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Abraham Van Vechten

Abraham Van Vechten
New York State Attorney General
In office
February 2, 1810 – February 1, 1811
Preceded by Matthias B. Hildreth
Succeeded by Matthias B. Hildreth
New York State Attorney General
In office
February 13, 1813 – February 17, 1815
Preceded by Thomas Addis Emmet
Succeeded by Martin Van Buren
Personal details
Born (1762-12-05)December 5, 1762
Catskill, Albany County, New York
Died January 6, 1837(1837-01-06) (aged 74)
Albany, New York
Nationality American
Political party Federalist

Abraham Van Vechten (December 5, 1762 – January 6, 1837) was an American lawyer and a Federalist politician who served twice as New York State Attorney General.


Abraham Van Vechten was born on December 5, 1762 in Catskill, Albany County (now Greene County), New York. He was the son of Teunis Van Vechten (1707–1785) and Judikje Ten Broeck Van Vechten. He was educated at Columbia College, studied law with John Lansing, Jr., and began practice in Johnstown, New York, but soon removed to Albany. In 1784, he married Catharina Schuyler (1766–1820). In 1792, he was elected one of the first directors of the Bank of Albany.

From 1796 to 1797, he was Assistant Attorney General for the Fifth District, comprising Albany, Saratoga, Schoharie and Montgomery Counties. He was a Federalist presidential elector in 1796, and cast his votes for John Adams and Thomas Pinckney.

He was Recorder of the City of Albany from 1797 to 1808; a member of the New York State Senate from 1798 to 1805, and from 1816 to 1819; a member of the New York State Assembly in 1806, and from 1808 to 1813; New York State Attorney General from 1810 to 1811, and from 1813 to 1815; and a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1821. From 1797 to 1823, he was a regent of the University of the State of New York.

Van Vechten was a presidential elector in 1828, voting for John Quincy Adams and Richard Rush.

Van Vechten died in Albany on January 6, 1837, and was buried at Albany Rural Cemetery.


  • Bio from Appleton's Encyclopedia, at Famous Americans (giving wrong death date)
  • Short bio, at NY State Library
  • Newark, New Jersey, on January 10, 1837
  • Bio at NY State Museum
  • Bio at Schenectady History
  • compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858) at Google Books
  • List of NY State Attorneys General, at Office of the Att. Gal. of NY
Legal offices
Preceded by
Matthias B. Hildreth
New York State Attorney General
Succeeded by
Matthias B. Hildreth
Preceded by
Thomas Addis Emmet
New York State Attorney General
Succeeded by
Martin Van Buren

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