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Churchill Caldom Cambreleng (October 24, 1786 – April 30, 1862) was an American businessman and politician from New York. He is notable for his service in the United States House of Representatives from 1821 to 1839, including terms as chairman of several high profile committees. In addition, he served as U.S. Minister to Russia from 1840 to 1841.

Churchill C. Cambreleng
C. C. Cambreleng.jpg
United States Minister to Russia
In office
Preceded byGeorge M. Dallas
Succeeded byCharles S. Todd
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
December 3, 1821 – March 3, 1839
Preceded byHenry Meigs
Peter H. Wendover
Succeeded byMoses H. Grinnell
Edward Curtis
James Monroe
Ogden Hoffman
Constituency2nd district (1821–23)
3rd district (1823–39)
Personal details
Born(1786-10-24)October 24, 1786
Washington, North Carolina
DiedApril 30, 1862(1862-04-30) (aged 75)
West Neck, New York
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Crawford Republican
Free Soil Party


Historical marker designating the birth city of Cambreleng

C. C. Cambreleng was born in Washington, Beaufort County, North Carolina on October 24, 1786, the son of Stephen Cambreleng and Ann (Patten) Cambreleng.[1] He attended school in New Bern, North Carolina, and moved to New York City in 1802.[1]

Intending to begin a career as a businessman, Cambreleng worked as a clerk in a mercantile counting room.[2] In 1806 he moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where he was the chief clerk for a merchant with interests in the Pacific Northwest.[2] After the death of his employer, Cambreleng intended to pursue a business opportunity in New Orleans, but was unable to remain there because of ongoing combat during the War of 1812.[3]

He then returned to New York City, where he was employed by John Jacob Astor.[2] Cambreleng traveled throughout Europe and Asia while handling commercial opportunities for himself and Astor, and he eventually became wealthy as a result of his business success.[2]

Cambreleng was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 17th, and was re-elected as a Crawford Democratic-Republican to the 18th, as a Jacksonian to the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th, and as a Democrat to the 25th United States Congress, holding office from December 3, 1821, to March 3, 1839.[1] He was Chairman of the Commerce Committee (20th to 22nd Congresses), Foreign Affairs Committee (23rd Congress) and the Ways and Means Committee (24th and 25th Congresses).[2]

Upon its incorporation in 1831, he became the first President of the Saratoga and Schenectady Railroad.[1]

President Martin Van Buren appointed him United States Minister to Russia in 1840 and he served until 1841.[2] He was a delegate from Suffolk County to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1846.[1]

He attended the 1848 Democratic National Convention in Baltimore as a Barnburner but withdrew with his faction, and participated in the nomination of Van Buren as the candidate of the Free Soil Party.[1] Later he rejoined the Democrats and supported Franklin Pierce in 1852.[1]

Death and burialEdit

Cambreleng died in West Neck, Suffolk County, New York on April 30, 1862.[2] He was buried at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, Section 73, Lot 4150.[4]


In 1835, Cambreleng married Phebe Glover, the daughter of New York City merchant John J. Glover.[5] They remained married until Cambreleng's death, and had no children.[6]


Cambreleng Avenue in the Bronx, New York, is named for him.




  • Barrett, Walter (1865). The Old Merchants of New York City. New York, NY: Carleton.
  • Bowman, Fred Q. (1986). 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York, 1813-1850. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co. ISBN 978-0-8063-1149-4.
  • Lanman, Charles (1876). Biographical Annals of the Civil Government of the United States: During Its First Century. Washington, DC: James Anglim.
  • Spencer, Thomas E. (1998). Where They're Buried. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Company. ISBN 978-0-8063-4823-0.



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