Thomas Beekman

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Thomas Beekman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd district
In office
March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831
Preceded by John G. Stower
Succeeded by Edward C. Reed
Personal details
Born July 4, 1790 (1790-07-04)
Kinderhook, New York
Died February 2, 1870 (1870-02-03) (aged 79)
Kinderhook, New York
Citizenship  United States
Political party Anti-Jacksonian

Anti-Masonic

Spouse(s) Lydia Van Schaack Beekman
Profession lawyer

farmer

politician

Thomas Beekman (July 4, 1790 – February 2, 1870)[1] was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.

Biography[edit]

Born in Kinderhook, New York, Beekman studied law and became an attorney and farmer in Smithfield and later Peterboro. He married Lydia Van Schaack.[2]

Career[edit]

Beekman served in local offices including Town Clerk,[3] and was active in the militia as aide-de-camp to the commander of its 17th Division.[4] Beekman was also active in the Anti-Masonic movement of the 1820s and 1830s.[5]

Elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress Beekman was U. S. Representative for the twenty-second district of New York and served one term, from March 4, 1829 to March 3, 1831.[6] In 1831 he was an unsuccessful Anti-Masonic candidate for the New York State Senate.[7]

Beekman later moved back to Kinderhook, where he farmed, practiced law, was active in several businesses, including the Kinderhook National Bank,[8] and served as Columbia County Excise Commissioner from 1857 to 1859.[9] After his retirement in the 1860s he spent summers in Kinderhook and winters living with his daughter in New York City.

Death[edit]

Beekman died in Kinderhook on February 2, 1870 (age 79 years, 213 days). He is interred at Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volumes 20-22, 1889, page 245
  2. ^ "Thomas Beekman". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Luna M. Hammond Whitney, History of Madison County, State of New York, 1872, page 711
  4. ^ New York Council of Appointment, Military Minutes, 1783-1821, accessed January 15, 2013
  5. ^ Boston Type and Stereotype Foundry, The Proceedings of the Second United States Anti-Masonic Convention, 1832, page 86
  6. ^ Roger Sherman Skinner, The New-York State Register for 1830-1831, 1830, page 54
  7. ^ Henry J. Cookinham, History of Oneida County, New York, Volume 1, Part 1, 1912, page 101
  8. ^ Edward Augustus Collier, A History of Old Kinderhook From Aboriginal Days to the Present Time, 1914, page 301
  9. ^ Franklin Ellis, History of Columbia County, New York, 1878, page 79
  10. ^ Thomas Beekman at Find A Grave, accessed January 15, 2013

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John G. Stower
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd congressional district

March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831
Succeeded by
Edward C. Reed

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