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Peter Peterse Gansevoort

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Albany, Albany, New York
Death: January 4, 1876 (87)
Albany, Albany, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Brig-Gen Peter Gansevoort, Jr. and Catharina Wessellse Gansevoort
Husband of Mary Gansevoort (Sanford) and Susan Gansevoort
Father of Henry Sanford Gansevoort; Catherine Lansing; Mary Gansvoort and Herman Gansvoort
Brother of Maria Peterse Melville; Herman Peterse Gansevoort; Wessel Peterse Gansevoort and Leonard Peterse Gansevoort

Occupation: Judge of the County Court of Albany
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About Peter Peterse Gansevoort

(V) Judge Peter Gansevoort [Portrait with signature: original size (18K) | 4x enlarged (83K)], son of General Peter and Catherine (Van Schaick) Gansevoort, was born in Albany, December 22, 1788, and died at his home in that city, January 4, 1876. His higher literary education was acquired at the College of New Jersey, Princeton, where he graduated, and afterward he attended the celebrated Litchfield Law School; still later read law in the office of Harmanus Bleecker, and was admitted to the bar about 1811. His practice for many years was very considerable, and he ranked among the prominent members of the profession. For some time he acted as private secretary to Governor DeWitt Clinton, and then on his military staff as judge advocate general from 1819 to 1821. In 1830-31 he was a member of the assembly, and then a senator for four years, 1833 to 1836 inclusive. In all matters of public interest he took an active part, and was thoroughly attached to all that concerned his native city. He was a trustee of the Albany Academy for fifty years, and for twenty years was chairman of the board. In 1840 he was one of a committee, with Stephen Van Rensselaer, John A. Dix and others, to organize the Albany Cemetery Association, and to select grounds for the cemetery. He was a trustee of the cemetery until his death, and took a warm interest in arranging and beautifying the grounds. For many years he was a director of the New York State Bank, and occupied other positions of trust. Although his military service was short, he took a warm interest throughout life in military matters.

Among the public positions held by General Gansevoort was that of first judge of the county court of Albany county from 1843 to 1847, the duties of which office he discharged with great fidelity and to the entire satisfaction of the legal profession and the public. He carried marked traits of his ancestry with him through life, and was a most thorough representative of the Dutch element of his native city. He was the very embodiment of high-souled honor and integrity, pure in private life, and devotedly attached to his country and its institutions. On more than one occasion he visited the countries of the Old World in search of health and instruction, but always returned home with his love for his own government strengthened by comparison with those abroad. He was a man of courtly manners and commanding presence, and in society was very genial and engaging. His kind heart and generous impulses made him a favorite with all classes of men, and he lived without enemies, and no one is left of all who knew him who does not mourn his death and honor his memory. The illness of judge Gansevoort was long and trying; but he retained his mental powers to the last and sank quietly and peacefully to his rest, just as his country had entered on the centennial vear of its independence, in achieving which his father had rendered such important service. His funeral took place on Saturday, January 8, 1876, and was very largely attended by public officers as well as by family friends and citizens. The officers of the Albany Burgesses Corps, with the patriotic spirit which always marked that organization, attended in military undress as a guard of honor; and the cadets of the Albany Academy, to the number of nearly one hundred, were also present in their drill uniform. Religious services were performed at the house by the Rev. Dr. Clark of the North Dutch (Reformed) Church, of which church Judge Gansevoort was a member in communion; and his remains were conveyed to that cemetery for which he had done so much.

In 1833 Judge Gansevoort married (first) Mary Sanford, born 1814, died 1841, daughter of Hon. Nathan Sanford, chancellor of this state, and subsequently senator in Congress. He married (second) December 12, 1843, Susan Lansing [Portrait with signature: original size (9K) | 4x enlarged (26K)], who died in October, 1874, daughter of Abraham G. Lansing, of Albany. Children:

Henry Sanford, (see post);


Catherine, married Abraham Lansing, and survives him;


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Peter Peterse Gansevoort's Timeline

December 22, 1788
Albany, Albany, New York
December 15, 1835
Age 46
Albany, NY, USA
April 10, 1838
Age 49
January 4, 1876
Age 87
Albany, Albany, New York