VAN ALEN, James Isaac, (1772 - 1822)


VAN ALEN, James Isaac, (half brother of Martin Van Buren), a Representative from New York; born in Kinderhook, Columbia County, N.Y., December 31, 1772; attended the common schools; town clerk of Kinderhook 1797-1801; lawyer; member, 1801 New York state constitutional convention; justice of the peace, 1801-1804; member, New York state assembly, 1804; surrogate of Columbia County 1804-1808 and 1815-1822; elected as a Democratic Republican to the Tenth Congress (March 4, 1807-March 3, 1809); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Eleventh Congress in 1808; died in Kinderhook, N.Y., on May 18, 1822; interment in Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, N.Y.