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VANDERPOEL, Aaron, congressman, born in Kinderhook, New York, 5 February, 1799; died in New York city, 1S July, 1871. He was carefully educated, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1820, and began practice in his native town. He was in the assembly in 1826-'30, and in congress in 1833-'7 and 1839-'41, having been chosen as a Democrat. He then retired from political life, settled in New York city, and was a judge of the superior court in 1842-'50. During his congressional ser-. vice he acquired the soubriquet of the "Kinderhook roarer," on account of the power of his voice and his oratorial flights.--His nephew, Aaron J, lawyer, born in Kinderhook, New York, 18 August, 1825; died in Paris, France, 23 August, 1887, was the son of Dr John Vanderpoel, a successful physician, and the personal and political friend of Martin Van Buren Aaron was graduated at the University of New York in 1842, studied law under William Curtis Noyes, settling in Kinderhook, and subsequently in New York city. He formed a partnership withA. Oakey Hall and Augustus L. Brown in 1853, under the name of Brown, Hall, and Vanderpoel, The firm had a large practice, especially as counsel for the city in many municipal affairs. In 1873, by the withdrawal of Mr. Hall, the firm was reorganized as Vanderpoel, Green, and Coming. Mr Vanderpoel was in constant practice before the courts for more than thirty years, and perhaps appeared in more eases than any other lawyer at the New York bar. He was an authority on corporation law, for many years was sheriff's counsel, counsel for the police commissioners, and engaged in many important railroad suits. He declined a nomination to the bench of the court of appeals in 1885. In 1880 the University of New York gave him the degree of LL. D. At the time of his death he was president of the Manhattan club.
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