Thomas Beekman

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Thomas Beekman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd district
In office
March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831
Preceded byJohn G. Stower
Succeeded byEdward C. Reed
Personal details
BornJuly 4, 1790 (1790-07-04)
Kinderhook, New York
DiedFebruary 2, 1870 (1870-02-03) (aged 79)
Kinderhook, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyAnti-Jacksonian
Spouse(s)Lydia Van Schaack Beekman
ParentsJohn T. Beekman
Annatje Pruyn
RelativesJohn P. Beekman (brother)
Professionlawyer, farmer, politician

Thomas Beekman (July 4, 1790 – February 2, 1870)[1] was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.[2]


Thomas Beekman was born in Kinderhook, New York to John J. Beekman and Annatje Pruyn.[3] His elder brother was Dr. John Pruyn Beekman (1788–1861), a member of the New York State Senate from 1845 to 1847.[4]

Beekman studied law and became an attorney and farmer in Smithfield and later Peterboro.[5]


Beekman served in local offices including Town Clerk,[6] and was active in the militia as aide-de-camp to the commander of its 17th Division.[7] Beekman was also active in the Anti-Masonic movement of the 1820s and 1830s.[8]

Elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress Beekman was U. S. Representative for the twenty-second district of New York and served one term, from March 4, 1829 to March 3, 1831.[9] In 1831 he was an unsuccessful Anti-Masonic candidate for the New York State Senate.[10]

Beekman later moved back to Kinderhook, where he farmed, practiced law, was active in several businesses, including the Kinderhook National Bank,[11] and served as Columbia County Excise Commissioner from 1857 to 1859.[12] After his retirement in the 1860s he spent summers in Kinderhook and winters living with his daughter in New York City.


He was married to Lydia Van Schaack.[5]

Beekman died in Kinderhook on February 2, 1870 (age 79 years, 213 days). He is interred at Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA.[13]


  1. ^ New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volumes 20-22, 1889, page 245
  2. ^ "BEEKMAN, Thomas - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  3. ^ Holland Society of New York; New York, New York; Kinderhook, Book 21
  4. ^ Klett, Joseph R. (1996). Genealogies of New Jersey Families: Families A-Z, pre-American notes on old New Netherland families, Vol. I. Genealogical Publishing Com. ISBN 9780806314914. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Thomas Beekman". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  6. ^ Luna M. Hammond Whitney, History of Madison County, State of New York, 1872, page 711
  7. ^ New York Council of Appointment, Military Minutes, 1783-1821, accessed January 15, 2013
  8. ^ Boston Type and Stereotype Foundry, The Proceedings of the Second United States Anti-Masonic Convention, 1832, page 86
  9. ^ Roger Sherman Skinner, The New-York State Register for 1830-1831, 1830, page 54
  10. ^ Henry J. Cookinham, History of Oneida County, New York, Volume 1, Part 1, 1912, page 101
  11. ^ Edward Augustus Collier, A History of Old Kinderhook From Aboriginal Days to the Present Time, 1914, page 301
  12. ^ Franklin Ellis, History of Columbia County, New York, 1878, page 79
  13. ^ Thomas Beekman at Find A Grave, accessed January 15, 2013

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John G. Stower
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd congressional district

March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831
Succeeded by
Edward C. Reed

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