Henry Van Aernam

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Henry Van Aernam
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 31st district
In office
March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1869
Preceded byReuben E. Fenton
Succeeded byPorter Sheldon
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1883
Preceded byGeorge W. Patterson
Succeeded byFrancis B. Brewer
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Cattaraugus County, 1st district
In office
January 1, 1858 – December 31, 1858
Preceded byAlanson King
Succeeded byMarsena Baker
Personal details
Born(1819-03-11)March 11, 1819
Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 1, 1894(1894-06-01) (aged 75)
Franklinville, New York, U.S.
Resting placeMount Prospect Cemetery
Franklinville, New York
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Amy Melissa Etheridge Van Aernam
ChildrenIsadora G. Van Aernam McVey
Charles Duane Van Aernam
Alma materGeneva Medical College
Willoughby Medical College
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Branch/serviceUnion Army
UnitOne Hundred and Fifty-fourth Regiment
New York Volunteer Infantry
Battles/warsUnited States Civil War

Henry Van Aernam (March 11, 1819 – June 1, 1894) was a United States Representative from New York.

Early life[edit]

Born in Marcellus, Onondaga County, Van Aerman pursued an academic course, and studied medicine at the Geneva and Willoughby Medical Colleges and practiced his profession.


Van Aernam was a member of the New York State Assembly (Cattaraugus Co., 1st D.) in 1858. In the spring of 1858, at the close of the legislature, he returned to his practice.[1]

During the United States Civil War Van Aernam enrolled in the Union Army as a surgeon in the One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, and served from September 26, 1862 to November 5, 1864.

A slavery-hating abolitionist, Van Aernam was a charter member of the Republican party. He was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1865 to March 3, 1869. He was appointed as Commissioner of Pensions on May 1, 1869, and held that office until May 31, 1871, when he resigned.

Elected to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses, Van Aernam again held office from March 4, 1879 to March 3, 1883. He resumed the practice of medicine in Franklinville, New York.


Van Aernam died in Franklinnville, New York on June 1, 1894 (age 75 years, 2 months, and 21 days). He is interred at Mount Prospect Cemetery, Franklinville, New York.

Family life[edit]

On November 30, 1845, Van Aernam married Amy Melissa Etheridge, and they had two children: a daughter, Isadora, and a son, Charles Duane.[2]

Van Aernam's sister, Ann Van Aernam, married Benjamin Fuller, an early settler of Little Valley, New York. Ann and Benjamin's son would be named after Henry Van Aernam; Henry Van Aernam Fuller (1841–63) would die in the Battle of Gettysburg.


  1. ^ Ellis, Nash, Franklin, Eugene Arns. History of Cattaraugus County, New York. L.H. Everts, 1879 - Cattaraugus County (N.Y.). p. 327.
  2. ^ "Henry Van Aerman". U.S. Army Military History Institute Carlisle Barracks, PA. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Alanson King
New York State Assembly
Cattaraugus County, 1st District

Succeeded by
Marsena Baker
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Reuben E. Fenton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 31st congressional district

Succeeded by
Porter Sheldon
Preceded by
George W. Patterson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 33rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Francis B. Brewer