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Gulian Crommelin Verplanck

Gulian Crommelin Verplanck (August 6, 1786 – March 18, 1870) was a New York politician and sometime man of letters.



Verplanck was born in New York City, son of U. S. Representative Daniel Crommelin Verplanck. He graduated in 1801 from Columbia College (now Columbia University) with a degree in classics, then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1807.

Verplanck served as member of the New York state assembly 1820-1823, then professor at General Theological Seminary in New York City from 1821-1824, and was elected to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses and then re-elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1833). In the Twenty-second Congress he served as chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means. In 1834 he ran as an unsuccessful Whig candidate for mayor of New York City. He then served as a member of the state senate 1838-1841; governor of the city hospital 1823-1865; regent of the state university 1826-1870 and its vice chancellor 1858-1870; president of the board of commissioners of immigration 1846-1870; and member of the New York constitutional convention in 1867 and 1868.

In his literary life, Verplanck was a contributor to the North American Review, perhaps best known for his denunciation of Knickerbocker's History of New York (by Washington Irving) and his verse satires against Dewitt Clinton generally known as The Bucktail Bards. His writing has put him as a member of the so-called "Knickerbocker group", a group which also included Irving, William Cullen Bryant, James Kirke Paulding, Fitz-Greene Halleck, Joseph Rodman Drake, Robert Charles Sands, Lydia Maria Child, and Nathaniel Parker Willis.[1]

Verplanck died in New York City on March 18, 1870, and was buried in Trinity Churchyard, Fishkill, New York.


  1. ^ Nelson, Randy F. The Almanac of American Letters. Los Altos, California: William Kaufmann, Inc., 1981: 30. ISBN 086576008X


See also

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York

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Succeeded by


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