Nicholas B. La Bau

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Nicholas Bergasse La Bau (July 29, 1823 – November 1, 1873) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

Life[edit]

He was born on July 29, 1823, in Trenton, New Jersey. He graduated from Columbia College in 1844. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced until 1859 when he retired due to ill health. He was a lieutenant colonel of the State Militia.[1]

He married Mary Alicia Vanderbilt (1834–1902), a daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, and they had several children. They lived on Staten Island. By 1863, he had recovered his health sufficiently to enter politics. He ran twice unsuccessfully for the Assembly, but in 1865 he defeated the incumbent State Senator Robert Christie Jr. by a slim margin of about 70 votes. La Bau was a member of the New York State Senate (1st D.) in 1866 and 1867. Afterwards he bought a house in Luzerne, Warren County, and was a member of the New York State Assembly (Warren Co.) in 1868[2] and 1869.[3]

He died on November 1, 1873, in New York.[4]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Life Sketches of the State Officers, Senators, and Members of the Assembly of the State of New York, in 1867 by S. R. Harlow & H. H. Boone (pg. 109ff)
  2. ^ Life Sketches of the State Officers, Senators, and Members of the Assembly, of the State of New York, in 1868 by S. R. Harlow & S. C. Hutchins (pg. 273ff)
  3. ^ The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough, Stephen C. Hutchins and Edgar Albert Werner (1870; pg. 444, 509 and 511)
  4. ^ The Tiffanys of America published by Nelson Otis Tiffany (1901; pg. 12)

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Robert Christie Jr.
New York State Senate
1st District

1866–1867
Succeeded by
Lewis A. Edwards
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Columbus Gill
New York State Assembly
Warren County

1868–1869
Succeeded by
Godfrey R. Martine