Person:Pierre Van Cortlandt (1)

Pierre Van Cortlandt
b.10 Jan 1721
d.1 May 1814
  1. Pierre Van Cortlandt1721 - 1814
m. Bef 1749
  1. Col. Philip Van Cortlandt1749 - 1831
  2. Pierre Van Cortlandt, Jr.1762 - 1848
  3. Ann Van Cortlandt1766 - 1855
Facts and Events
Name Pierre Van Cortlandt
Gender Male
Birth[1] 10 Jan 1721
Marriage Bef 1749 to Joanna Livingston
Death[1] 1 May 1814
Reference Number? Q2093967?

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Pierre Van Cortlandt (January 10, 1721 – May 1, 1814) was an American politician who served as the first Lieutenant Governor of New York.

He was first elected to the New York Assembly in March 1768 and served in that body as the representative from Van Cortlandt Manor until 1775. Subsequently, he was a member of the Second Provincial Congress, 1775-1776, and Chairman of its Committee of Safety, 1776. He sat for Westchester County at all four of the Provincial Congresses and was chosen to preside over the last three; was Vice President of the Fourth Provincial Congress, 1776; of the Constitutional Convention of the State of New York, 1776-1777; of the First Council of Safety, 1777, of which he was the President; a Senator from the Southern District, 1777; President of the New York State Constitutional Convention, 1777; and Lieutenant Governor of the State, 1777-1795. On July 9, 1776, he was among thirty-eight delegates to ratify the Declaration of Independence at White Plains.

As a Colonel, and later General, be commanded the Third Westchester Militia Regiment and later was advanced to be a General. Gen. George Washington ever referred to Pierre Van Cortlandt as his most trusted friend and ally. With NY Gov. George Clinton away from the state in active military service, Lt. Gov. Van Cortlandt had full charge of the revolutionary government of the state and directed its entire war effort. On November 25, 1783 this earnest patriot accompanied General Washington on his triumphant ride into New York City. He was made an original honorary member of the New York State Society of the Cincinnati on July 6, 1784. In 1787 he was elected President of the State Convention meeting in Poughkeepsie to ratify the Constitution of the United States.

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