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Herman Knickerbocker

Born: Jul 27, 1779

Death: Jan 30, 1855

Birthplace: Albany

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Herman Knickerbocker

Date of Birth : Jul 27, 1779
Date of Death : Jan 30, 1855
Birth Place : Albany

Herman Knickerbocker was a United States Representative from New York. Born in Albany, he completed preparatory studies, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1803 and commenced practice in Albany. He moved to Schaghticoke and became known as "the Prince of Schaghticoke" because of his hospitality and liberality. Knickerbocker was elected as a Federalist to the Eleventh Congress, holding office from March 4, 1809 to March 3, 1811. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1810 and served in the New York State Assembly in 1816. He was judge of Rensselaer County. He died in Williamsburg in 1855; his interment was in the Knickerbocker family cemetery, Schaghticoke. Through his friend Washington Irving borrowing his name for a fictional figure, he gave rise to the name Knickerbockers for a kind of trousers.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Judge
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