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33rd New York State Legislature

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33rd New York State Legislature
32nd 34th
Old Albany City Hall.png
The Old Albany City Hall (undated)
JurisdictionNew York, United States
TermJuly 1, 1809 – June 30, 1810
PresidentLt. Gov. John Broome (Dem.-Rep.)
Party controlDemocratic-Republican (25-7)
SpeakerWilliam North (Fed.)
Party controlFederalist (60-47)
1stJanuary 30 – April 6, 1810

The 33rd New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 30 to April 6, 1810, during the third year of Daniel D. Tompkins's governorship, in Albany.

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Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1777, amended by the Constitutional Convention of 1801, 32 Senators were elected on general tickets in the four senatorial districts for four-year terms. They were divided into four classes, and every year eight Senate seats came up for election. Assemblymen were elected countywide on general tickets to a one-year term, the whole Assembly being renewed annually.

In 1797, Albany was declared the State capital, and all subsequent Legislatures have been meeting there ever since. In 1799, the Legislature enacted that future Legislatures meet on the last Tuesday of January of each year unless called earlier by the governor.

In 1808, Cortland County was split from Onondaga County, and in 1809 was apportioned 1 seat in the Assembly, taken from Onondaga. In 1809, Schenectady County was split from Albany County, and was apportioned 2 seats in the Assembly, taken from Albany. Also in 1809, Sullivan County was split from Ulster County, but both remained in a joint Assembly district.

At this time the politicians were divided into two opposing political parties: the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans.[1]

At this time the major political controversy was the Embargo Act of 1807 which was supported by the Democratic-Republicans, but opposed by the Federalists. The Embargo was very unpopular and led to a revival of the Federalist Party which had been reduced to a small minority (without any member in the Senate from 1806 to 1808), but at the State election in April 1809 already won a majority of the Assembly seats.


The State election was held from April 25 to 27, 1809. Israel Carll (Southern D.), Johannes Bruyn, Samuel Haight (both Middle D.), Daniel Paris, John Stearns, (both Eastern D.), Amos Hall, Seth Phelps and Jonas Platt (all three Western D.) were elected to the Senate. Carll, Bruyn and Haight were Democratic-Republicans, the other five were Federalists.


The Legislature met at the Old City Hall in Albany on January 30, 1810; and adjourned on April 6.

William North (Fed.) was elected Speaker with 59 votes against 45 for William Livingston (Dem.-Rep.). James Van Ingen (Fed.) was elected Clerk of the Assembly with 59 votes against 47 for the incumbent Daniel Rodman (Dem.-Rep.). The incumbent Thomas D. Donnelly (Dem.-Rep.) was re-elected Sergeant-at-Arms of the Assembly with 55 votes against 49 for Jacob C. Cuyler (Fed.).

On February 8, the Legislature elected Abraham G. Lansing (Fed.) to succeed David Thomas (Dem.-Rep.) as New York State Treasurer.

On March 13, 1810, State Senator Jonas Platt presented his project for a bipartisan Canal Commission to the State Legislature, and two days later the Legislature appointed Gouverneur Morris, Assemblyman Stephen Van Rensselaer, Speaker William North, Thomas Eddy (all four Fed.), State Senator DeWitt Clinton, Surveyor General Simeon DeWitt and Congressman Peter B. Porter (all three Dem.-Rep.) a "Commission to Explore a Route for a Canal to Lake Erie, and Report".

State Senate


Note: There are now 62 counties in the State of New York. The counties which are not mentioned in this list had not yet been established, or sufficiently organized, the area being included in one or more of the abovementioned counties.


The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature.

District Senators Term left Party Notes
Southern Jonathan Ward* 1 year Dem.-Rep.
DeWitt Clinton* 2 years Dem.-Rep. until February 2, 1810, also Mayor of New York City;
on March 15, 1810, appointed to the Erie Canal Commission
Benjamin Coe* 3 years Dem.-Rep.
William W. Gilbert* 3 years Dem.-Rep.
Israel Carll 4 years Dem.-Rep. elected to the Council of Appointment
Middle Elisha Barlow* 1 year Dem.-Rep.
James Burt* 1 year Dem.-Rep.
Joshua H. Brett* 2 years Dem.-Rep.
Robert Williams* 2 years Federalist[2] elected to the Council of Appointment
Edward P. Livingston* 3 years Dem.-Rep.
Johannes Bruyn 4 years Dem.-Rep.
Samuel Haight 4 years Dem.-Rep.
Eastern Jacob Snell* 1 years Dem.-Rep.
Isaac Kellogg* 2 years Dem.-Rep.
John McLean* 2 years Dem.-Rep.
Charles Selden* 2 years Dem.-Rep.
John Tayler* 2 years Dem.-Rep.
David Hopkins* 3 years Federalist
Daniel Paris 4 years Federalist elected to the Council of Appointment
John Stearns 4 years Federalist
Western John Ballard* 1 year Dem.-Rep.
Salmon Buell* 1 year Dem.-Rep.
Jacob Gebhard* 1 year Dem.-Rep.
Nathan Smith*[3] 1 year Dem.-Rep.
Alexander Rea* 2 years Dem.-Rep.
Francis A. Bloodgood* 3 years Dem.-Rep.
Walter Martin* 3 years Dem.-Rep.
Luther Rich* 3 years Dem.-Rep.
Sylvanus Smalley* 3 years Dem.-Rep.
Amos Hall 4 years Federalist elected to the Council of Appointment
Seth Phelps 4 years Federalist
Jonas Platt 4 years Federalist


  • Clerk: Sebastian Visscher

State Assembly


Note: There are now 62 counties in the State of New York. The counties which are not mentioned in this list had not yet been established, or sufficiently organized, the area being included in one or more of the abovementioned counties.


The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued as members of this Legislature. Nathaniel Locke changed from the Senate to the Assembly.

District Assemblymen Party Notes
Albany John Colvin[4] Federalist
Abel French Federalist
Stephen Van Rensselaer* Federalist on March 15, 1810, appointed to the Erie Canal Commission
Abraham Van Vechten* Federalist from February 2, 1810, also New York Attorney General
and Steuben
John Knox Federalist
Broome James Pumpelly Federalist
Cayuga Henry Bloom* Dem.-Rep.
Stephen Close Dem.-Rep.
Charles Kellogg* Dem.-Rep.
Chenango Nathaniel Locke* Dem.-Rep.
John Noyes Dem.-Rep.
Ebenezer Wakley* Dem.-Rep.
Clinton and
Gates Hoit Federalist
Columbia Thomas P. Grosvenor Federalist from February 1810, also District Attorney of the 3rd District
Henry W. Livingston Fed./Dem.-Rep. Livingston was a Federalist, but ran on both tickets
William Lusk Federalist
Anson Pratt Federalist
Cortland Ephraim Fish
Delaware John T. More Dem.-Rep.
Elias Osborn Dem.-Rep.
Dutchess David Brooks Federalist from February 9, 1810, also Dutchess County Clerk
Lemuel Clift Federalist
Koert Dubois Federalist
Ebenezer Haight* Federalist
Alexander Neely Federalist
Isaac Van Wyck Federalist
Essex Benjamin Pond* Dem.-Rep. in April 1810, elected to the 12th United States Congress
Genesee Chauncey Loomis Dem.-Rep.
Greene Benjamin Chapman
Ira Day Federalist
Herkimer Christopher P. Bellinger Dem.-Rep.
Rudolph Devendorff Federalist
Thomas Manly Federalist
Jefferson Ethel Bronson Federalist
Moss Kent Federalist
Kings Jeremiah Johnson*[5] Federalist
Lewis Lewis Graves
Madison John W. Bulkley* Federalist
Amos B. Fuller Federalist
Daniel Van Horne Federalist
Montgomery James Allen Federalist
Daniel Cady* Federalist
John Greene* Federalist
Richard Van Horne*[6] Federalist
David J. Zeilly Federalist
New York John P. Anthony*
Abraham E. Brouwer
Thomas Farmar*
Adrian Hegeman
Samuel L. Mitchill Dem.-Rep. in April 1810, elected to the 11th United States Congress
Caleb Pell*
Ichabod Prall
Samuel Tooker Dem.-Rep.
Solomon Townsend*
Beekman M. Van Buren*
Augustus Wright Dem.-Rep.
Niagara Archibald S. Clarke* Dem.-Rep. also Surrogate of Niagara County
Oneida Levi Carpenter Jr.
Samuel Chandler
John Humaston
David Ostrom* Federalist
John Storrs* Federalist
Onondaga Jacobus Dupuy* Dem.-Rep.
Barnet Mooney* Dem.-Rep.
Ontario Valentine Brother Federalist
Israel Chapin
David Dorsey
William Markham
Gideon Pitts
Orange James Finch Jr. Dem.-Rep.
Joseph Morrell Dem.-Rep.
John Nicholson Dem.-Rep.
Selah Strong Dem.-Rep.
Otsego Joseph Bowne
Erastus Crafts
Abel DeForest
Benjamin Gilbert
Queens Stephen Carman* Federalist
David Kissam* Federalist
William Townsend* Federalist
Rensselaer Timothy Leonard Federalist
Henry Platt* Federalist
Cornelius I. Schermerhorn* Federalist
Jeremiah Schuyler Federalist
Richmond Richard Connor Federalist
Rockland Peter S. Van Orden Dem.-Rep.
St. Lawrence Roswell Hopkins Federalist
Saratoga Joel Lee
Samuel Lewis Dem.-Rep.
Daniel L. Van Antwerp* Dem.-Rep.
Calvin Wheeler
Schenectady Henry Glen Federalist
William North Federalist elected Speaker;
on March 15, 1810, appointed to the Erie Canal Commission
Schoharie John Ingold Jr.* Federalist
John Rice* Federalist
Seneca Oliver C. Comstock Dem.-Rep.
Suffolk Abraham Rose* Dem.-Rep.
John Rose Dem.-Rep.
Tredwell Scudder Dem.-Rep.
and Ulster
Benjamin Bevier Dem.-Rep.
John Conklin Dem.-Rep.
Abraham Hardenbergh Dem.-Rep.
Abraham J. Hasbrouck Dem.-Rep.
Tioga Emanuel Coryell* Federalist
Washington Kitchel Bishop* Dem.-Rep.
John Gale Dem.-Rep.
Jason Kellogg Dem.-Rep.
William Livingston Dem.-Rep.
Roger Skinner* Dem.-Rep.
Westchester William Barker* Federalist
Abraham Odell* Federalist
Samuel Youngs* Federalist


  • Clerk: James Van Ingen
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Thomas Donnelly
  • Doorkeeper: Benjamin Whipple


  1. ^ The Anti-Federalists called themselves "Republicans." However, at the same time, the Federalists called them "Democrats" which was meant to be pejorative. After some time both terms got more and more confused, and sometimes used together as "Democratic Republicans" which later historians have adopted (with a hyphen) to describe the party from the beginning, to avoid confusion with both the later established and still existing Democratic and Republican parties.
  2. ^ Williams had been elected as a Democratic-Republican in 1807, but combined with the Federalists at this session: He was elected to the Council of Appointment by the Federalist majority, and then joined the other two Federalist councillors to outvote Carll and Gov. Tompkins. Since there were no Federalists from the Southern and the Middle districts, the Federalist Assembly majority had to choose 2 Democratic-Republicans who with Gov. Tompkins would have retained a majority in the Council. With Williams's help the Federalists proceeded to remove most of the Dem.-Rep. office-holders, and Williams's son-in-law Thomas J. Oakley was appointed Surrogate Dutchess Co. to succeed James Tallmadge, Jr.
  3. ^ Nathan Smith (ca. 1769-1836), of Fairfield, First Judge of the Herkimer County Court 1814-1821; see bio in A History of Herkimer County by Nathaniel S. Benton (pages 357ff)
  4. ^ John Colvin (1752 Scotland - 1814 Coeymans), great-grandfather of Verplanck Colvin, see bio in Schenectady History
  5. ^ Jeremiah Johnson (1766-1852), brother of Jeromus Johnson
  6. ^ Richard Van Horne (b. ca. 1770, d. March 12, 1823 Danube)


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