York
Political party Democratic-Republican

James Isaac Van Alen (August 7, 1777 – 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.