Robert B. Van Valkenburgh, US Congress

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Robert Bruce Van Valkenburgh

Also Known As: "Van Valkenburg"
Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Prattsburgh, Steuben Co, NY
Death: August 01, 1888 (66)
Jacksonville, FL, United States
Place of Burial: St Nicholas Cem, So Jacksonville, Duval Co, FL
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Van Valkenburgh and Mary Bethiah Van Valkenburgh
Husband of Anna Van Valkenburgh; Catherine F Van Valkenburgh and Anna Van Valkenburgh
Father of Daisy Schoonmaker and Eliza Van Valkenburg
Brother of Mary Bethia Voorhies; Franklin Butler Van Valkenburgh; Bartholomew Jacob Van Valkenburgh; David Higgins VanValkenburgh; Catherine Haven and 6 others

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About Robert B. Van Valkenburgh, US Congress

Civil War Union Army Officer, US Congressman. A prominent member of the New Yorlk State Legislature before the Civil War, upon the outbreak of the conflict he administered a recruiting depot, and helped organize 17 New York regiments. In August 1862 he was comissioned Colonel and commander of the 107th New York Volunteer Infantry.

He led the unit first in the defenses of Washington, DC, then in the Army of the Potomac during the Antietam Campiagn, where in the Battle on September 17, 1862 he regment fought in its first action in the East Woods and along Hagerstown Pike. In October 1862 he was discharged from the Army and he resumed his Congressional seat, which he had been elected to as a Republican representing New York's 28th and 27th Districts in the United States House of Representatives (the colonelship of the 107th New York passed to another Congressman-Soldier, Alexander Samuel Diven). He served from March 4, 1861 to March 3, 1865.

After the end of his Congressional tenure and the War, he served as acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs in 1865, as Resident Minister to Japan from 1866 to 1869, and as a Florida State Associate Supreme Court Justice from 1874 to 1888. Today his name can be found inscribed on the New York Memorial Monument on the Antietam Battlefield.

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Robert B. Van Valkenburgh, US Congress's Timeline

September 23, 1821
Prattsburgh, Steuben Co, NY
Age 44
Virginia City, Storey Co, (CA territory), NV
Age 48
August 1, 1888
Age 66
Jacksonville, FL, United States
St Nicholas Cem, So Jacksonville, Duval Co, FL