Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Representative Peter Silvester

Peter Silvester

Print (ca. 1810-1890) by Max & Albert Rosenthal

Courtesy of the NYPL Digital Gallery, The New York Public Library

Peter Silvester
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Life dates: 1734-15 October 1808
Place of Residence (1789): Kinderhook, New York
Occupation (1789): Lawyer
Place of Birth: Long Island, New York
Age (March 4, 1789): 55
Religion (1789): Episcopalian
College Education: Private Study
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: None
Prior Political Offices: Albany Common Council
First Provincial Congress
State Legislature
Delegate to Federal Convention: No
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: No
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Strong
Last year of continuous service in House: 1793
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