Beekman, Thomas b. July 4, 1790 d. February 2, 1870 US Congressman. He studied law, became an attorney and farmer, and settled in Smithfield, Madison County, New York, where he served in local offices including Town Clerk. He was active in the New York Militia, serving as aide-de-camp to the commander of its 17th Division. He was also active in the Anti-Masonic movement of the late 1820s and early 1830s. In 1828 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives as an Anti-Jacksonian, serving one term, 1829 to 1831. In 1831 he was an...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill McKern) Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA
Reynolds, John H. b. June 21, 1819 d. September 24, 1875 US Congressman. He graduated from Kinderhook Academy, New York in 1840, was admitted to the bar and began law practice in 1843. In 1859, he was elected as an Anti-Lecompton Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress, serving until 1861. Not a candidate for re-nomination, he resumed the practice of law. He was appointed a judge of the commission of appeals of New York State in 1873 and stayed in position until the expiration of the court by limitation in 1875. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA
Rockefeller, Lewis Kirby b. November 25, 1875 d. September 18, 1948 US Congressman. Elected as a Republican to represent New York's 27th District in the Seventy-fifth and two succeeding Congresses, he served from 1937 to 1943. Rockefeller graduated from New York State College in Albany in 1898 and spent the next 35 years in various State financial offices, including as Deputy State Tax Commissioner (1915 to 1921) and Deputy State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance (1921 to 1933). In 1933 he opened his own accounting and tax consulting firm in Chatham, New...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA Plot: Bain Family Plot, west side of Albany Ave.
Silvester, Peter b. 1734 d. October 15, 1808 US Congressman. Elected to represent New York's 5th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1789 to 1793. Also served as a State Court Judge, and Member of the New York State Senate serving the Eastern District from 1796 to 1797, and the Middle District from 1797 to 1800. (Bio by: K) Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA
Van Alen, James I. b. December 31, 1772 d. May 18, 1822 US Congressman. The older half-brother of President Martin Van Buren, James Van Alen was educated in the local schools, and then studied law. He attained admission to the bar, practiced in Kinderhook, and worked in partnership with Van Buren after Van Buren's admission to the bar. Van Alen served as Kinderhook's Town Clerk from 1797 to 1801, and was a delegate to the 1801 New York Constitutional Convention. He was a Justice of the Peace from 1801 to 1804, and member of the New York State...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill McKern) Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA
Van Buren, Hannah b. March 8, 1783 d. February 5, 1819 Wife of President Martin Van Buren. She was born Hannah Hoes in the small town of Kinderhook, New York comprised almost entirely of Dutch ancestry. She was a distant cousin of the future President's mother. Hannah never lost her distinctive Dutch accent she learned from her immigrant parents. She knew Martin Van Buren her entire life and became his girlfriend at an early age. He called her Jannetje which is Dutch for Hannah. Townspeople were well aware of the couple's attachment and assumed...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA
Van Buren, Martin b. December 5, 1782 d. July 24, 1862 8th United States President. Martin Van Buren was born in Kinderhook, New York a Hudson River town totally comprised of people of Dutch descent. His mother had been widowed with three children before marrying his father who was a tavern-inn proprietor while owning slaves who worked at the enterprise. The tavern hosted political meetings, elections and entertained such guests as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Young Martin received a political education while ease dropping as a boy. He...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA