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Politicians

"Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you." —Mark Twain


Burt VAN HORN (1823-1896)
George VAN HORN (1850-1904)
Robert Thompson VAN HORN (1824-1916)
Archibald VAN HORNE (c.1758-1817)
Espy VAN HORNE (1795-1829)
Isaac VAN HORNE (1754-1834)

Burt VAN HORN (1823-1896)

A Representative from New York; born in Newfane, Niagara County, New York, October 28, 1823; was raised on a farm; attended the common schools, Yates Academy in Orleans County, Hamilton College (now Colgate University), Hamilton, New York; engaged in agricultural pursuits in Niagara County, and later in the manufacture of cloth; member of the New York State assembly 1858-1860; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1863 -- 31st District); elected to the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1869 -- 29th District); was not a candidate for renomination in 1868; moved to Lockport, New York, in 1867; resumed farming and also engaged in the loaning of money; collector of internal revenue at Rochester, New York, 1877-1882; died in Lockport, New York, April 1, 1896; interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Lockport, New York

    Sources:
  1. Political Graveyard
  2. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
  3. Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) Number 1173140, Gale Research Company. Biographical and Genealogical Master Index. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 2000. Courtesy of Ancestry.com website.
  4. Biographical Annals of the Civil Government of the United States. During its first century; from original and official sources. By Charles Lanman. Washington, D.C.: James Anglim, 1876. Reprint. Detroit: Gale Research, 1976.
  5. Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1971. The Continental Congress (September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788) and the Congress of the United States (from the first through the ninety-first Congress March 4, 1789, to January 3, 1971, inclusive). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1971.
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989. The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788 and the Congress of the United States from the first through the one hundredth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 1989, inclusive. Bicentennial Edition. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989.
  7. Who Was Who in America. A component volume of "Who's Who in American History." Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Revised Edition. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1967.

George VAN HORN (1850-1904)

A Representative from New York; born in Otsego, Otsego County, New York, February 5, 1850; attended the common schools, the Cooperstown Seminary, and the New Berlin Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar in February 1871 and practiced in Cooperstown, New York; elected clerk of Otsego County in 1881 and reelected in 1884; elected supervisor of Otsego, and twice reelected; member of the Democratic county committee; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893 -- 24th District); unsuccessful candidate for re election in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; engaged in banking, and was vice president of the Second National Bank of Cooperstown, New York, until his death there on May 3, 1904; interment in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown, New York

    Sources:
  1. Political Graveyard
  2. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
  3. Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) Number 1173154, Gale Research Company. Biographical and Genealogical Master Index. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 2000. Courtesy of Ancestry.com website.
  4. Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1971. The Continental Congress (September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788) and the Congress of the United States (from the first through the ninety-first Congress March 4, 1789, to January 3, 1971, inclusive). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1971.
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989. The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788 and the Congress of the United States from the first through the one hundredth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 1989, inclusive. Bicentennial Edition. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989.

Robert Thompson VAN HORN (1824-1916)

A Representative from Missouri; born in East Mahoning, Indiana County, Pemmsylvania, May 19, 1824; attended the common schools; apprenticed to a printer; moved to Ohio in 1844 and settled in Pomeroy; studied law; was admitted to the bar about 1850 and commenced practice in Pomeroy, Ohio; moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1855; member of the board of aldermen in 1857; postmaster of Kansas City 1857-1861; established and edited the Kansas City Journal; elected mayor of Kansas City in 1861 and again in 1864; enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War and served as lieutenant colonel of the Twenty-fifth Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry; member of the State senate 1862-1864; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth, Fortieth, and Forty-first Congresses (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1871); was not a candidate for renomination in 1870; chairman of the Republican State central committee 1874-1876; collector of internal revenue for the sixth district of Missouri 1875-1881; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1864, 1868, 1872, 1876, 1880, and 1884; member of the Republican National Committee in 1872 and 1884; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883); successfully contested the election of John C. Tarsney to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from February 27, 1896, to March 3, 1897; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1896; retired from editor ship of the Kansas City Journal in 1897; died on his estate, "Honeywood," at Evanston Station, near Kansas City, Missouri, January 3, 1916; interment in Mount Washington Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.

    Sources:
  1. Political Graveyard
  2. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
  3. Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) Number 1173180, Gale Research Company. Biographical and Genealogical Master Index. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 2000. Courtesy of Ancestry.com website.
  4. Biographical Annals of the Civil Government of the United States. During its first century; from original and official sources. By Charles Lanman. Washington, D.C.: James Anglim, 1876. Reprint. Detroit: Gale Research, 1976.
  5. Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1971. The Continental Congress (September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788) and the Congress of the United States (from the first through the ninety-first Congress March 4, 1789, to January 3, 1971, inclusive). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1971.
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989. The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788 and the Congress of the United States from the first through the one hundredth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 1989, inclusive. Bicentennial Edition. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989.
  7. Dictionary of American Biography. Volumes 1-20. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928-1936.
  8. The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Volume 3. New York: James T. White & Co., 1891. Reprint. Volumes 1-50. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms, 1967-1971.
  9. The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. 10 volumes. Edited by Rossiter Johnson. Boston: The Biographical Society, 1904. Reprint. Detroit: Gale Research, 1968.
  10. Who Was Who in America. A component volume of "Who's Who in American History." Volume 1, 1897-1942. Chicago: A.N. Marquis Co., 1943.
  11. Who Was Who in American Politics. by Dan and Inez Morris. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1974.

Archibald VAN HORNE (c.1758-1817)

Born in Maryland. A Representative from Maryland; appointed adjutant of the Fourteenth Regiment of the Maryland Militia, April 18, 1798; commissioned captain May 26, 1802, served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; member of the State house of delegates 1801-1803 and 1805, and served as Speaker of the Maryland State House of Delegates in 1805 and resigned November 11, 1805; elected as a Republican from Maryland 2nd District to the Tenth and Eleventh Congresses (March 4, 1807-March 3, 1811); chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Eleventh Congress); again a member of the State house of delegates 1814-1816; elected to the State senate in 1816 and served until his death in Prince Georges County, Maryland, in 1817. Burial location unknown.

    Sources:
  1. Political Graveyard
  2. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
  3. Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) Number 1173188, Gale Research Company. Biographical and Genealogical Master Index. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 2000. Courtesy of Ancestry.com website.
  4. Biographical Annals of the Civil Government of the United States. During its first century; from original and official sources. By Charles Lanman. Washington, D.C.: James Anglim, 1876. Reprint. Detroit: Gale Research, 1976.
  5. Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1971. The Continental Congress (September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788) and the Congress of the United States (from the first through the ninety-first Congress March 4, 1789, to January 3, 1971, inclusive). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1971.
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989. The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788 and the Congress of the United States from the first through the one hundredth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 1989, inclusive. Bicentennial Edition. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989.
  7. Who Was Who in America. A component volume of "Who's Who in American History." Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Revised Edition. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1967.

Espy VAN HORNE (1795-1829)

A Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Lycoming County, Pemmsylvania, in 1795 a Democrat; elected to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1829 – 9th District); died in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, August 25, 1829. Burial location unknown.

    Sources:
  1. Political Graveyard
  2. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
  3. Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) Number 1173192, Gale Research Company. Biographical and Genealogical Master Index. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 2000. Courtesy of Ancestry.com website.
  4. Biographical Annals of the Civil Government of the United States. During its first century; from original and official sources. By Charles Lanman. Washington, D.C.: James Anglim, 1876. Reprint. Detroit: Gale Research, 1976.
  5. Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1971. The Continental Congress (September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788) and the Congress of the United States (from the first through the ninety-first Congress March 4, 1789, to January 3, 1971, inclusive). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1971.
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989. The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788 and the Congress of the United States from the first through the one hundredth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 1989, inclusive. Bicentennial Edition. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989.
  7. Who Was Who in America. A component volume of "Who's Who in American History." Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Revised Edition. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1967.

Isaac VAN HORNE (1754-1834)

A Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Tollbury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania., January 13, 1754; apprenticed as a carpenter and cabinet maker; elected ensign of a company of militia in 1775; appointed ensign in the Continental Army by the committee of safety and in January 1776 was assigned to Capt. John Beatty's Company in Col. Samuel McGaw's Regiment; held as a prisoner of war from November 1776 to May 1778 when he was exchanged; served as first lieutenant, captain lieutenant, and captain until the close of the Revolutionary War; justice of the peace for Tollbury Township for several years; coroner of Bucks County four years; member of the Pennsylvania house of representatives in 1796 and 1797; declined to be a candidate for re election; elected as a Republican to the Seventh and Eighth Congresses (March 4, 1801-March 3, 1805); moved to Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, in 1805; receiver of the land office at Zanesville from 1805 to December 1826 when he resigned; died in Zanesville, Ohio, February 2, 1834; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Zanesville, Ohio.

    Sources:
  1. Political Graveyard
  2. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
  3. Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) Number 1173195, Gale Research Company. Biographical and Genealogical Master Index. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 2000. Courtesy of Ancestry.com website.
  4. Biographical Annals of the Civil Government of the United States. During its first century; from original and official sources. By Charles Lanman. Washington, D.C.: James Anglim, 1876. Reprint. Detroit: Gale Research, 1976.
  5. Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1971. The Continental Congress (September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788) and the Congress of the United States (from the first through the ninety-first Congress March 4, 1789, to January 3, 1971, inclusive). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1971.
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989. The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788 and the Congress of the United States from the first through the one hundredth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 1989, inclusive. Bicentennial Edition. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989.
  7. Who Was Who in America. A component volume of "Who's Who in American History." Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Revised Edition. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1967.

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