Harmanus Bleecker claim to fame as a Dutch American is his service as a Representative to the Twelfth United States Congress of the State of New York, as a Federalist, from March 4, 1811 to March 3, 1813. He did not run for the Thirteenth Congress. His other claim to fame is his appointment to Charge d'Affaires, now referred to as ambassador, to the Netherlands, a position he filled from May 12, 1837 to June 28, 1842.
Bleecker studied law and was admitted to the bar in New York State in 1801. He practiced law in Albany, New York for much of the remainder of his life. From 1822 to 1834 he also served as a regent of the University of the State of New York.
Harmanus Bleecker was born in Albany, New York on October 9, 1779. The Bleecker family is a Dutch American family name dating back to the early days of New Amsterdam. The name is still quite common in New York City to this day. Harmanus Bleecker passed away in his native city Albany, New York, on July 19, 1849. He was interred in Albany rural Cemetery.
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