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SILVESTER, Peter

1734–1808

Biography

SILVESTER, Peter, (grandfather of Peter Henry Silvester), a Representative from New York; born at Shelter Island, Long Island, N.Y., in 1734; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1763 and practiced in Albany, N.Y.; member of the Albany Common Council in 1772; member of the committee of safety in 1774; served in the First and Second Provincial Congresses in 1775 and 1776; moved to Kinderhook, N.Y., and practiced law; appointed judge of the court of common pleas of Columbia County in 1786; regent of the University of the State of New York 1787-1808; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the First and Second Congresses (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1793); served in the state assembly in 1788; member of the state senate 1796-1800; again served in the state assembly 1803-1806; retired from public life; died in Kinderhook, Columbia County, N.Y., October 15, 1808; interment in Old Van Schaack Cemetery, over which the Reformed Dutch Church was built in 1814.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 16 letters (1785-1793) in the Van Schaack family papers. Finding aid in repository.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: In Silvester family correspondence, 1770-1857. 1 box. Finding aid in repository.

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Washington, DC
Papers: At least 1 item (no date) in the Hull collection of letters relating to the Adams family.
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