PETER J. CLAASSEN DEAD He Was Identified With the Failure of the Sixth National Bank. NEW YORK, Dec. 31.--A notice of the death of General Peter J. Claassen, on December 29, in Brooklyn, published to- day, is the first that has been printed about him since August 14, 1893, when he was pardoned from State Prison, where he had been confined more than a year for his connection with the swindles which brought about the failure of the Sixth National Bank in 1891. Gen- eral Claassen died of Bright's disease, after an illness of several month's. He was a distinguished as a soldier and a financier.
GEN. CLAASSEN'S FUNERAL. The Former Soldier and Banker Will Be Buried Today. The funeral of Gen. Peter J. Claassen, who died at his home last Tuesday, will take place from his residence this after- noon. Only his intimate friends will be present. The Rev. Dr. F. B. McLeod, pas- tor of the Clinton Avenue Congregational Church, Brooklyn, will officiate. The body will be buried in Greenwood. Gen. Claassen had an interesting career. He had dropped out of public notice since he was pardoned in August, 1893, and came from State prison, where he had been con- fined for more than a year for his con- nection with the swindles which brought about the failure of the Sixth National Bank in 1891. Before his downfall, he had had a distinguished career as a soldier and a financier. He was born in Arnheim, Holland, in 1831, and in his early manhood was gradu- ated with high honors from the the University at Heidelberg. He came to this country and started in business as a banker. He pros- pered greatly, but in 1861, when the war began, he closed up his business and after organizing the Ninth New York Volunteers went to the front as colonel of that regi- ment. Later in the war he organized the One Hundred and Thirty-second Regiment and at the close was brevetted a brigadier general. After his return to New York he reopened his banking office. He was so successful that he was made a director of the Sixth National Bank when that institution was organized. In 1890 the bank failed and in connection with others the general was charged with the misappropriation of funds. Indictments and arrests followed. After a long trial, Gen. Claassen was sen- tenced to six years in prison. He was par- doned by President Cleveland on account of his failing health. For the past three years Gen. Claassen, a mere shadow of his former self, lived qui- etly with his wife and daughter in Brook- lyn.