Rudolph Bunner

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Rudolph Bunner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1829
Preceded byNicoll Fosdick
Succeeded byJoseph Hawkins
Personal details
BornAugust 17, 1779 (1779-08-17)
Savannah, New York
DiedJuly 16, 1837 (1837-07-17) (aged 57)
Oswego, New York
Political partyJacksonian
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Matilda Church
Alma materColumbia College

Rudolph Bunner (August 17, 1779 – July 16, 1837) was a U.S. Representative from New York who married the granddaughter of Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler.

Early life[edit]

Rudolph Brunner was born on August 17, 1779 in Savannah, New York to George Bunner and Jane Cuyler. George was a merchant and mariner, and owner of the brig Mars in the West India trade. Bunner graduated from Columbia University in 1798. His paternal grandfather was Captain Teleman Cruger Cuyler and his great-grandparents were Henry Cuyler and Catherine Cruger.[1][2] His maternal uncles included Captain Henry Cuyler, who was killed at the siege of Savannah, Jeremiah La Touche Cuyler (1768–1839), who was the first Federal Judge in Georgia.[2]

His first-cousins included Richard Randolph Cuyler (1796–1865), who was president of the Central Railroad of Georgia and Dr. John M. Cuyler (1810–1884), who was Surgeon and Brevet Brigadier-General, United States Army.[2]


After graduating from Columbia, he studied law and was admitted to the bar. He practiced in Newburgh, New York from 1819 until 1822.[3] In October 1822, Bunner moved to Oswego, New York where he engaged in manufacturing and served as a director of the Oswego Cloth & Carpet Manufacturing Company.

In addition to his legal work, he also was an extensive landowner and served as member of the first board of directors of the Oswego Canal Company.[3]

In 1827, he was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twentieth Congress, serving from March 4, 1827 until March 3, 1829.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bunner married Elizabeth Matilda Church (1783–1867), the daughter of John Barker Church (1748–1818) and Angelica Schuyler (1756–1814). Elizabeth's grandfather was General Philip Schuyler (1733–1804) and her uncle was Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Together, Rudolph and Elizabeth had 6 children.

He died in Oswego, New York, July 16, 1837 and was interred in Riverside Cemetery.

His grandson was Henry Cuyler Bunner (1855–1896), the novelist and poet.



  1. ^ Weeks, Lyman Horace, ed. (1897). Prominent families of New York; being an account in biographical form of individuals and families distinguished as representatives of the social, professional and civic life of New York city. New York: The Historical Company. Retrieved 12 September 2016.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b c Greene, Richard Henry; Morrison, George Austin; Forest, Louis Effingham De (1898). The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. p. 116. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "BUNNER, Rudolph - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 12 September 2016.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nicoll Fosdick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joseph Hawkins

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website