VERPLANCK, Gulian Crommelin (1786-1870)

VERPLANCK, GULIAN CROMMELIN, (son of Daniel Crommelin Verplanck), a Representative from New York; born in New York City August 6, 1786; pursued classical studies, and was graduated from Columbia College (now Columbia University), New York City, in 1801; studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1807; member of the State assembly 1820-1823; professor at General Theological Seminary, New York City, 1821-1824; elected to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses and elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1833); chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Twenty-second Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1832; unsuccessful Whig candidate for mayor of New York City in 1834; member of the State senate 1838-1841; governor of the city hospital 1823-1865; regent of the State university 1826-1870 and vice chancellor 1858-1870; president of the board of commissioners of immigration 1846-1870; member of the State constitutional convention in 1867 and 1868; died in New York City on March 18, 1870; interment in Trinity Churchyard, Fishkill, Dutchess County, N.Y.

The New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: ca. 1805-1857, 10 linear feet.
The Verplanck Papers reflect the interests and activities of Gulian Vrommelin Verplanck between 1805 and 1857. Topics addressed in the voluminous correspondence received include national finances; educational institutions; tariffs; national and New York State politics; commerce and manufacturing; activities of the Regents of the State University of New York and the Board of Commissioners of Emigration; the General Theological Seminary and the Protestant Episcopal Church of New York; literary and cultural societies; law and legal practice; and property in Delaware and Dutchess Counties. Verplanck's correspondents number in the hundreds. Additional correspondence, financial and legal records, speeches and writings document activities of the Verplanck and Crommelin families, particularly Daniel C. and Samuel Verplanck.

Boston Athenaeum
Boston, MA
Papers: 1818, 3 pages.
A letter from William Hickling Prescott to Gulian Verplanck written on December 3, 1818. In the letter, Prescott thanks Verplanck for sending him apples, mentions that he will not go West since he has just returned from Europe, refers to painter Washington Allston's financial reversals, and says that the North American review is to be published quarterly.

Papers: In the John Frazee Letters Received, 1834-1838, 21 items.
Other authors include Gulian Verplanck.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 6 letters.

Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY
Papers: May 29, 1865. 1 letter.
Finding aid in repository.

Campbell University
Buies Creek, NC
Papers: 1826-1838, 4 items.
Outgoing letters from Gulian Verplanck concerning: recommendations for appointments (Samuel Southard, Enos Throop); a response to a speaking invitation (George Van Ness Lothrop); and a pamphlet sent to James Madison about the language of the Constitution.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: February 19, 1833; May 12, 1857. 2 letters.
Finding aid in repository.

Papers: 1 official letter (February 22, 1830) and 1 autograph in the Columbiana collection.
Finding aid in repository.

Papers: 1 letter (March 20, 1849) in the Fish family collection.
Finding aid in repository.

Papers: 1 letter (July 7, 1810) in the Payne collection.
Finding aid in repository.

Folger Shakespeare Library
Washington, DC
Papers: 1822-1854, 3 items.
Letters from Gulian Verplanck to various correspondents: Dr. [John] Griscom, the Rev. Dr. [W.B.] Sprague and [a college president?]. The letter to Dr. Sprague gives his impressions of Dr. [John] Bowden.

Papers: In the Ralph Waldo Emerson Letters, 1845-1874, 12 items.
Correspondents include Gulian Verplanck.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1728-1750, 2 items.
Two indentures of Gulian Verplanck. The first is between Verplanck and Henry Beekman (1728 August 15). The second indenture is between Verplanck John Montross documenting land transactions in Dutchess County, N.Y.

The Morgan Library and Museum
New York, NY
Papers: N.d., 1 item.
A letter from Gulian Verplanck to T.N. Livinston.

Papers: 1820, 1 item.
A letter from Gulian Verplanck to Henry Wheaton written on February 10, 1820. In the letter, Verplanck writes concerning Rodman's wish to be American Consul in London;, as well as New York state politics.

New York Public Library
Manuscripts and Archives Division
New York, NY
Papers: In the William Cullen Bryant Papers, 1831-1871, 7 items.
Correspondents include Gulian Verplanck.

Papers: In the Washington Irving Papers, ca. 1759-1898, 15 linear feet.
Other authors include Gulian Verplanck.

Papers: In the Samuel B. Ruggles Papers, 1801-1881, 1 linear foot.
Other authors include Gulian Verplanck.

New York State Archives
Albany, NY
Papers: In the Verplanck Family Papers, 1689-1912, 0.7 cubic foot.
Persons represented include Gulian Verplanck.

Rosenbach Museum and Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: ca. 1820-1857, amount unknown.
Various collections contain correspondences with Gulian Verplanck. Persons represented include: Robert Gilmor, James Hamilton, Edward Livingston, Gales & Seaton, Louis Barbe Charles Sérurier, Benjamin Silliman, Nicholas Biddle, Edward Everett, and Edward Everett.

Syracuse University Library
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse, NY
Papers: 1826-1838, 4 items.
The papers consists of four outgoing letters written between 1826 and 1838. Two of the letters concern recommendations for appointments (Samuel Lewis Southard, Enos T. Throop), and one (to George Van Ness Lothrop) is in answer to an invitation to speak before the Society of United Brothers. The fourth letter, to James Madison, concerns a pamphlet which contains a discussion of the language of the Constitution.

University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1825-1831, 3 items.
The collection includes a letter of introduction for Mr. Dunlap, who is en route to Washington where his paintings are being exhibited, dated January 16, 1825; a letter to Silas Wright, dated November 26, 1831, which accompanied a tax payment for lands owned by D.C. Verplanck, heir of Samuel Verplanck; and an undated letter requesting the correspondent to meet an unidentified individual.

  • Daly, Charles Patrick. Gulian C. Verplanck; his ancestry, life, and character. New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1870.
  • July, Robert William. Essential New Yorker, Gulian Crommelin Verplanck. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1951.
  • A letter to Gulian C. Verplanck, on the reform of the judicial system of this state. New-York: University Press, J. F. Trow, printer, 1840.
  • Spann, Edward K. "Bryant and Verplanck, the Yankee and the Yorker, 1821-1870." New York History 49 (January 1968): 11-28.
  • Verplanck, Gulian C[rommelin]. An address delivered before the Philolexian and Peithologian Societies, August 2, 1830; on the evening preceding the annual commencement of Columbia College. New-York: G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1830.
  • ------. The advantages and the dangers of the American scholar. New-York: Wiley and Long, 1836.
  • ------. An anniversary discourse, delivered before the New-York Historical Society, December 7, 1818. New-York: Published by James Eastburn & Co., 1818. Reprint, New-York: White & Bliss, 1821.
  • ------. An essay on the doctrine of contracts; being an inquiry how contracts are affected in law and morals, by concealment, error, or inadequate price. New-York: G. & C. Carvill, [1825].
  • ------. Essays on the nature and uses of the various evidences of revealed religion. New-York: C. Wiley, 1824.
  • ------. A lecture, introductory of the course of scientific lectures before the Mechanics' Institute of the City of New York. New York: Press of G. P. Scott & Co., 1833.
  • ------. An oration delivered July 4th, 1809, in the North Dutch Church, before the Washington Benevolent Society of the City of New-York. New-York: Printed for E. Sargeant, opposite Trinity Church. By D. & G. Bruce, 1809.