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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
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|
Thomas Jefferson Van Alstyne was born on July 25, 1827 in Richmondville, New York. He was the son of Dr. Thomas B. Van Alstyne and Eliza Gile.
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.
He served as mayor of Albany from 1898 to 1900. He won the Democratic primary for reelection but lost the election to James H. Blessing.
Val Alstyne was married three times. He married his first wife, Sarah Clapp (1832–1859), on September 3, 1851. Before her death, they had together:
- 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).
He died in Albany on October 26, 1903. He was interred at Albany Rural Cemetery.
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