John Evert Van Alen

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John Evert Van Alen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1793 – March 3, 1799
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byJohn C. Brodhead
Personal details
Kinderhook, New York, U.S.
Died(1807-02-27)February 27, 1807
Defreestville, New York, U.S.
Resting placeBloomington Rural Cemetery
North Greenbush, New York
Political partyFederalist
Spouse(s)Anne Freyermoet Van Alen
ChildrenEveret Van Alen
Professionsurveyor, merchant, politician

John Evert Van Alen (1749 – February 27, 1807) was an American surveyor, merchant, and politician from the U.S. state of New York. He served as a Federalist member of the United States House of Representatives.

Early life[edit]

Revolutionary War service record for John Evert Van Alen (1749-1807).

Van Alen was born in Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, the son of Adam and Mary Van Alen. After completing his studies he became a farmer.

He moved to Defreestville, New York and continued to farm, also serving in local offices including justice of the peace. In addition, Van Alen worked as a civil engineer and surveyor, and was the owner and operator of a general store.

During the American Revolution he served as a private in the 7th Regiment (Abraham Van Alstyne's) of the Albany County Militia.[1][2]

In 1790, he surveyed the town of Greenbush, New York[3] and operated a general store in Greenbush. He also became involved in civil engineering and surveying.[4]

Political career[edit]

He held various political office in New York, and was assistant judge for Rensselaer County in 1791.[5] He was elected as a U.S. Representative to New York's newly created 7th congressional district in 1793 and was reelected twice, serving in Congress from March 4, 1793 to March 3, 1799.[6][7] He then served as a member of the New York State Assembly in 1800 and 1801.[8]

Death and legacy[edit]

Van Alen died in Defreestville on February 27, 1807 and is interred in Bloomington Rural Cemetery in North Greenbush, New York.

The John Evert Van Alen House, constructed while he was sitting in Congress at Philadelphia, is extant in Defreestville, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.[9]

Family life[edit]

Van Alen married Anne Freyermoet in 1771. They had one child, Everet, whom they adopted.[10]


  1. ^ Roberts, James A. (1904). New York In The Revolution as Colony and State, Volume 1. Albany, NY: J. B. Lyon and Company. p. 110.
  2. ^ Greenfield, Jim (November 28, 2006). "Our Most Famous Citizen" (PDF). Town Historian: North Greenbush Notes. Town of North Greenbush, NY. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  3. ^ New York (State) (1827). Laws of the State of New York. New York (State). p. 240. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  4. ^ Bascomb, Neal (2004). Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City. Broadway Books. p. 33.
  5. ^ Weise, A.J. (1880). History of the Seventeen Towns of Rensselaer County. Troy, NY: J. M. Francis & Tucker. p. 7. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  6. ^ Anderson, George Baker (1897). Landmarks of Rensselaer County, New York. D. Mason & Company. p. 71. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  7. ^ Congressional Quarterly, inc (2009). American Political Leaders 1789-2009. CQ Press. p. 257. ISBN 9781452267265. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  8. ^ Herringshaw, Thomas William (1904). Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century. American Publishers' Association. p. 955. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  9. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  10. ^ Coffin, Margaret (1986). Borders and Scrolls: Early American Brush-Stroke Wall Painting 1790-1820. SUNY Press. p. 39. ISBN 9780939072088. Retrieved 1 August 2014.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Thompson