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Gerrit Yates LANSING

(1783-1862)

LANSING, Gerrit Yates, (nephew of John Lansing, Jr.), a Representative from New York; born in Albany, N.Y., August 4, 1783; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Union College in 1800; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1804 and commenced practice in Albany; clerk of the State assembly in 1807; judge of the court of probates 1816-1823; elected regent of the University of the State of New York in 1829 and served until his death; was appointed chancellor of the board on October 31, 1842; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second, Twenty-third, and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1837); was not a candidate for reelection in 1836; president of the Albany Savings Bank 1854-1862; president of the Albany Insurance Co. 1859-1862; died in Albany, N.Y., January 3, 1862; interment in the Albany Rural Cemetery.

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

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