Pierre Van Cortlandt

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Pierre Van Cortlandt

Pierre Van Cortlandt (* 10. January 1721 in New York City ; † 1. May 1814 ibid) was the first lieutenant governor (Lieutenant Governor) of the State of New York.


Van Cortlandt briefly served with the colonial forces during the American Revolution , despite efforts to assure British officials of his loyalty to Britain .

In 1777 he was the chairman of the Committee of Safety in the New York Provincial Congress . Its primary work was the formation of a political state structure during the war . He presided over the constituent assembly that drafted the first state assembly and was the first lieutenant governor until 1795 with his longtime friend and comrade, Governor George Clinton .


Pierre Van Cortlandt was the son of Philip Van Cortlandt (1683-1748) , the son of Stephanus Van Cortlandt John DePeyster, an ancestor of Abraham and DePeyster, mayor of New York City, and Catherine DePeyster, granddaughter Schuyler DePeyster Arent was . There was also a great-uncle, Jacobus Van Cortlandt , mayor of New York City.

Van Cortlandt was married to a certain Joanna, daughter of Gilbert Livingston . His oldest son, Philip Van Cortlandt , was a general in the Continental Army and Congressman from New York.

The first wife of his second son, Pierre Van Cortlandt, Jr. , was Catherine, daughter of George Clinton, Governor of New York and a general in the Continental Army. A brother of Catherine, George Clinton was also a New York Congressman and son-in-law, Congressman William Floyda . Another sister of Catherine, Maria Clinton, was with Dr. Stephen D. Beekman, a grandson of Pierre Van Cortlandt and Joanna Livingston.


The Cortland County and the cities of Cortland and Cortland in New York are named after him.

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