John V. L. Pruyn

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Pruyn with academic cap and gown. He was Chancellor of the University of the State of New York Board of Regents from 1868 until his death.

John Van Schaick Lansing Pruyn (June 22, 1811 - November 21, 1877) was a United States Representative from New York during the latter half of the American Civil War and the early days of Reconstruction. His last name is pronounced to rhyme with "shine."[1][2] He was of Dutch descent Van Schaik, Lansing and Pruyn all being Dutch family names.

Early life[edit]

Harriet Corning Turner, first wife of John V. L. Pruyn

Born in Albany, New York, Pruyn pursued classical studies and was graduated from The Albany Academy in 1826. He studied law and in 1832 was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Albany.[3]

Family[edit]

Huybertje Lansing Pruyn Hamlin, 1900.

On October 22, 1840 Pruyn married Harriet Corning Turner (June 18, 1822-March 22, 1859), the niece of Erastus Corning.[4] They had six children, two of whom - Erastus Corning Pruyn and John V. L. Pruyn, Jr. - lived to adulthood.[5]

After the death of his first wife Pruyn married Anna Fenn Parker (March 26, 1840-October 7, 1909), the daughter of Amasa J. Parker.[6][7][8][9][10] They had two daughters, Harriet Langdon Pruyn and Huybertje (also spelled Huybertie) Lansing Pruyn.[5]

Erastus Corning Pruyn (August 24, 1841 -- February 1, 1881) was an agent of the United States Department of State in Caracas, Venezuela in the 1860s and traveled extensively as a student and businessman. He died in Tenerife.[11]

John V. L. Pruyn, Jr. (March 14, 1859 -- September 22, 1904) graduated from Union College in 1880 and practiced law in Albany.[12]

Harriet Langdon Pruyn (January 31, 1868 -- July 3, 1939)[13] was the wife of William Gorham Rice (1856 -- 1945).[14] Rice was an aide to Governor Samuel Tilden and President Grover Cleveland, and succeeded Theodore Roosevelt as a member of the United States Civil Service Commission.[15]

In addition to being active in Albany civic and philanthropic causes, Harriet Langdon Pruyn was the author of a biography, 1924's Harmanus Bleecker: an Albany Dutchman, 1779-1849. (John V. L. Pruyn and Amasa J. Parker had been involved in the disposition of Bleecker's estate, which gave Harriet Pruyn access to his papers.)[16]

Huybertje Lansing Pruyn (April 8, 1878 -- March 6, 1964) was the wife of Charles Sumner Hamlin.[17][18]

She was the author of Memories of an Albany Girlhood (also published as An Albany Girlhood).

Later career[edit]

Pruyn held several local offices. He was elected a member of the Albany Institute in 1831, and served as President from 1857 until his death. He was appointed a regent of the University of the State of New York in 1844, and from 1868 until his death, served as Chancellor. He also served on the New York State Board of Charities and on a commission to design and build the new state capitol building.[5]

Pruyn was a member of the New York State Senate (13th D.) in 1862 and 1863. He was elected as a Democrat to the 38th United States Congress, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Erastus Corning, holding office from December 7, 1863, to March 3, 1865.[19]

Pruyn was elected to the 40th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1867, to March 3, 1869. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law at Albany.[20]

Death and burial[edit]

He died in Clifton Springs, New York, and was buried at the Albany Rural Cemetery.[21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Railroad Men of America, published in the Magazine of Western History, Volume VIII, Number 8 (August, 1888)
  2. ^ Black Then: Blacks and Montreal, 1780-1880's, by Frank Mackey, 2004, page 183
  3. ^ University of the State of New York, The Regents of the University of the State of New York: 1784-1959, 1959, page 30
  4. ^ Memorials of Mrs. John V.L. Pruyn, William Buell Sprague and others, privately printed, 1859, pages 13-26
  5. ^ a b c "Finding Aid to the John Van Schaik Lansing Pruyn Papers". New York State Library. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Albany Institute of History & Art: 200 Years of Collecting, by Albany Institute of History and Art, 1998, page 152
  7. ^ Supplement to the History and Genealogy of the Dudley family, by Dean Dudley, 1898, page 82
  8. ^ New York State Men: Biographic Studies and Character Portraits, by Frederick Simon Hills, Volume 2, 1910, page 48
  9. ^ Albany Architecture: A Guide to the City, edited by Diana S. Waite, published by Mount Ida Press, Albany, 2002, page 21
  10. ^ American Ancestry, edited by Thomas P. Hughes, published by Joel Munsell's Sons, Albany, Volume 1 (The City of Albany, State of New York), 1887, page 63
  11. ^ Princeton University, Princeton, Sixty-three: Fortieth-year Book of the Members of the Class of 1863, 1904, pages 134 to 135
  12. ^ New York State Bar Association, Annual Meeting Proceedings and Committee Reports, Volume 29, 1906, pages 458 to 459
  13. ^ Albany Rural Cemetery Burial Cards, 1791-2011, Record for Mrs. Hariet Langdon Pruyn Rice, accessed January 9, 2013
  14. ^ New York Times, Mrs. William Rice of Albany Family: Wife of Retired President of Civil Service Commission Dies at the Capital, July 4, 1939
  15. ^ New York Times, Col. William C. Rice, Cleveland's Ex-Aide, September 12, 1945
  16. ^ New York Times, Mr. Bleecker's Legacy: Judge Parker's Offer to the Young Men's Association, December 20, 1887
  17. ^ New York Times, Miss Huybertie Lansing Pruyn married to Charles Sumner Hamlin at Albany, June 5, 1898
  18. ^ New York Times, Obituary, Mrs. Charles Sumner Hamlin, March 8, 1964
  19. ^ John Van Schaick Lansing Pruyn, Jr., A Short Biographical Sketch of the Hon. John V.L. Pruyn, LL.D., 1883, pages 6 to 8
  20. ^ Diana S. Waite, Albany Architecture: Guide to the City, 1993, page 77
  21. ^ New York Times, Obituary, John V. L. Pruyn, November 22, 1877
  22. ^ Albany Rural Cemetery Burial Cards, 1791-2011 Record for John Van Schaick Lansing Pruyn, accessed January 9, 2013

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Andrew J. Colvin
New York State Senate
13th District

1862–1863
Succeeded by
Ira Shafer
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Erastus Corning
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district

1863–1865
Succeeded by
Charles Goodyear
Preceded by
Charles Goodyear
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district

1867–1869
Succeeded by
Stephen L. Mayham