American Lawyer and Politician
Founder of Lansingburg
Abraham Lansing is most notable as the founder of Lansingburgh, the first chartered village in Rensselaer County, New York, which was settled around 1763. Lansingburgh was founded in 1807 from part of the “Town of Troy” and the Town of Petersburgh. Its size increased in 1819 with additional land from the Town of Schaghticoke in 1836 with another part of Troy, and again in 1839 with part of the Town of Brunswick.
Abraham Lansing served as City Attorney of Albany, and as Corporation Counsel of Albany, and as a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, where he worked to establish the State Railroad Commission and the Niagara Falls State Park.
Lansing also served as a director of the National Commercial Bank, trustee of the Albany Savings Bank, Park Commissioner of Albany, Governor of the Albany Hospital, trustee of The Albany Academy, the Albany Medical College, the Albany Rural Cemetery, the Dudley Observatory. In 1879, he served as an American delegate to the International Conference (London) for the Codification of the Law of Nations.