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John Van Schaick Lansing PRUYN

(1811-1877)

PRUYN, John Van Schaick Lansing, a Representative from New York; born in Albany, N.Y., June 22, 1811; pursued classical studies and was graduated from the Albany Academy in 1826; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Albany in 1832; held several local offices; appointed a regent of the University of the State of New York in 1844; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Thirty-fourth Congress in 1854; member of the State senate in 1861; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Erastus Corning and served from December 7, 1863, to March 3, 1865; elected to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1869); was not a candidate for renomination in 1864 and 1868; resumed the practice of law at Albany, N.Y.; chancellor of the University of the State of New York from 1868 until his death in Clifton Springs, Ontario County, N.Y., November 21, 1877; interment in Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany, N.Y.

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

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