Gerrit Y. Lansing

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Gerrit Yates Lansing, Congressman from New York

Gerrit Yates Lansing (August 4, 1783 – January 3, 1862) was a U.S. Representative from New York, son of Abraham G. Lansing, and nephew of John Lansing, Jr.

Born in Albany, New York, Lansing pursued classical studies and was graduated from Union College in 1800. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1804 and commenced practice in Albany.

Lansing was Clerk of the New York State Assembly in 1807. He served as judge of the Albany County probate court from 1816 to 1823.

Lansing was elected regent of the University of the State of New York in 1829 and served until his death. He was appointed chancellor of the board on October 31, 1842 and served until his death.

Lansing was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second, Twenty-third, and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1837). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1836, and returned to practicing law.

He served as president of the Albany Savings Bank from 1854 until his death, and president of the Albany Insurance Company from 1859 until his death.

Lansing died in Albany on January 3, 1862. He was interred in the Albany Rural Cemetery.

In 1808 Lansing married Helen Ten Eyck (1787–1838). Their children included Edward Lansing (died 1824), Charles Bridgen Lansing (1809–1890), Jane Ann Lansing (1811–1886), and Susan Yates Lansing. In 1841 Jane Ann Lansing married Robert H. Pruyn. In 1843 Susan Lansing became the second wife of Peter Gansevoort.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ambrose Spencer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
Albert Gallup
Academic offices
Preceded by
Peter Wendell
Chancellor of the University of the State of New York
Succeeded by
John V. L. Pruyn