BLEECKER, Harmanus (1779-1849)

BLEECKER, HARMANUS, a Representative from New York; born in Albany, N.Y., October 9, 1779; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1801 and commenced practice in Albany; elected as a Federalist to the Twelfth Congress (March 4, 1811-March 3, 1813); was not a candidate for renomination in 1812; resumed the practice of law in Albany, N.Y.; member of the State assembly in 1814 and 1815; regent of the University of the State of New York 1822-1834; Chargé d'Affaires to the Netherlands May 12, 1837, to June 28, 1842; retired from public life and business pursuits; died in Albany, N.Y., July 19, 1849; interment in the Rural Cemetery.

New York State Library
Albany, NY
Papers: 1801-1885, 2500 items.
This collection contains the papers of Harmanus Bleecker and includes letters to and from him and documents and pamphlets collected by or relating to him. The papers concern Harmanus Bleecker's career as a leading lawyer and citizen in Albany, N.Y., a state congressman and the United States Charge d' Affaires at the Hague. The papers also cover topics such as the Bleecker Family, the firm of Bleecker and Sedgwick, and the management and disposal of Harmanus Bleecker's estate. The collection is organized numerically by item number and is indexed extensively by subject and correspondent. An unpublished index is available in the repository.

Papers: 1801-1885, 87 items.
A collection of letters, most to Harmanus Bleecker, and his business associate Theodore Sedgwick. The letters discuss a wide variety of business, personal and diplomatic affairs. The papers discuss topics such as obtaining credentials for visiting Americans, business contracts, land dealings, personal matters such as travel and health and a number of other topics. Correspondents include Sterling Goodenow, William Jay, Edward G. Ludlow, Josiah Quincy, and Benjamin F. Butler. The collection also includes a copy of Harmanus Bleecker's last will and testament.


Bryn Mawr College
The Adelman Collection
Bryn Mawr, PA
Papers: 1829-1830, 3 items.
Correspondence from Daniel Lord to Harmanus Bleecker written between 1829 and 1830. In the letters, Daniel Lord discusses details of law cases on which they are working.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Jared Sparks Papers, 1776-1865, 17 items.
Correspondents include Harmanus Bleecker.


University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In Correspondence of John Randolph of Roanoke with Harmanus Bleecker, 1812-1825, 46 items.
John Randolph writes regarding both politics and his personal life. Specific topics include military camps in the War of 1812, the Hartford Convention, elections, and the national bank controversy. He mentions Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, John Calhoun, James Madison, James Monroe, and Henry Clay. Also Washington and Virginia social life and personalities, his health, family and plantation affairs including his adopted son, his insane nephew, his dogs, horses, and crops, the burning of Bizarre in 1812, Virginia hospitality and his descent from John Rolfe and Pocahontas.

  • Rice, Harriet Langdon Pruyn. Harmanus Bleecker, an Albany Dutchman, 1779-1849. Albany, N.Y.: [William Boyd Printing Company, Incorporated], 1924.