Thomas J. Van Alstyne
|Mayor of Albany, New York|
1898 – 1899
|Preceded by||John Boyd Thacher|
|Succeeded by||James Henry Blessing|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 16th district
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
|Preceded by||Michael N. Nolan|
|Succeeded by||John H. Ketcham|
Thomas Jefferson Van Alstyne
July 25, 1827
Richmondville, New York
|Died||October 26, 1903 (aged 76)|
Albany, New York
(m. 1851; her death 1859)
(m. 1876; her death 1884)
Laura Louisa Wurdemann
(m. 1886; his death 1903)
|Alma mater||Hamilton College|
Van Alstyne attended the common schools, Moravia (New York) Academy, and Hartwick (New York) Seminary. In 1848 he graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. In 1851, he received his master of arts degree from Hamilton.
He studied law in Albany, New York, was admitted to the bar in 1849 and practiced in Albany. In 1848, he entered the law office of Harris and Van Vorst. In 1853, he was invited to and formed a partnership with Matthew McMahon.
Van Alstyne was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress and served one term, March 4, 1883 to March 3, 1885. In Congress, he was a member of the Committee on Claims and the Committee on Expenditures of the Department of Justice. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress and returned to the practice of law.
- Thomas Butler Van Alstyne (1851–1927), who married Anna Richards.
- Charles Edwin Van Alstyne (1855–1858), who died young.
On October 25, 1876, he married his second wife, Louise Peck (1842–1884), daughter of Samuel S. Peck of Albany. After her death in 1884, he married his third wife, Laura Louisa Wurdemann (1849–1939), a daughter of William Wurdemann and Lydia Vanderbilt and a granddaughter of William Vanderbilt, on February 17, 1886. They were the parents of another son:
- William Thomas Van Alstyne (1887–1965).
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
Michael N. Nolan
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 16th congressional district
John H. Ketcham
|Preceded by |
John Boyd Thacher
| Mayor of Albany, New York |
James Henry Blessing
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