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Aaron Vanderpoel (February 5, 1799 – July 18, 1870) was a U.S. Representative from New York[1] and a close friend of U.S. President Martin Van Buren.[2]

Hon. Aaron Vanderpoel
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837
Preceded bySeat added
Succeeded byRobert McClellan
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841
Preceded byRobert McClellan
Succeeded byRobert McClellan
Personal details
Born(1799-02-05)February 5, 1799
Kinderhook, New York
DiedJuly 18, 1870(1870-07-18) (aged 71)
New York City
Political partyJacksonian Party
Spouse(s)
Harriet Baldwin
(m. 1821; her death 1837)

Ellen McBride
(m. 1839; his death 1870)
Children2
Parents
  • Isaac Vanderpoel
  • Moyca Huyck
EducationKinderhook Academy
Lenox Academy

Early lifeEdit

Aaron Vanderpoel was the youngest of six children born in Kinderhook, New York to Isaac Vanderpoel (1747–1807) and Moyca Vanderpoel (née Huyck, 1758–1827):[3] Anne Vanderpoel (1785–1787), James Vanderpoel (1787–1843), who married Anna Doll (1782–1855) on April 7, 1808 (their daughter, Elizabeth Vanderpoel (1814–1844), married John Van Buren (1810–1866), the second son of President Martin Van Buren),[4] Anne Vanderpoel (1789-1793), Elizabeth Vanderpoel (1791–1833), who married Lucas J. Van Alen on January 16, 1815, John Vanderpoel (1796-1851), who married Sarah W. Oakley on January 14, 1823, and was a judge of the Superior Court in Albany,[4] and Aaron Vanderpoel (1799–1870). Vanderpoel and most of his siblings were educated at Kinderhook Academy and Lenox Academy.

Vanderpoel's maternal grandparents were Jacobus "James" Huyck of Pompaonie and Elizabeth Huyck (née Van Dyck) (b. October 17, 1758). His great-grandparents were Arent Van Dyck and Heyltie Van Dyck (née Van Alen). His paternal grandparents were Johannes "John" Van der Poel and Annatje Staats (née Nautje).[3]

On October 20, 1775, during the Revolutionary War, Vanderpoel's father, Isaac, was commissioned adjutant of the 7th Regiment of New York Militia, the organization raised in the militia's Kinderhook District. After some time, he was removed from his position for disaffection to the American government. He then joined the British forces and commanded a company of refugees on Staten Island. During this time, he became very ill and purportedly through the influence of his mother, he was able to pass through the American lines and be brought home to be cared for. This was arranged with her relative General Pieter Schuyler. Upon his recovery, he returned to his company on Staten Island. After the war ended, his estate was confiscated by the government for his allegiance to the United Kingdom, and he was left penniless. After his marriage, however, he purchased a small farm in Chatham, New York, about a mile and a half from Kinderhook Lake, where he died on December 25, 1807.[3]

BiographyEdit

Vanderpoel studied law with Peter van Schaack before completing his studies with his brother James Vanderpoel. Vanderpoel was admitted to the bar in 1820 and commenced practice in Kinderhook, New York. He went on to serve as member of the New York State Assembly from 1826 to 1830.

United States CongressEdit

Vanderpoel was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress.

Vanderpoel was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841). He retired from Congress and settled in New York City. He served as judge of the superior court from 1842 to 1850.[1]

During his congressional service, he acquired the nickname of the "Kinderhook roarer" because of the power of his voice and his oratorical skills.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Vanderpoel was married twice. The first time was to Harriet Baldwin on September 3, 1821, who died in April 1837. The second was to Ellen McBride on April 2, 1839.[3] With Ellen, he had two children.

He died at his residence on 16th Street in New York City on July 18, 1870, and was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery. The funeral service for Vanderpoel was held at St. George's Church in Stuyvesant Square.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "VANDERPOEL, Aaron, (1799 - 1870)". bioguide.congress.gov. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b New York Times Staff (July 20, 1870). "Hon. Aaron Vanderpoel". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Talcott, Sebastian Visscher (1883). Genealogical notes of New York and New England families. Albany, N.Y.: Weed, Parsons and Co. p. 832. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b New York Times Staff (August 23, 1887). "A.J. VANDERPOEL DEAD DYING SUDDENLY OF APOPLEXY IN PARIS.PREVIOUS WARNINGS WHICH WERE LITTLE HEEDED—THE CAREER OF A WELL KNOWN LAWYER". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  5. ^ James Grant Wilson and John Fiske (eds.) (1889). Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography Vol. 6. New York: D. Appleton & Sons. Retrieved 22 February 2016.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)

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