Born in Catskill, he was educated by his father, a clergyman. Town histories recount that Schuneman was well known in upstate New York because of his imposing physique; he was six feet three inches tall, and weighed nearly 300 pounds.
In 1792 he was appointed a justice of the peace for Albany County, which then included Catskill. He operated a successful general store, and owned an inn in Madison, now called Leeds, as well as gristmills and other business ventures. He was also a road and bridge contractor, and a commissioner of the Susquehanna Turnpike.
He was Catskill's Town Supervisor in 1797, 1799, and 1802. He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1798 to 1800 when Catskill was part of Ulster County. He was a delegate from newly formed Greene County to the State constitutional convention in 1801, and represented a Greene County district in the Assembly in 1803.
He resumed his former business pursuits and died in Catskill on February 21, 1827. He was buried at the Old Cemetery in Leeds.
- United States Congress. "Martin G. Schuneman (id: S000149)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 7th congressional district