Peter Van Gaasbeck

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Peter Van Gaasbeck (September 27, 1754 – 1797) was an American merchant and politician from Kingston, New York.

He was born in Ulster County, New York, 27 September, 1754, son of Abraham Van Gaasbeck and Sarah Van Gaasbeck.
He died at Kingston, New York, 1797, ae. 42-43, and is buried in the Old Dutch Churchyard, Kingston, [findagrave id 6825511]

The family name is sometimes spelled "Van Gaasbeek."


He was educated in Kingston, New York. During the Revolutionary War he served as a Major in the Ulster County militia.

Van Gaasbeck was a successful merchant. He was a supporter of the George Washington administration (the group later recognized as the Federalist Party), and was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He represented New York in the 3rd United States Congress, March 4, 1793 to March 3, 1795.

In 1794 Van Gaasbeck married Sarah Dumont (or Dumond). She died ? no memorial at the First Dutch Reformed Church in Kingston.

Probably due to his correspondence with the Roosevelt family, Franklin Roosevelt collected some of the letters of Gaasbeck, found at a local sale, prob. in the 1920s. These also include some letters from Ebenezer Foote.

Letter from Alexander Hamilton to Peter Van Gaasbeck, [n.p., n.d.]

To Peter Van Gaasbeck
Dr Sir
I learn with great pleasure the intelligence contained in your private letter. I hope the good sense of our state will every day give new triumphs to good men & good measures.

With esteem & regard   Yr Obed ser
A Hamilton

External links

  • United States Congress. "Peter Van Gaasbeck (id: V000039)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Peter Van Gaasbeck at Find a Grave
  • The History of Kingston, New York: From Its Early Settlement to the Year 1820, by Marius Schoonmaker