Gideon Lee (April 27, 1778 – August 21, 1841) was an American politician who was the 60th Mayor of New York City and United States Representative from New York.

Gideon Lee
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd district
In office
December 7, 1835 – March 3, 1837
Preceded byCampbell P. White
Succeeded byEdward Curtis
60th Mayor of New York City[1]
In office
Preceded byWalter Bowne
Succeeded byCornelius Van Wyck Lawrence
Personal details
BornApril 27, 1778
Amherst, Massachusetts
DiedAugust 21, 1841(1841-08-21) (aged 63)
Geneva, New York
Political partyJacksonian


He attended the common schools. He became a shoemaker in Worthington, Massachusetts. He moved first to New York City and then to Georgia, where he was in the mercantile business. He returned to New York in 1807 and engaged in the leather business.


He served as member of the New York State Assembly in 1823,[2] and as alderman from 1828 to 1830. He was Mayor of New York from 1833 to 1834, but declined to be a candidate for reelection.

Lee was elected as a Jacksonian to the 24th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Campbell P. White and served from November 4, 1835, to March 3, 1837. He then retired and moved to Geneva, New York.

He was a presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1840, voting for William Henry Harrison and John Tyler.

He was buried at the Washington Street Cemetery in Geneva, New York.


  1. ^ Greenbook Archived May 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ NYT May 15, 1866

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

  • United States Congress. "Gideon Lee (id: L000193)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Churchill C. Cambreleng
Campbell P. White
Ely Moore
John McKeon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd congressional district

with Churchill C. Cambreleng, Ely Moore, John McKeon
Succeeded by
Churchill C. Cambreleng
Edward Curtis
Ely Moore
Ogden Hoffman