Thomas Storm

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Thomas Storm
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Portrait of Storm by Ammi Phillips, c. 1830, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
In office
Preceded bySamuel Osgood
Succeeded byAlexander Sheldon
Personal details
Born(1748-09-08)September 8, 1748
Hopewell, Province of New York, British America
DiedAugust 4, 1833(1833-08-04) (aged 84)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Elizabeth Graham
(m. 1771; her death 1832)
ResidenceStorm House

Thomas Storm (September 8, 1748 – August 4, 1833) was an American Revolutionary war officer and state legislator, rising to Speaker of the New York State Assembly in 1802.

Early life[edit]

Thomas was born in Hopewell, Dutchess County, New York on September 8, 1748. He was the eldest son of Maria (née van Sickels) Storm and Garrit Storm, for whom the hamlet of Stormville in East Fishkill is named. Among his siblings was younger brother was John Storm, who married Susanna Brinckerhoff.[1]


Between 1775 and 1777, he was a Captain in the 2nd Dutchess County Militia, and served in the Battle of White Plains. When the regiment was disbanded in 1777, Thomas was assigned to the 2nd New York Regiment, and served at the Battle of Monmouth, and later at the Battle of Yorktown.[2] He served under Col. Van Rensselaer's Regiment and in Col. Jeremiah Hogeboom's Regiment in 1770.[1]

In 1776 and 1777, he as a member of the Committee of Safety.[1] Thomas became a member of the New York State Assembly, from Dutchess County in 1781 to 1784, and from New York County in 1798 and 1803.[1] He unanimously elected Speaker of the New York State Assembly as a Democratic-Republican in 1802[3] and 1803.[4]

In 1807, Thomas ran for Lieutenant Governor of New York on the ticket with the incumbent Governor Morgan Lewis, but lost to the incumbent Lieutenant Governor John Broome. Storm was also a member of The New York Society Library.[5]

Personal life[edit]

On March 23, 1771, he married Elizabeth Graham (1752–1832), a daughter of the Rev. Chauncey Graham and Elizabeth (née van Wyck) Graham. The wedding took place shortly after the death of his paternal grandfather, who was known as the pioneer Thomas Storm, and his father Garrit gifted the couple a house at the "corner of Madam Brett's Road and the crossroad to the future Stormville," which is today known as the Storm–Adriance–Brinckerhoff House.[1] Together, they were the parents of:[1]

  • Elizabeth Storm (1771–1851), who married James Manning,[1] a relative of James Manning, the first president of Brown University.
  • Gerrit Storm (1774–1776), who died young.[1]
  • John Storm (1776–1794), who died unmarried in St. Domingo.[1]
  • Gerrit Storm (1778–1851),[6] who married Susan Matilda Gouverneur (1779–1835) in 1807.[1] Susan, a daughter of Isaac Gouverneur, was the widow of Saumuel Murgatroyd.[7]
  • Mary Storm (1779–1845), who married Henry J. Bleecker. After his death, she married John King (c. 1777–1819).[1]
  • Thomas Hall Storm (b. 1781), who died unmarried in the interior of South America.[1]
  • Anne Storm (b. 1783), who married Peter Kuhn of Philadelphia,[8] an associate of her brother Thomas.[9] They divorced and she married Jonathan Robinson,[1] a son of U.S. Senator Jonathan Robinson.[10]
  • Hester Storm (b. c. 1785–1832), who married Charles F. Bunner of Philadelphia.[1]
  • Catherine Storm (b. c. 1787), who married Ruggles Hubbard.[1][11][12]
  • Stephen Storm (1788–1862),[6] who married his cousin Jane Maria Graham (1790–1874).[1]

His wife died on July 7, 1832. He died on August 4, 1833 in New York City. He is buried at Trinity Churchyard in New York City.


Through his eldest daughter Elizabeth, he was a grandfather of Catharine Currie Manning (1809–1886), who married Morgan Lewis Livingston, himself the eldest of twelve children born to Maturin Livingston, a former Recorder of New York City.[13]

Through his son Gerrit, he was a grandfather of Louise Matilda Storm (1810–1883),[14] who married Robert James Livingston,[15] also a son of Maturin Livingston, in 1833.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Storm, Raymond William (1949). Old Dirck's Book: A Brief Account of the life and times of Dirck Storm of Holland, his antecedents, and the family he founded in America in 1662. Reproduced by photo-lithography. pp. 154, 161, 220, 351, 354–356. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  2. ^ Year Book of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York. The Sons of the Revolution. 1903. p. 128. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  3. ^ 1802 Speaker election result
  4. ^ 1803 Speaker election result
  5. ^ "Thomas Storm (1749 - 8/4/1833)". The New York Society Library. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  6. ^ a b The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York: History, Customs, Record of Events, Constitution, Certain Genealogies, and Other Matters of Interest. V. 1-. Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York. 1905. p. 153. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  7. ^ Stevenson, John Rudderow (1902). Thomas Stevenson of London, England and his descendants. H. E. Deats. p. 94. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  8. ^ Greene, Richard Henry; Stiles, Henry Reed; Dwight, Melatiah Everett; Morrison, George Austin; Mott, Hopper Striker; Totten, John Reynolds; Pitman, Harold Minot; Forest, Louis Effingham De; Ditmas, Charles Andrew; Mann, Conklin; Maynard, Arthur S. (1918). The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. p. 34. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  9. ^ Jefferson, Thomas (2016). The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 42: 16 November 1803 to 10 March 1804. Princeton University Press. p. 166. ISBN 978-0-691-17046-6. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  10. ^ The Lady's Miscellany, Or, Weekly Visitor, for the Use and Amusement of Both Sexes. M'Carty & White. 1811. p. 381. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  11. ^ Revolution, Daughters of the American (1924). Lineage Book - National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Daughters of the American Revolution. p. 182. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  12. ^ Florida Historical Quarterly. Florida Historical Society. 1979. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  13. ^ a b Reynolds, Cuyler (1914). Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Obituary 3 -- No Title". The New York Times. 1 June 1883. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  15. ^ "OBITUARY | ROBERT J. LIVINGSTON". The New York Times. 23 February 1891. Retrieved 24 April 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel Osgood
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Alexander Sheldon