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Nicholas Van Dyke, Jr.

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Birthplace: New Castle, New Castle, Delaware, United States
Death: May 21, 1826 (55)
New Castle, New Castle, Delaware, United States
Place of Burial: New Castle, New Castle, Delaware, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Hon. Nicholas Van Dyke, Sr. and Charlotte Van Dyke
Husband of Mary Ann Van Dyke
Father of Ann Van Dyke; Nicholas Van Dyke, I and Dorcas Montgomery du Pont

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About Nicholas Van Dyke, U.S. Senator

US Representative, US Senator. Served in Delaware State House of Representatives 1799. Elected to the United States Congress from Delaware and served from 1807 to 1811. Elected to the United States Senate to represent Delaware and served from 1817 until 1826.

Bio by: Russ Pickett

SOURCE: Find A Grave.com

NOTE: According to Find A Grave.com, Nicholas Van Dyke, Jr., was the son Nicholas Van Dyke, Sr., and Elizabeth Nixon Van Dyke, but according to Wikipedia Nicholas Van Dyke, Jr. was the son of Nicholas Van Dyke, Sr., and Charlotte Stanley Van Dyke. Another discrepancy is the fact that Find A Grave.com shows that Nicholas Van Dyke, Jr. was born December 20, 1769, but Wikipedia shows he was born December 20, 1770. Considering that Elizabeth Nixon Van Dyke, born in 1746, died January 2, 1770, according to Find A Grave, then she would not have been the mother of Nicholas, Jr., unless he was born December 29, 1769. Charlotte Stanley Van Dyke died in February of 1807, but the date of her birth is unknown.

The following information is from Wikipedia: Nicholas Van Dyke (December 20, 1770 – May 21, 1826) was an American lawyer and politician from New Castle, Delaware. He was a member of the Federalist Party, who served in the Delaware General Assembly, as Attorney General of Delaware, as U.S. Representative from Delaware, and as U.S. Senator from Delaware.

Early life and family - Van Dyke was born in New Castle, Delaware, son of Nicholas and Charlotte Stanley Van Dyke. His father had been a member of the Continental Congress and a President of Delaware. The younger Nicholas graduated from the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University in 1788, studied law with his brother-in-law, Kensy Johns, and was admitted to the Delaware Bar in New Castle, in 1792.

He married Mary Ann Leuvaneigh in 1792. They had six children, including Nicholas III, Kensey Johns, and Dorcas Montgomery and lived at many houses in and around New Castle. One of these was at the corner of Delaware and Fourth Streets and was the location of the 1824 wedding of Dorcas Van Dyke and Charles I. duPont, which was attended by the Marquis de Lafayette. His farm and summer retreat, The Hermitage, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The family were members of Immanuel Episcopal Church.

Political career - Van Dyke was a Federalist who was a member of the Delaware House of Representatives in 1799. From 1801 until 1806 he served as Delaware Attorney General. In 1807 he was elected to the 10th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of U.S. Representative James M. Broom. He was reelected to the 11th Congress, and served in the U.S. House from October 6, 1807 until March 3, 1811.

With the Federalists a powerless minority in Congress, he returned home to serve as the Attorney General of Delaware. Subsequently, he was elected to the Delaware State Senate for the 1816 and 1817 sessions. While serving there he was elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1817, until his death on May 21, 1826. He missed the first month and a half of the 18th Congress, as his first term in the Senate expired on March 3, 1823, and he was not re-elected by the Delaware Legislature until January 7, 1824. He did not take his seat in the Senate for the 18th Congress until January 14, 1824, while the Senate had convened on December 1, 1823. He was Chairman of the Committee on Pensions in the 16th U.S. Congress.

Death and legacy - Van Dyke died at New Castle, and is buried there in the Immanuel Episcopal Church Cemetery. He was compared to other lawyers by one who knew him as a "sound lawyer and superior to them all as a fluent, graceful and successful advocate and in the skillful management of his cases."

Almanac - Elections were held the first Tuesday of October and members of the General Assembly took office on the first Tuesday of January. The State Senate had a term of three years and the State House had a term of one year. U.S. Representatives took office March 4 and have a two-year term. The General Assembly chose the U.S. Senators who also took office March 4, but for a six-year term.


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Nicholas Van Dyke (December 20, 1770 - May 21, 1826) was an American lawyer and politician from New Castle, Delaware. He was a member of the Federalist Party, who served in the Delaware General Assembly, as Attorney General of Delaware, as U.S. Representative from Delaware, and as U.S. Senator from Delaware.


Early life and family


Van Dyke was born in New Castle, Delaware, son of Nicholas and Charlotte Stanley Van Dyke. His father had been a member of the Continental Congress and a President of Delaware. The younger Nicholas graduated from the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University in 1788, studied law with his brother-in-law, Kensy Johns, and was admitted to the Delaware Bar in New Castle, in 1792. He married Mary Ann Leuvaneigh in 1792. They had six children, including Nicholas III, Kensey Johns, and Dorcas Montgomery and lived at many houses in and around New Castle. One of these was at the corner of Delaware and Fourth Streets and was the location of the 1824 wedding of Dorcas Van Dyke and Charles I. du Pont, which was attended by the Marquis de Lafayette. The family were members of Immanuel Episcopal Church.


Political career


Van Dyke was a Federalist who was a member of the Delaware House of Representatives in 1799. From 1801 until 1806 he served as Delaware Attorney General. In 1807 he was elected to the 10th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of U.S. Representative James M. Broom. He was reelected to the 11th Congress, and served in the U.S. House from October 6, 1807 until March 3, 1811. With the Federalists a powerless minority in Congress, he returned home to serve as the Attorney General of Delaware. Subsequently, he was elected to the Delaware State Senate for the 1816 and 1817 sessions. While serving there he was elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1817 until his death on May 21, 1826. He missed the first month and a half of the 18th Congress, as his first term in the Senate expired on March 3, 1823, and he was not re-elected by the Delaware Legislature until January 7, 1824. He did not take his seat in the Senate for the 18th Congress until January 14, 1824, while the Senate had convened on December 1, 1823. He was Chairman of the Committee on Pensions in the 16th U.S. Congress.


Death and legacy


Van Dyke died at New Castle, and is buried there in the Immanuel Episcopal Church Cemetery. He was compared to other lawyers by one who knew him as a "sound lawyer and superior to them all as a fluent, graceful and successful advocate and in the skillful management of his cases."


Almanac

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Nicholas Van Dyke, U.S. Senator's Timeline

1770
December 20, 1770
New Castle, New Castle, Delaware, United States
1795
1795
1796
1796
1800
1800
Duck Creek, Kent, Delaware, United States
1826
May 21, 1826
Age 55
New Castle, New Castle, Delaware, United States
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New Castle, New Castle, Delaware, United States