Egbert Ten Eyck

Egbert Ten Eyck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1823 – December 15, 1825
Preceded byDavid Woodcock
William B. Rochester
Succeeded byDaniel Hugunin, Jr.
Nicoll Fosdick
Member of the New York State Assembly
In office
July 1, 1812 – June 30, 1813
Personal details
Born(1779-04-18)April 18, 1779
Schodack, New York
DiedApril 11, 1844(1844-04-11) (aged 64)
Watertown, New York
Political partyFederalist
Rebecca Pearce
(m. 1810; his death 1844)
RelationsJoseph Mullin (grandson)
ParentsAnthony E. Ten Eyck
Maria Egbert
Alma materWilliams College (1799)

Egbert Ten Eyck (April 18, 1779 in Schodack, Rensselaer County, New York – April 11, 1844 in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ten Eyck was born on April 18, 1779, in Schodack, New York.[2] He was the son of Anthony E. Ten Eyck (1739–1816) and Maria (née Egbert) Ten Eyck (1748–1819). His father was a member of Constitutional Convention of 1787, judge of Rensselaer County and member of the New York State Senate. He had several siblings including Anthony Ten Eyck (1784–1859), Jacob A. Ten Eyck (1781–1859), Coenraad Anthony Ten Eyck (1789–1845), Sheriff of Albany County.[3]

His paternal grandparents were Catharine (nee Cuyler) Ten Eyck (1709–1790)[4] and Jacob Coenraedt Ten Eyck (1705–1793), who served as Mayor of Albany from 1748 to 1750 and was a member of Albany’s Committee of Safety during the Revolutionary War.[5][6]

He graduated from Williams College in 1799. Then he studied law at Albany, New York, was admitted to the bar in 1807, and practiced in Watertown.[2]


In June 1812, Ten Eyck was elected as a Federalist to the New York State Assembly representing Jefferson County,[7] serving from July 1, 1812 until June 30, 1813.[2]

He was Supervisor of Jefferson County in 1816, Trustee of the Village of Watertown in 1816, and one of the incorporators of the Jefferson County National Bank. He was First Secretary of the Jefferson County Agricultural Society in 1817, President of the Village of Watertown in 1820, and was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1821.[2] He was First Judge of the Jefferson County Court, serving from 1820 to 1829.[8]

In November 1824, Ten Eyck was elected to the 18th,[9] and declared re-elected as a Jacksonian to the 19th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1823, to December 15, 1825, when his election was successfully contested by Daniel Hugunin, Jr. Afterwards Ten Eyck resumed the practice of law.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Rebecca Pearce (1788–1850), the daughter of Pierce and Lydia Pierce. Her brother was Olney Pierce (1770–1839), who married Elizabeth Van Deusen, and her sister was Lydia Pierce (1777–1839), who married Elias Ticknor (1769–1843). Olney and Egbert were both early settlers of Champion, New York.[10] Together, they were the parents of:[11][3]

  • Anthony Ten Eyck (1811–1867), who married Harriet Elizabeth Fairchild (1815–1846), daughter of Rev. Joy Hamlet Fairchild,[12] in 1836.[11][13]
  • Catherine Ten Eyck (1813–1863), who married Jacob Foster in 1836.[11]
  • Lydia Maria Ten Eyck (1815–1884), who married Joseph Mullin (1811–1882), also a lawyer and member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1839.[11]
  • Egbert Ten Eyck (1828–1878)[11]
  • Robert Ten Eyck (1832–1873), who married Catharine Greene.[11]

He died on April 11, 1844, the same day as Micah Sterling who had preceded him in Congress, and both were buried at the Brookside Cemetery in Watertown.


Through his daughter Lydia, he was the maternal grandfather of State Senator Joseph Mullin (1848–1897).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hough, Franklin Benjamin (1854). A History of Jefferson County in the State of New York: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. Joel Munsell. p. 452. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "TEN EYCK, Egbert - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b Reynolds, Cuyler (1911). Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: A Record of Achievements of the People of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys in New York State, Included Within the Present Counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Washington, Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton, Schenectady, Columbia and Greene | Vol. I. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  4. ^ Bielinski, Stefan. "Catharina Cuyler Ten Eyck". New York State Museum. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  5. ^ Bielinski, Stefan. "Jacob C. Ten Eyck". New York State Museum. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  6. ^ Upsilon, Psi (1929). The Diamond of Psi Upsilon. Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  7. ^ "A New Nation Votes". Retrieved 7 September 2017. Original Election Returns: Utica Patriot (Utica, NY). June 2, 1812. The Albany Register (Albany, NY). June 12, 1812.
  8. ^ Hough, Franklin Benjamin (1858). The New York Civil List: Containing the names and origin of the civil divisions, and the names and dates of election or appointment of the principal state and county officers from the Revolution to the present time. Weed, Parsons and Co. pp. 57, 71, 187, 309 and 361. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  9. ^ "A New Nation Votes". Retrieved 7 September 2017. Manuscript Depositions relating to the contested election of Daniel Hugunin, Jr. and Egbert Ten Eyck. The National Archives, Washington, DC. Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY). November 13, 1824. Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY). November 20, 1824. Madison Observer (Morrisville, NY). November 24, 1824. The Albany Argus (Albany, NY). December 14, 1824.
  10. ^ Emerson, Ed., Edgar C. (1898). History of Champion, New York | From Our County and Its People | A Descriptive Work on Jefferson County. New York: The Boston History Company. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Talcott, Sebastian V. (2001). Genealogical Notes Of New York And New England Families. Heritage Books. ISBN 9780788419560. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  12. ^ Cogswell, D.D. Editor, Rev. William; New England Historic Genealogical Society (1847). The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston: Samuel G. Drake, Publisher. Retrieved 7 September 2017.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Derby, George; White, James Terry (1904). The National Cyclopedia of American Biography ... V.1-. J. T. White. Retrieved 7 September 2017.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Woodcock,
William B. Rochester
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th congressional district

with Ela Collins 1823-25 and Nicoll Fosdick 1825
Succeeded by
Daniel Hugunin, Jr.,
Nicoll Fosdick