1801 New York's 6th congressional district special election

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A special election was held in New York's 6th congressional district October 6–8, 1801[1] to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of John Bird (F) on July 26, 1801,[2] prior to the first meeting of the 7th Congress.

Election results[edit]

Candidate Party Votes[3] Percent
John P. Van Ness Democratic-Republican 1,981 64.1%
Hezekiah L. Hosmer Federalist 1,111 35.9%

John P. Van Ness took his seat December 7, 1801,[2] but did not complete the term, as he was appointed by President Thomas Jefferson as a major in the militia of the District of Columbia and on January 17, 1803, his seat was declared vacant[4] and left vacant until the start of the Eighth Congress.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ United States Congressional Elections, 1788-1997: The Official Results, by Michael J. Dubin (McFarland and Company, 1998).
  2. ^ a b 7th Congress membership roster Archived 2014-12-06 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ A New Nation Votes[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Article I, Section 6, of the United States Constitution says that "...no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office." The question, if a militia appointment in the federal district is such an office, was put to the whole House and answered unanimously in the affirmative see Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Vol. IV; page 290)