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John Teunis BERGEN

(1786-1855)

BERGEN, John Teunis, (second cousin of Teunis Garret Bergen), a Representative from New York; born in Gowanus, Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1786; completed preparatory studies; appointed a lieutenant in the New York State Militia in 1812 and promoted to captain in 1815; served in the War of 1812; sheriff of Kings County, N.Y., 1821-1825 and again from 1828 until 1831, when he resigned; purchased the Long Island Patriot in 1829, the name of which was subsequently changed to the Brooklyn Advocate, and which ultimately became the Brooklyn Daily Eagle; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1833); chairman, Committee on Accounts (Twenty-second Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1832; engaged in agricultural pursuits near Bay Ridge, New Utrecht, N.Y.; moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., and engaged in the grocery business; in 1837, with his sons, conducted a planing mill in New York City; moved to Genesee County and engaged in agricultural pursuits; died in Batavia, Genesee County, N.Y., on March 9, 1855; interment in Batavia Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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