signature: on back: "Wm. Collins Portrait Painter / No. 35 State Street Albany N.Y."
The subject, the second son of Pierre (1721-1814) and Joanna (Livingston) Van Cortlandt, was born at Van Cortlandt Manor. After graduating from Queen's College (now Rutgers) in 1783 he studied law with Alexander Hamilton. He was elected to the state assembly in 1792, 1794, and 1795, and he was a U.S. congressman from Westchester County in 1811-12. An officer in the state militia, he served in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
Purchase, The Louis Durr Fund
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