Thomas Beekman

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Thomas Beekman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd district
In office
March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831
Preceded by John G. Stower
Succeeded by Edward C. Reed
Personal details
Born July 4, 1790 (1790-07-04)
Kinderhook, New York
Died February 2, 1870 (1870-02-03) (aged 79)
Kinderhook, New York
Citizenship  United States
Political party


Spouse(s) Lydia Van Schaack Beekman

lawyer farmer


Thomas Beekman (July 4, 1790 – February 2, 1870)[1] was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.


Born in Kinderhook, New York, Beekman studied law and became an attorney and farmer in Smithfield and later Peterboro. He married Lydia Van Schaack.[2]


Beekman served in local offices including Town Clerk,[3] and was active in the militia as aide-de-camp to the commander of its 17th Division.[4] Beekman was also active in the Anti-Masonic movement of the 1820s and 1830s.[5]

Elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress Beekman was U. S. Representative for the twenty-second district of New York and served one term, from March 4, 1829 to March 3, 1831.[6] In 1831 he was an unsuccessful Anti-Masonic candidate for the New York State Senate.[7]

Beekman later moved back to Kinderhook, where he farmed, practiced law, was active in several businesses, including the Kinderhook National Bank,[8] and served as Columbia County Excise Commissioner from 1857 to 1859.[9] After his retirement in the 1860s he spent summers in Kinderhook and winters living with his daughter in New York City.


Beekman died in Kinderhook on February 2, 1870 (age 79 years, 213 days). He is interred at Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA.[10]


  1. ^ New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volumes 20-22, 1889, page 245
  2. ^ "Thomas Beekman". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Luna M. Hammond Whitney, History of Madison County, State of New York, 1872, page 711
  4. ^ New York Council of Appointment, Military Minutes, 1783-1821, accessed January 15, 2013
  5. ^ Boston Type and Stereotype Foundry, The Proceedings of the Second United States Anti-Masonic Convention, 1832, page 86
  6. ^ Roger Sherman Skinner, The New-York State Register for 1830-1831, 1830, page 54
  7. ^ Henry J. Cookinham, History of Oneida County, New York, Volume 1, Part 1, 1912, page 101
  8. ^ Edward Augustus Collier, A History of Old Kinderhook From Aboriginal Days to the Present Time, 1914, page 301
  9. ^ Franklin Ellis, History of Columbia County, New York, 1878, page 79
  10. ^ Thomas Beekman at Find A Grave, accessed January 15, 2013

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John G. Stower
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd congressional district

March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831
Succeeded by
Edward C. Reed

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website