Gerrit Y. Lansing

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Gerrit Y. Lansing
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Chancellor of the University of the State of New York
In office
1849–1862
Preceded by Peter Wendell
Succeeded by John V. L. Pruyn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 10th district
In office
1831–1837
Preceded by Ambrose Spencer
Succeeded by Albert Gallup
Personal details
Born Gerrit Yates Lansing
(1783-08-04)August 4, 1783
Albany, Province of New York
Died January 3, 1862(1862-01-03) (aged 78)
Albany, New York
Resting place Albany Rural Cemetery
Political party Jacksonian
Spouse(s) Helen Ten Eyck
(m. 1808; her death 1838)
Children 4
Parents Abraham G. Lansing
Susanna Yates
Relatives John Lansing, Jr. (uncle)
Abraham Yates (grandfather)
Alma mater Union College

Gerrit Yates Lansing (August 4, 1783 – January 3, 1862) was a U.S. Representative from New York.[1]

Early life[edit]

Lansing was born in Albany, New York on August 4, 1783. He was third of sixteen children born to Susanna Yates (1762–1840) and Abraham Gerrit Lansing (1756–1844), the New York State Treasurer.[2] His young sister, Susan Yates Lansing (1804–1874), was the second wife of Peter Gansevoort (1788–1876), son of Gen. Peter Gansevoort, in 1843.[3]

He was the nephew of John Lansing, Jr.[4] His maternal grandfather was Abraham Yates (1724–1796).[2]

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.[1]

Career[edit]

Lansing worked as the private secretary to Governor Morgan Lewis, the third Governor of New York.[2]

He served as Clerk of the New York State Assembly in 1807. He served as judge of the Albany County probate court from 1816 to 1823.[1]

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.[1]

He 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.[1]

Lansing 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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In March 1808, Lansing married Helen Ten Eyck (1787–1838), the daughter of Abraham Ten Eyck (1744–1824) and Annatje (née Lansing) Ten Eyck (1746–1823).[4] Their children included:[5]

  • Charles Bridgen Lansing (1809–1890), who married Catherine Clinton Townsend, daughter of Albany Mayor John Townsend and Abby (née Spencer) Townsend (daughter of Ambrose Spencer). After her death, he married her sister, Abby Townsend.[5]
  • Jane Ann Lansing (1811–1886), who married Robert Hewson Pruyn (1815–1882), the U.S. Minister to Japan, in 1841.[5]
  • Susan Yates Lansing (1816–1911), who died unmarried.[5]
  • Abraham Gerrit Lansing (d. 1824), who died unmarried.[5]

Lansing died in Albany on January 3, 1862.[6] He was interred in the Albany Rural Cemetery.[5][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "LANSING, Gerrit Yates - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Gansevoort-Lansing collection, 1650-1919, bulk (1800-1899)" (PDF). nypl.org. New York Public Library. 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "OBITUARY.; MR. JAMES F. PENNIMAN. PETER GANSEVOORT. OBITUARY NOTE" (PDF). The New York Times. January 8, 1876. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Bielinski, Stefan. "Gerrit Yates Lansing". exhibitions.nysm.nysed.gov. New York State Museum. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Sullivan, Robert G.; Reynolds, Cuyler. "Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs. Vol. I". www.schenectadyhistory.org. Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs. pp. 74–76. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "GERRIT W. LANSING". The New York Times. 4 January 1862. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  7. ^ Spencer, Thomas E. (1998). Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated. Genealogical Publishing Company. p. 244. ISBN 9780806348230. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 

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

1831–1837
Succeeded by
Albert Gallup
Academic offices
Preceded by
Peter Wendell
Chancellor of the
University of the State of New York

1849-1862
Succeeded by
John V. L. Pruyn