Peter Gansevoort (state senator)

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Peter Gansevoort
Member of the New York State Senate
from Third District (Class 2)
In office
January 1, 1833 – December 31, 1836
Preceded by Lewis Eaton
Succeeded by Noadiah Johnson
Member of the New York State
from Albany County
In office
January 1, 1830 – December 31, 1831
Personal details
Born (1778-12-22)December 22, 1778
Albany, New York
Died January 4, 1876(1876-01-04) (aged 97)
Albany, New York
Political party Jacksonian
Children Henry Sanford Gansevoort
Catherine Gansevoort
Parents Peter Gansevoort
Catherine Van Schaick
Relatives Leonard Gansevoort (uncle)
Abraham Lansing (son-in-law)
Herman Melville (nephew)
Guert Gansevoort (nephew)
Education Williams College
Litchfield Law School
Alma mater College of New Jersey

Peter Gansevoort (December 22, 1788 Albany, New York – January 4, 1876) was an American politician from New York.[1]

Early life[edit]

Peter Gansevoort was the son of Gen. Peter Gansevoort (1749–1812) and Catherine (née Van Schaick) Gansevoort. Leonard Gansevoort (1751–1810) was his uncle; and author Herman Melville (1819–1891) and Commodore Guert Gansevoort (1812–1868) were his nephews.

He attended Williams College from 1804 to 1805,[2] graduated B.A. from the College of New Jersey in 1808. He studied law with Harmanus Bleecker, attended Litchfield Law School from 1808 to 1809, graduated M.A. from the College of New Jersey in 1811, was admitted to the bar in 1811, and practiced in Albany.[1]


From 1817 to 1819, he was the private secretary of Gov. DeWitt Clinton and from 1819 to 1821, he served as the Judge Advocate General of the New York State Militia.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Albany Co.) in 1830 and 1831.[1]

Gansevoort was a member of the New York State Senate (3rd D.) from 1833 to 1836, sitting in the 56th, 57th, 58th and 59th New York State Legislatures.[1]

From 1843 to 1847, he was First Judge of the Albany County Court.[1]

He was a director of the New York State Bank from about 1832 until his death; and a trustee of The Albany Academy from 1826 until his death, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1856.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1833, he married Mary Sanford (1814–1841), a daughter of Chancellor Nathan Sandford, and they had four children, two of whom died in infancy:

After the death of his wife in 1841, he married Susan Lansing (1804–1874) in December 1843.[1]

He died on January 4, 1876 and was buried at the Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, New York.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "OBITUARY.; MR. JAMES F. PENNIMAN. PETER GANSEVOORT. OBITUARY NOTE.". The New York Times. January 8, 1876. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Friends of the Princeton University Library, he Princeton University Library Chronicle, Volumes 13-14, 1952, page 69


External links[edit]

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Lewis Eaton
New York State Senate
Third District (Class 2)

Succeeded by
Noadiah Johnson