Jeremiah H. Pierson

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Jeremiah H. Pierson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd district
In office
Preceded byCaleb Tompkins
Succeeded byChurchill C. Cambreleng, John J. Morgan, Peter Sharpe
Personal details
Jeremiah Halsey Pierson

(1766-09-13)September 13, 1766
Newark, Province of New Jersey, British America
DiedDecember 12, 1855(1855-12-12) (aged 89)
Ramapo, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
RelationsJohn Frederick Pierson (grandson)

Jeremiah Halsey Pierson (September 13, 1766 – December 12, 1855) was an American politician from New York.


Pierson was born on September 13, 1766 in Newark, Province of New Jersey in what was then British America. In 1772, Pierson and his parents moved to Richmond, Massachusetts. He attended the public schools in Richmond and Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and completed preparatory studies.

He was fifth in descent from Abraham Pierson, the first president of Yale University beginning in 1701. The first American Pierson, Abraham Pierson the Elder, came to Boston in 1639 from Yorkshire, England and helped found Southampton, New York, Stamford, Connecticut, and Newark, New Jersey.[1][2]


He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Massachusetts.

In 1795, Pierson moved to Ramapo. He practiced law and engaged in mercantile pursuits and manufacturing. He was a Justice of the Peace from 1800 to 1811. He was an associate justice of the Rockland County Court in 1808.

Pierson was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 17th United States Congress, holding office from December 3, 1821, to March 3, 1823. Afterwards he resumed his former business pursuits. He was largely instrumental in securing the construction of the Erie Railroad.

He was a delegate to the National Republican Convention at Baltimore in 1831.

Personal life[edit]

Pierson was married to Sarah (née Colt) (1772–1820), the daughter of Jabez Colt and Sarah Elizabeth (née Mix) Colt.[3] Together, they were the parents of:[3]

  • Elizabeth Pierson (1794–1833), who married author and educator Eleazar Lord (1788–1871).
  • Josiah Gilbert Pierson (1797–1845)
  • Jeremiah Halsey Pierson (1800–1851)
  • Theodore Pierson (1803–1816)
  • Henry Pierson (1807–1807), who died young.
  • Henry Lewis Pierson (1807–1893)
  • Benjamin Franklin Pierson (1811–1836)

Pierson died on December 12, 1855 in Ramapo, New York. He was buried at the Ramapo Cemetery.


Through his son Henry Lewis Pierson, he was the grandfather of John Frederick Pierson (1839–1932), a brevet Brigadier General during the U.S. Civil War and society leader in New York and Newport during the Gilded Age,[4] and Helen Maria Pierson, who married William Gaston Hamilton (son of John Church Hamilton and grandson of first U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton), and was, herself, the grandmother of Helen Morgan Hamilton, Pierpont Morgan Hamilton, and Alexander Morgan Hamilton.[5]


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Caleb Tompkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Churchill C. Cambreleng,
John J. Morgan,
Peter Sharpe