Philip Dorsheimer

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Philip Dorsheimer
Philip Dorsheimer.jpg
New York State Treasurer
In office
Preceded by Isaac V. Vanderpoel
Succeeded by William B. Lewis
Personal details
Born (1797-04-15)April 15, 1797
Wöllstein, Germany
Died April 11, 1868(1868-04-11) (aged 70)
Buffalo, New York
Political party Democratic Party
Republican Party (upon its formation in 1854)
Spouse(s) Sarah Gorgas
Children William Dorsheimer

Philip Dorsheimer (April 15, 1797 Wöllstein, then in the Mont-Tonnerre Department, now in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany – April 11, 1868)


He came to the United States in 1815, and settled in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. On August 23, 1821, he married Sarah Gorgas. In 1826, he moved to Lyons, N.Y., and in April 1836 to Buffalo, New York.

In 1838, he was appointed Postmaster of Buffalo by President Martin Van Buren. On April 1, 1845, he was appointed again Postmaster of Buffalo by President James K. Polk.

He had been always a Democrat, but joined the Republican Party upon its foundation. He was a delegate to the 1856 Republican National Convention. He was New York State Treasurer from 1860 to 1861. From 1862 to 1864, he was Inland Tax Collector at Buffalo.

His son was Lieutenant Governor William Dorsheimer.


  • [1] Bios of German-Americans in Buffalo, with photo (giving as birthplace "Weistein", a misspelling of "Wollstein")
  • [2] Political Graveyard
  • [3] Appointed tax collector, in NYT on September 1, 1862
  • [4] Dorsheimer genealogy (giving as birthplace "Dondersberg" - a variant spelling of Donnersberg, translated to Mont-Tonnerre in French, "Canton Wollstein" - cantons are the divisions of the départements)
  • [5] His letter to J. F. Donaldson, in NYT on August 9, 1856
Political offices
Preceded by
Isaac V. Vanderpoel
New York State Treasurer
Succeeded by
William B. Lewis