Van Gaasbeck was a successful merchant. He was a supporter of the George Washington administration (the group later recognized as the Federalist Party), and was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He represented New York in the 3rd United States Congress, March 4, 1793 to March 3, 1795.
In 1794 Van Gaasbeck married Sarah Dumont (or Dumond).
He died in Kingston in 1797 and was buried at the First Dutch Reformed Church in Kingston.
His name is sometimes spelled "Van Gaasbeek."
- United States Congress. "Peter Van Gaasbeck (id: V000039)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Peter Van Gaasbeck at Find a Grave
- The History of Kingston, New York: From Its Early Settlement to the Year 1820, by Marius Schoonmaker
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