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BY JONATHAN TENNEY, A. M.
Crocker & Co., Publishers.
AEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY.
ALBANY AS BEAVERVVYCK AND RENSSELAER-
Albany is one of the oldest settled towns in the United
States. St. Augustine settled in 1565; Jamestown in 1607;
New York in 161 2 ; and Plymouth in 1620, are older.
When Hudson in 1609 passed up the river which bears his
name, he may have passed the territory now called Albany ;
but he made no settlement. Shortly after, Adrian Block and
some other Dutch adventurers followed in the track of Hud-
son, and discovered how readily and profitably the trade in
furs could be carried on with the Indians along the coasts
and up the rivers. In 1614, the United New Netherlands
Company, under grant from the States General of Holland,
established a trading house and fortified it with guns and
twelve men in Castle Island, four miles below the present site
of Albany. They named their fort Nassau. The spring
floods and ice injuring their works, they afterwards removed
them to higher ground near by. For four years they pursued
a lucrative trade with the natives, purchasing their furs for
trinkets and finding a ready market. At the end of this time
their Charter having expired, the States declined, for some
reason now unknown, to renew it. But a Charter with al-
most unlimited powers as to jurisdiction, colonization,
erecting forts, and trade, was given to a company of wealthy
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Dutch merchants, called the West India Company, in June
1 62 1. This Company erected a fort on the present site of
Albany in 1623, and named it Fort Orange. Thus was com-
menced the settlement of Beaverwyck, now Albany. The
fort was manned, and a few Dutch traders huddled in their
shanties close around it, for the purpose of carrying on the fur
trade with the Indians.
On account of the slow growth of the colony of New
Netherlands, the States were induced, in 1629, to pass an
ordinance, granting to any member of the Company, the
right of selecting any tract of land, outside of the island of
Manhattan, sixteen miles on one side, or eight miles on either
side, of any navigable stream, and extending as far inland as
the patroon, as the proprietor was called, should choose.
The chief conditions imposed were the establishment of a
colony of at least fifty persons over fifteen years of age, on
said tract, within four years, the payment of five per cent, on
all trade except that of furs, which the States reserved to
itself. The patroon and settlers were precluded from any
voice in the government of the colony, and from any manu-
facture of cloth ; but this feudal lord, as he might be called,
had full power over the lands of his tenants. All necessary
local officers were appointed by him, and unrestricted privi-
leges of hunting, fowling, and fishing given him.
Under these grants, Kilian Van Rensselaer, a director of
the Company, a pearl and diamond merchant, secured, with
additional purchases made through his agents, land twenty-
four miles each side the Hudson, and forty-eight miles inland,
constituting Rensselaerwyck, and including what is now
Albany county, most of Rensselaer county, and a part of the
county of Columbia. The first colony came over in 1630 and
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settled near Fort Orange, This fort, with its limited sur-
roundings was not under the patroon.
Manhattan, now New York, was the residence of the colo-
nial governor. This with Beaverwyck and Rensselaerwyck,
was all that constituted the province of New Netherlands at
The cruel wars with the Indians at Manhattan stirred up
and kept up by the testy Kieft, did not disturb the settlers
about Fort Orange. They had been cordially welcomed by
the Iroquois, with whom, in solemn council, they early made
a firm and lasting treaty. The Dutchman came neither
for agriculture, nor for conquest of territory, but for furs and
peltry. It was his policy to keep peace and make gain.
The five nations, including the Mohaw^ks, Oneidas, Onon-
dagas, Cayugas and Senecas, called collectively the Iroquois,
possessed nearly all of the present state of New York, west
of the Hudson, except a portion near the island of Manhattan.
This was occupied by another tribe. When the Dutch
arrived here, the Iroquois were at war with the Algonquins,
or Canada Indians, who had formed an alliance with the
French. Right glad w^ere they to ally themselves with
another European nation that knew how to use the terrible
enginery of powder and guns. So, with this notion of self-
protection, united with their natural love for trinkets and
strong drink, it was easy to keep them on terms of peace and
submission. The treaty was mutually advantageous for long
years. It brought peace to the Indians and plenty to the
People of all nations were admitted to this settlement, pro-
vided they had license from the provincial governor at New
York and conformed to the regulations of the Company and
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the patroon. And yet Beaverwyck contained only ten houses
in 1646. A few small farms had been taken up near by ; a
brewery had been erected by the patroon in 1637 ; some few
small mills for sawing and grinding for immediate use were
carried by the wind, by horses, or by the waters of the creeks.
Still, fur trading was the great business, which no local diffi-
culty, no alarms of war elsewhere disturbed. The annual trade
at this time has been estimated at about 16,000 beavers.
The settlers had little care for learning or religion, only
for the liberty of trade. The Reformed Dutch Church
was established by law, and an oath to support the govern-
ment of Holland was required. The first clergyman that
appeared in Beaverwyck, came in 1642, and a schoolmaster
at the same time. A small church was soon erected ; nine
benches seated the audience. But we have no record of the
labors or influence of those public teachers. They were sent,
not called for.
The fruits of the earth were abundant and cheaply pro-
cured, so that agriculture received but little attention. The
Indians brought corn and beans cultivated by the squaws.
While the province was under the administration of the
honest-hearted but head-strong Peter Stuyvesant, from 1646
to 1664, there was much contention of words between the
governor and the officers of the patroon as to certain privi-
leges and jurisdiction. These led even to violence and im-
prisonments. There was, also, besides the Indian hostilities,
some strife between the colonists in Connecticut and the
Provincial government at Manhattan. Yet, matters as to the
fur trade at Beaverwvck were but little disturbed.
NEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY. . 7
ALBANY AFTER THE ENGLISH CONQUEST.
The Province of New Netherlands was easily wrested from
the hands of the Dutch under Stuyvesant in 1664, by the
English, who had always claimed it as their territory. Man-
hattan became New York and Beaverwyck became Albany.
These lands had been granted by Charles II to his brother
the Duke of York and Albany, afterwards James II. He
made his claim good without bloodshed. For a little over a
hundred years, until the Revolution of 1776, it remained
under the English rule, with the exception of a few months
While changes were made in governors and in some of the
forms of goverment, it was many years before those changes
disturbed essentially the settlement at Albany. The govern-
ors were usually of short reign ; some popular, and some
unpopular. But they were generally so engaged in wars with
French and Indians, and in petty schemes of their own. or of
the English crown, that there was little interference with the
trading and pursuits of this northern town. Albany became
a city in 1686. In 1698, it had a population of only 803,
among which there were only five English f^imilies and one
Scotch family. The rest were still Dutch. The English re-
([uired them to pay their taxes and obey the government.
This they did. They were secure in all the possessions they
owned, and in their religious and family relations. They had
as little as possible to do with politics or war. With great
sagacity they managed to keep the Indians on terms of friend-
ship, and to command all their trade. This trade was as ex-
tensive as the hunting grounds of the five nations, then
covering nearly all of the present state of New York.
8 NEW EXGLANJJ IX ALl'.ANV.
In course of time, especiall}- through the influence of the
patroon, agriculture increased, and there was a surplus of
wheat and peas. Timber was prepared for the market. A
few of the settlers made a profitable trade with Xew York
City in these commodities ; but Albany was not a great
agricultural region. The fur trade with the Indians was the
great business just as long as furs could be collected. They
could be bought cheap and yielded a large profit. Agriculture
and manufactures, education and religion, the wars of the
nations, and the affairs of courts were of little interest to these
NEW NETHERLANDS AND NEW ENGLAND.
The Puritans of New England and the Dutch of New
Netherlands had met before they met in the wilds of North
America. Not satisfied with the ritualism of the Church of
England, a band of English Puritans had gone over to
Holland early in the 17th century, and there formed a church
after their own model. The Dutch Reformed Church was
essentially Calvinistic ; so was the English Church of the
good pastor, John Robinson. The Hollanders were tolerant ;
the Puritans were industrious and law abiding. So they got
on well together. Yet, after a twelve years' residence, the
Puritan was not sufficiently pleased with that country to make
it his permanent home. There was a disagreeable element
in thfe Dutch that did not suit the English. The Englishman
was a diligent farmer, the Dutchman a greedy trader ; the
Englishman was seeking for "more light," the Dutchman
was satisfied with what light he had. The Puritan felt that
he was only a "pilgrim and a stranger" in Holland, a country
where he could not train his children as he would, in which
NEW EXr.l.AXn IX ALI5AXV.
he could not pursue his vocation as he would; and, above all
in which he could not enjoy the largest religious liberty.
Our "Pilgrim Fathers" came to wild New England where
they at once laid the foundation of " a church without a
bishop, and a state without a king." They established free
schools for their children, and taught them lessons in industry,
frugality, freedom, and piety.
Our Dutch fathers came about the same time to the beau-
tiful banks of the Hudson, and pursued the lucrative fur
trade with the Indians. The school and the church gave them
no concern. The government was left with rapacious and
About 1627, Gov. Bradford, hearing that the Dutch were at
the mouth of the Hudson, and encroaching upon his territory
by sending ships to Narragansett Bay to trade, sent Mr. Wins-
low to remonstrate. The vessel had sailed away before his
arrrival. Soon after this, Gov. Minuit of Manhattan, sent a
very friendly letter to Gov. Bradford, congratulating Plymouth
Colony upon its prosperity, and proposing trade and friendly
relations in the future. To this the Governor of Plymouth
replied in the most friendly terms, alluding to the hospitality
which the Pilgrims had received in Holland, and assuring the
Governor of New Netherlands that they and their children
after them would never forget the same. At the same time he
assured Gov. Minuit, that he must respect the rightful claim
of the Pilgrims and not allow his skiffs to come to Narragansett
for beavers. He also complained that the Dutch w^ere selling
muskets, powder and shot to the Indians. Other courtesies
of the most pleasing character were kept up during the time of
Minuit, in which, while each decidedly claimed what he re-
garded as territorial right, there arose no unfriendly words
10 NEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY.
It is said that the Dutch invited the New Englanders to
come to the rich and fertile valley of the Connecticut River,
and that, in turn, the New Englanders advised the Dutch to
make good their claim to the banks of the Hudson.
But this pleasant state of things did not continue under the
rapacious Von Twiller, the testy Kieft, or the honest but head-
strong Stuyvesant, Kings and States in chartered gifts, had
got matters strangely mixed. England and Holland had both
given away the same territory when it belonged to neither. It
was the home of the aboriginal Indian.
The New Englander pushed his way into the valley of
Connecticut and all along the coasts and plains of Long
Island without asking the New Netherlander, and even in
defiance of his attempts to hinder, when he saw how aggres-
sive the " Pilgrim '' was inclined to be. The charter, the
Indian title, and the divine right and duty of cultivating all
good corn land, furnished his justification.
In 1643, things had come to such a pass that the colonies of
Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Haven, formed a union
called the United Colonies of New England. Its purposes
were to protect themselves against the Indians and against
the encroachments of the Dutch. The population of New
England was then about 20,000, while that of New Neth-
erlands was only about 1,000. The English claim was based
on the prior discovery of North America by Cabot, while the
Dutch claim was based on the special discovery of Hudson
and prior occupancy.
THE HOLLANDER AND THE NEW ENGLANDER
UNDER THE ENGLISH.
These claims and consequent occupation by the English
settlers of New England, led to much bitter controversy.
NEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY. 11
It was partially but never fully settled until the forced
surrender, in 1664, of New Amsterdam, and finally, of all the
Dutch claims in North America, to the English under Charles
II. who had given all this territory to his brother, the Duke of
York and Albany.
Might made right. It is not now our province to discuss
the question of natural or acquired right at that time. But
certain it is, that the restless New Englander, pushing his
way with his bold self assertion, his indomitable energy, and
his intense love of individual freedom of thought and expres-
sion, had forced himself into the New Netherlands, and made
himself felt in its government, so that the wise, good and
inflexible Peter Stuyvesant, the last of the Dutch Governors,
saw himself compelled to yield his authority or fight and do
worse. New Amsterdam became New York, Beaverwyck
became Albany; and this without bloodshed. This was the
first New England in Albmy.
But this was not fully accomplished. The world moved
slowly then ; but it moved. Years of thought and discussion,
of doing and enduring, had yet to come. More than a century
of war and blood ; of life and death ; of toil and struggle,
before we were the United States of America.
The English crown did .not readily yield to the claims of
the people, nor were the people quite ready to sever them-
selves from their mother England. The autocracy of Great
Britain had not done their greatest folly in tyrannizing over the
land of nobles in peasant garb. These nobles were right,
and were growing mighty. They endured and waited ;
thought and discussed. It was so in New England and
Meanwhile, the Dutch, the Scotch, the Irish, the Swede-
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and the Huguenot were looking on and learning. A day was
to come when they would a'l see alike, and become one
The money-loving Hollander was little disturbed by the
changes that were going on. It was especially so at Albany.
He had had little to do with the government. He was up the
river 150 miles, and things in the New Amsterdam -that was,
were done before he knew it. The new English government
told him he would not be disturbed in his gainful trade, if he
Avould take the oath of allegiance and respect the English
•officers. He accepted the situation and made good bargains
He, somehow, didn't like the Yankee, and the Yankee
■didn't like him. Few of them came to Albany until after the
Revolution. There was a mutual repulsion. One hundred
years later, a common cause, common needs, feelings and
struggles brought them to know each other. Then the sons
of the Hollander and of the English Pilgrim of the early part
■of the 17th century became friends again, as they are now.
ALBANY AND NEW ENGLAND DURING THE
ENGLISH AND FRENCH WARS.
But as to the wars. In 1690, New England had over
200,000 people within its borders. There were settlements
all over it. The State of New York was limited to settlements
on the Hudson, a little way up the Mohawk, and on Long
Island. Then came King William's war, (1690-97) between
France and England. Schenectady was burned. The New
England settlers suffered the most direful atrociiies from the
NEW EN(;LANI) in ALBANY. 1.^
The brave Col. Schuyler of Albany did some service in that
war. But Albany was fortified and palisadoed, and its citi-
zens stayed safely at home, while Massachusetts and Con-
necticut did the fighting and enduring to protect them.
Queen Anne"s w.-ir came (1702-13) ; and while blood flowed
in nearly every village in jVIassachusetts and New Hampshire,
the peace of Albany was not disturbed.
In the war between England and France, (1744-48) when
the strongly fortified Louisburg fell by New England arms,
Albany had but little to do, nothing to suflTer, except it may
be from the heavy debt that came upon the colonies after it
It was in the '* French War" (1754-60) that France lost all
its possessions in North America. Sir Wm. Johnson was in
the service, and writes, in 1755, of "great opposition from the
Dutch traders at Albany," and adds, "by their cabals and
weight in the assembly may perhaps distress" ; "those people
are so devoted to their own private profit that every other
publick principle has ever been sacrificed to it." The fighting
in that war was mostly done by New England. The city of
Albany was making money by furnishing supplies.
ALBANY IN THE REVOLUTION.
There was held at Albany, as a central place, in June 1754,-
a Provmcial Congress. It was not large ; but its deliberations
looking to a union of the colonies and securing the Indian
friendship and aid, were wise and had great lasting results.
Among those present were Theodore Atkinson of New
Hampshire, Thomas Hutchinson of Massachusetts, and that
common-sense patriot Benjamin Franklin of Boston, repre-
1-4 NEW K.NGLAND IX ALI'.ANY.
senting Pennsylvania. They were among the early New
Englanders in Albany.
The people of the Hudson and Mohawk valleys were very
slow to unite with the New England, Virginia, and other
<:olonies against British aggression prior to the revolution of
1776. The battle of Lexington aroused the city of New
York, and the more patriotic and far seeing in Albany. The
Van Rensselaers, Schuylers, Gansevoort, and a few other
leading men of Holland descent, nobly gave their money and
their service to the cause of their oppressed countrymen.
But ihe Dutch generally were apathetic. They preferred the
peaceful and profitable pursuits of traffic to the expensive and
hazardous contests of a war for independence. On this point
Bancroft, Lossing, and other historic writers are authority.
Albany was fortified and garrisoned. Its inhabitants lived
in a village fenced by palisades. It had gates guarded by a
watch ; and block houses. Loaded arms were kept by the
citizens in their houses, in their stores, and in church. Scouts
were on the lookout for approach of danger. They were well
defended. They were never attacked nor beleaguered. They
complained when soldiers were billetted upon them and when
impressments were made. But they were delighted with the
trade they brought them, the lively society they made, and the
protection they gave. All historians agree that tories were
Gen. John Stark, who was, for some time, in command of
the Northern Department of the Army of the Revolution,
having his headquarters at Albany, was on the most cordial
terms with Gen. Schuyler and other patriots of the city. In
1781, he writes to Gov. Clinton, "I am fully confident that
George the III. of Great Britain, has many subjects in this
NEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY. 15
city who would willingly lay down half, nay, even the whole
of their estates in his service, and trust in his royal clemency
for the re-j'ayment of the money so profitably laid out."
Again. "Albany is a very dangerous place to put men into."
Again, '-I have no hopes of any assistance from Albany; it
is not their inclination to fight away from their own castle."
The battles of the Revolution were chiefly fought by the
men of New England. It was so not only at Lexington
and Bunker Hill and Bennington; it was so at Saratoga and
Trenton, and all through the war that sustained the Declara-
tion of Independence and gave us a nation of freemen. They
did it under such leaders as Allen and Warner of Vermont ;
Bedell, Rogers, Poor, Stark, and Sullivan of New Hampshire ;
Warren, Knox, Prescott, Lyman, Thomas, Winslow, Lincoln,
Heath and Williams of Massachusetts ; Wooster, Knowlton,
Putnam and Arnold of Connecticut, and Greene of Rhode
Island, — not forgetting some brave coadjutors from New
York and other Colonies.
These statements are due to the truth of history. Until the
final adoption of the constitution of 1787, the sympathies and
hearty co-operation of the Dutch people of New York, with
a few noble exceptions, were not with the English speaking
people of the other colonies, in the contest for freedom and a
United Government of the States. But when it was accom-
plished, they became law abiding, wealth producing citizens.
Such was their nature. The Union to-day, and the State of
New York, in particular, have reason to be glad in the pow-
erful influence which the domestic and social virtues, the
indomitable patience and perseverance, simple manners, and
steady habits of the early Dutch settlers did have and are
still having, upon the moral and civil institutions of the
16 NEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY.
country. Virginia, New York and Massachusetts are now
one; welded togetlier by common struggles and common
triumphs; common blood and common interests: The
patriot graves and historic monuments of great deeds are
one. The treasures of history and of industry are one. The
great past and the vast future belong to us all.
NEW ENGLANDERS IN ALBANY.
I find no certain evidence that any New Englanders came
to Albany for permanent settlement prior to the Revolution
of 1776. They were to be found in New York City, and in
some of the lower counties, earlier than this date. In a list ot
the heads of families in the city in 1697, five are reported as
English in a population of 803 ; but these were probably
direct from England. There were English soldiers and
officers in the fort at that time. The Society for the Propa-
gation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts sent missionaries here,
who preached to the people and made some efforts to
christianize the Indians. There were English chaplains here.
An English Episcopal Church was erected near the fort, in
State street, in 17 16, the services in which were attended by
the garrison and a very few residents.
Soon after the close of the French war in 1763, a Presby-
terian church was formed, the attendants upon which were, at
first, mostly Scotch, with a few English.
The war of the Revolution opened the way to the State of
New York for the New Englander. He had been there
during the wars, and saw rich lands, vast forests, and fine
products. It was a field for adventure and enterprise open to
his active nature. New England farmers were poor. The long
NEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY. 17
wars had made them so. The boys must do something. Said
a Connecticut farmer to his son, — " My son, here is a horse ;
it is all I can give you ; take it and go." He came to Albany,
opened a tavern, and became a wealthy and influential citizen.
Usually these emigrants to "York State" were tillers of the
<»oil, with a few mechanics and traders. Westward the stream
of population ran. Albany was the route through which they
took their line of march, usually going beyond any settlements
into the wilderness. They feared nothing but the savages.
The Yankee, John Sullivan, and the treaty which soon fol-
lowed had reduced them to quiet. Some stopped in Oneida,
some in Montgomery, some in Madison, and some in Onon-
daga ; others pushed their way on to the Genesee Valley,
sending out branch colonies to the northern and southern
parts of the state ; filling, in time, nearly the whole territory
west of the Hudson, except the small section occupied by the
Dutch on the Hudson and Mohawk, and by the Germans of
Herkimer County. And here now live their descendants.
Volumes could not tell what they have done in this 19th.
century, and how they did it. They can only say, look around
you and behold ! They came ; they saw ; they conquered.
But we are writing about Albany. That there were very
few in Albany who spoke the English tongue, and, hence,
few New Englanders previous to about 1790, is evidenced by
the testimony of Dr. William Bay, son of Rev. Andrew Bay,
who was pastor of the first Presbyterian church some years
on from 1765. Dr. Bay was born in Albany, Oct. 14, 1773,
educated at Columbia College, and spent a long professional
life here. He states that the population was so essentially
Dutch in his boyhood, that but few of his mates could speak
any other than the Dutch language. Rev. j\Ir. Rogers, in his
18 NEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY.
History of the Reformed Church in Albany, observes that the
Rev. Dr. Westerlo, of that church, "in 1782, began to preach
half the clay in English."
There are few living now who are authority in regard to the
nativity of the families who came to this city prior to 1800.
Death and removal have left many of them without de-
scendants here to-day. In other cases, no family records
dating so far back have been kept. We have spent much time
in research as to this matter, and give the best results we can
up to this writing. We have resorted to imperfectly kept
church records, records of tomb-stones, and to the newspapers
of the time. MunselFs Annals' have contributed their aid.
Tradition of the older and more observing citizens has given its
often unsatisfactory help. All these have been compared and
reduced to probability; in most cases, we trust, to certainty;
but a certainty far too incomplete. And, yet, enough is
presented, we think, to show when, why, and in what manner
the elements of New England civilization were introduced
into Albany, and finally, commingling with all that is peculiarly
worthy in the Dutch, with a share of English, Scotch, Ger-
man, Irish, French, Huguenot, and Hebrew, and a sprinkling
of other nationalities, have at length, become so modified
and assimilated by intermarriages, social and business inter-
course, and the refining influences of religious and intel-
lectual culture, that there are now few, if any, cities in our
union that can exhibit to-day, as a result of all these, a
state of society more homogeneous, harmonious, healthy,
intelligent, and moral, than this city of Albany.
Among the emigrants from New England making their way
westward for home and fortune, many, of a trading turn, saw
the natural advantages of Albany, and went no further.
XEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY. 19
Others tarried here and opened the genuine " traveler's home/'
a New England tavern. The most important of these, for
many years, were kept almost exclusively by Yankees. Still
others remained to pursue the various mechanic arts demand-
ed at that time. Nearly all "came to stay," and were suc-
cessful. Then soon followed the school-master, the doctor,
the lawyer, and now and then a clergyman.
The tide of emigration was astonishing to the old inhabi-
tants. Says a letter written from Otsego County, in 1789:
"The vast multitudes of people that come daily to this
country have caused a scarcity of provisions amounting
almost to a famine. In Genesee it is quite so ; corn will bring
ten shillings there in cash, and six shillings in Albany; and it
is said that potatoes at Niagara are twenty shillings. How-
ever alarming this may be, it proceeds from no other cause
than that of an innumerable quantity of people flocking in.
I have had 30 in a day seeking land of me." Says another ;
'• Complaints were frequent at that time of the scarcity of
provisions in the western part of the state on account of the
flood of immigrants. In the vicinity of Niagara, it was
difficult to subsist the new comers." But these " new comers "
went to work on their fertile farms, and soon had enough and
to spare. Bread stuffs were sent on in plenty for the Albany,
New York, and Boston trade. So industrious, frugal, and
enterprising were they.
Says a local paper in June, 1791 : — " Motley processions of
eastern emigrants are daily passing through the city. Albany
is the grand thoroughfare to the western country. The ** Far
West " of these New Englanders, as they mostly are, is the
Genesee Valley; and they are accompanied by their families,
their flocks, and their implements."
20 NEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY.
A treaty of peace and amity was made at Canandaigua, in
1794, between the United States and the Six Nations. The
fear of danger from Indian depredations was removed. The
Genesee Valley immediately became the El Dorado to the
stirring people of the eastern states. More than before went
on the " moving to York State."
Says another writer concerning the farm-lands of Albany
County, with which the Dutch had done but little in all those
years since 1623, •' The settlements on these lands did not
increase very rapidly until the Yankees poured in about 1794.'"
It may be remarked that some of the best citizens of the
country towns about Albany to-day are descendants of these
It is written that a citizen of Albany on the 28th of February,
1795, took a count of that day's travel through the city, and
enumerated five hundred sleighs from sunrise to sunset.
Another estimated, near that time, that about twelve hundred
sleighs freighted with men, women, children and furniture
had passed through the city from the east within three suc-
cessive days. It was a phenomenon to the quiet burghers of
the staid old town ; and many wondered if New England was
being depopulated. But its sons, and daughters, too, Tiave
been going " out west," and even south, ever since, so that
they are known by their works, in every state, territory, and
city in the land. Yet New England is full of busy, populous
cities ; and its villages and rural districts are dotted with
pleasant, intelligent, and virtuous homes, made thrifty by
industry and economy.
In 1800, Albany, although it had been settled over 175
years, and been a city 114 years, and occupied a commanding
position as the capital of the state and as a commercial center.
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was a small town. Its population was only 5,387, show-
ing an increase of nearly 2,000 since 1790. "The face
of nature around it had been but little disturbed," says Mr.
Worth, who came to Albany as a banker, about 1801, in his
" Recollections of Albany." Old as it was, it still retained its
primitive aspect, and still stood in all its original simplicity ;
maintaining its quaint and quiescent character, unchanged,
unmodified, unimproved ; still particularly adhering, in all its
walks, to the old track. The rude hand of innovation, how-
ever, was then just beginning to be felt ; and slight as was the
touch, it was felt as an injury, or resented as an insult. * *
" All was antique, clean, and quiet." * * " Nq noise, no
hurry, no confusion." "No putting up, nor pulling down;
no ill-looking excavations, no leveling of hills, no filling up of
valleys ; in short, none of those villainous improvements
which disfigure the face of nature, and exhibit the restless
spirit of the Anglo-Saxon race." The stinted pines still cov-
ered the hills to the very edge of the city, and the ravines
and valleys were clothed with evergreens, intermixed with
briars and spangled with wild rose." "The little islands
below the town were feathered with foliage down to the very
water's edge, and bordered with stately trees." "As far as
the eye could extend up and down the river, all remained
comparatively wild and beautiful." " Pearl street, was, in
those days, the west end of the town." " There resided some
of the most aristocratic of the ancient burghers." The accu-
mulated profits of trade, united with the simplest habits and
rigid economy, for nearly two centuries had made the Dutch
of Albany, even at that day, rich ; and riches, where money is
the main thing, makes an aristocracy in any town. Aristocracy
gives dignity of bearing and retirement from business. Our
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graphic writer goes on: — "There, a httle after sunrise, in a
miid morning, might be seen, sitting by the side of their doors,"
(every Dutch house has a stoop), " the ancient and venerable
mynheers with their little sharp cocked hats, and red-ringed
worsted caps, drawn lightly over their heads. There they
sat, like monuments of a former age, smoking their pipes in
dignified silence and with phlegmatic gravity. The whole
line of the street, on either side, was dotted by the little
clouds of smoke that, issuing from their pipes, and curling
round their noddles, rose slowly ujd the antique gables, and
mingled with the morning air, giving beauty to the scene, and
adding an air of life to the picture." "Albany was indeed
Dutch, in all its moods and tenses, thoroughly and inveterately
Dutch. The buildings were Dutch, — Dutch in style, in
position, attitude and aspect. The people were Dutch, the
houses were Dutch, and even the dogs were Dutch. If any
confirmation were wanting as to the origin and character of
the place, it might be found in the old Dutch church, which
was itself always to be found in the middle of State street,
looking as if it had been wheeled out of line by the giants of
old and there left, or had dropped down from the clouds in a
dark night and had stuck fast where it fell." "All the old
buildings in the city, — and they constituted a majority, — were
but one story high, with sharp peaked roofs, surmounted by a
rooster, vulgarly called a weathercock. Every house having
any pretensions to dignity was placed with its gable-end to
the street, and was ornamented with huge iron numericals,
announcing the date of its erection ; while from its eaves hung
wooden gutters or spouts, projected in front some six or seven
feet, so as to discharge the water from the roof when it rained,
directly over the center of the side walks." " But the destined
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hour was drawing near. The Yankees were creeping in.
Every day added to their number ; and the unhallowed hand
of innovation was seen pointing its impertinent finger at the
cherished habits and venerated customs of the ancient burgh-
ers. These meddhng Eastern Saxons had, at length, obtained
a majority in the city councils."
After speaking of some of the innovations commenced,
and the manner of treating some of the leaders in them by
the native inhabitants, Mr. Worth goes on to say: — "This
done, they went to sleep again ; and before they awoke new
swarms had arrived, and a complete and thorough revolution
had taken place. The Yankees had taken possession of the
city, and the fate of the Dutch was sealed."
"A restless, leveling, innovating spirit now prevailed
throughout the city. The detested word "■iviprovenienf was
in every mouth, and resistance w^as unavailing. The stinted
pines became alarmed and gradually receded. The hills them-
selves gave way ; new streets opened their extended lines, and
the old ones grew wider. The roosters in the gable-heads,
* * * now gave it up, and came quietly down. The
gables in despair soon followed, and more imposing fronts
soon raised their corniced heads. The old Dutch church
itself * * * submitted to its fate and fell * * * at
the foot of State street, which freed from that obstruction,
thence forward became the Rialto of the city, w-here peddlers
* ^' *. and country hucksters now do congregate."
" Even the dogs began to bark in broken English ; many of
them had, indeed, already caught the Yankee twang, so rapid
was the progress of refinement. In the process of a few brief
years, all that was venerable in the eyes of the ancient
burghers disappeared." " It is hardly necessary to say that
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not an iron rooster has crowed upon the gable-heads, nor a
civil cocked hat been seen in the ancient city of Albany from
that day to this."
The ancient Dutch families, many of them, although wealthy
and respectable, were never the most enterprising. The
wealth of traffic, in the first one hundred and fifty years, had
been poured into the laps of their ancestors while they looked
on, gathered and hoarded. Now an equally greedy and
more active people had entered upon the opportunities of the
situation. Here they frequently, after confidence had been
gained, induced the original citizen to show his money and
invest it in active trade. Here, too, it often happened that
he made himself a member of these old families by making
an amiable and frugal daughter his partner for life. Then
the large estates were divided and made to produce incomes
by the toils and profits of new kinds of traffic, carried on in
a new way and by a new people. The growth of Albany, as
compared with more recent cities in our country, has always
been slow ; but it has been sure. The great West down to
about 1810, was little but a vast wilderness, tenanted by wild
beasts and the wilder aborigines. These same descendants of
the ever-moving, unyielding, all-conquering, Anglo-Saxon
race, have possessed this vast western territory and made it a
fruitful field, all full of villages and peoples of productive
industry. Albany, from its advantageous position, has
derived wealth and growth from western trade. It is not
our purpose now to discuss how much more it might have
done with greater enterprise and foresight. The city has been
growing, we repeat, since 1800; growing slowly but surely.
But it has grown because the West has grown. The settlers
that came from the eastern states, about that time and since,
NEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY. 25
with their descendants, have seized their opportunities and
put wisdom and energy into them.
The state of feeling that had existed on account of
conflicting interests as to territory and trade between the
Dutch and the New Englanders, ever since the days of Peter
Stuyvesant, had become somewhat modified by the mutual
sufferings and interests of the French wars, and more by the
war of the Revolution. But still, among the masses especially,
there was some of the old jealousy and prejudice remaining
after the Revolution, and even down to about the date of the
opening of the Erie Canal, perhaps later. The disappearance
has been gradual as generations have passed away. Now
history tells its story without jealousy or prejudice, — simply
as truth, — ^just as it tells of the Salem Witchcraft, the Negro
Plot of New York City, and the persecutions which our
ancestors in common, in that dark day, inflicted upon Quakers
and Baptists in New England, and upon the Waldenses and
Lutherans in New York. Elements that were once antago-
nistic to each other in this city, and thus hindered progress
in art, commerce, manufactures, education and religion, now
united, are all strongly pressing on for their advancement.
Among the New Englanders who went no farther west, but
stopped on the banks of the Hudson and finally made Albany
their home during a part, and in many instances, the whole of
their lives, we first mention those who came about the time
of the Revolution of 1776 and onward to about the beginning
of this century. They were the pioneers in this new coloniza-
tion of Albany and vicinity. They laid the foundations. We
are sorry that we have no sources from which we can draw to
make this list complete. In a few instances, indeed, we allow
strong probability to take the place of fact, as to whether
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certain men of pure English names came directly from Eng-
land, or had first received their training in that rock-bound,
sea-environed land of free schools and rough discipline of toil
and struggle — New England. It is certain that some who
came here early from Long Island, New York City, Orange,
Putnam, Columbia, Dutchess, Schoharie, Montgomery, Sara-
toga, and Rensselaer counties, were of New England parent-
age. All such are properly classed as New Englanders.
It is worthy of the note made of it by a close observer of
that time, that there was a great number of aged people of
Holland ancestry at the beginning of this century who had
retired from the pursuit of gain and were quietly passing
away just as the " new comers," with their new ideas and
habits, were ready to step into their places. " The population
of the city was evidently undergoing a revolution." One
generation went away ; another entirely different came in its
New England settlers in Albany between about 1780 and
rSoo, were as follows, as nearly as can be ascertained :
Solomon Allen, hatter.
Ezra Ames, painter.
EleazerF. Backus, bookseller.
John Blake, stage proprietor.
Christopher Batterman, builder.
Moses Beal, stage proprietor.
WiUiam P. Beers, merchant.
Abraham Bloodgood, trader.
Francis Bloodgood, merchant.
James Bloodgood, merchant.
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Lynot Bloodgood, merchant.
William Bloodgood, merchant.
Edward Brown, merchant.
Samuel Brown, merchant.
Aaron Burr, law3er.
Isaac W. Clark, editor.
Walter Clark, merchant.
Elisha Crane, merchant.
Stewart Deane, shipper.
Samuel Dexter, druggist.
Thomas S. Diamond, d. 1796, a. 59.
Benjamin Dickinson, merchant.
Elisha Dorr, hatter.
Christopher Dunn, taverner.
James Elliott, city marshal.
John Ely, teacher.
Thomas W. Ford, merchant.
William Fowler, merchant.
Joseph Fry, printer.
Elihu Goodrich, teacher.
Job Gould, merchant.
Thomas Gould, merchant.
Matthew Gregory, taverner.
Daniel Hale, lawyer.
Daniel Hale, merchant.
Hamlet H. Hickcock.
Isaac Hodge, d. 1806., a. 84.
Philip Hooker, builder.
Elias Hosford, bookbinder and publisher.
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Elijah Hosford, bookbinder and publisher.
John Hudson, stage proprietor.
Chauncey Humphrey, merchant.
George Hutton, silversmith.
Isaac Hutton, silversmith.
Thaddeus Joy, shipper.
Nathaniel Judson, merchant.
Enoch Leonard, physician.
Robert Lewis, taverner.
Stewart Lewis, taverner.
John Lovett, lawyer.
Alexander Marvin, merchant.
John Marvin, merchant.
Richard Marvin, merchant.
Uriah Marvin, merchant.
William Marvin, merchant.
Elias Mather, merchant.
Samuel Mather, merchant.
Thomas Mather, merchant.
Eliphalet Nott, clergyman.
Isaac Packard, mechanic.
Obadiah Penniman, bookseller,
Ananias Piatt, taverner and stage proprietor
Abram Powers, baker.
Ralph Pratt, merchant.
John Price, d. 1781, a. 68.
Elisha Putnam, builder.
Thomas Russell, merchant.
Joseph Russell, merchant.
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John Shepherd, d. 1797, a. 48.
Elisha W. Skinner, printer and publisher.
Solomon Southwick, printer and editor.
Thomas Spencer, printer.
Joab Stafford, merchant.
John Stafford, merchant.
Spencer Stafford, merchant.
George W. Thacher.
William Thompson, d. 1797, a. 32.
Isaiah Townsend, iron manufacturer.
John Townsend, iron manufacturer.
Oliver Warner, d. 1796, a. 21.
Elkanah Watson, merchant.
John M. Watson, d. 1795.
Charles R. Webster, printer and publisher.
George Webster, printer.
John W. Wendell, hatter.
William Woods, d. 1799, a. 66.
While it will be admitted that we owe much here in Albany
and all over our land, to the love of civil and religious liberty,
the firm principles, the pure faith, and the hardy, resolute,
persevering enterprise of our Puritan ancestry, no one ought
to abate one iota from the credit due the hospitable, frank,
independent, stout-hearted, cautious Netherlander of the
Hudson Valley, nor from the true-hearted, faithful, enduring,
bright, liberty-loving Huguenot, who early cast his lot among
our fathers. From all these together, did this country derive
the elements of its wonderful greatness and power, its broad
and ever expanding institutions.
We would be glad if harmony with our purpose in this
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essay allowed us to speak more fully of the talents and vir-
tues, of the patriotism, liberality, and honor that shone forth,
all along the early history of struggle and growth in our
Hudson river valley, even down to later times, connected with
the names of Van Rensselaer, Schuyler, Gansevoort, Ten
Broeck,' De Witt, Lansing, Wendell, Yates, Van Schaick,
Van Vechten, Van Buren, Van Loon, Bleecker, and other
Holland families ; nor would we forget the English Clintons
of illustrious fame, nor the Scotch Livingstons, nor the
Huguenot Jay, nor the Irish Montgomery, nor the German
Herkimer, nor the Prussian Steuben, nor the Polish Pulaski,
nor the French Lafayette, all of whom did great service in
doing noble deeds to protect this valley when it most needed
them, and left a record of shining worth.
Among the movements of a minor and local character
that indicated a new element in the city after 1780, we find,
mostly from the papers of the period, the following:
In 177 1, a printing office was started and the Albany
Gazette issued, — first newspaper, so far as known, in the city.
Discontinued during the Revolution.
1779, Capt. Machin engaged in taking a water level between
Albany and Schenectady, with aim of supplying the city with
water by means of aqueduct.
1782. Charles R. W^ebster, associated with S. Balentine,
started the New York Gazetteer. It discontinued in 1784.
1784. A Pocket Almanack, first work of the kind issued in
the city, was published.
Charles R. Webster, May 28, issued the first number of
a new paper called the Albany Gazette, which continued
until its 72d year, 1845.
Several stores offering a variety of goods, including drugs,
NEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY. 31
hats, nails, and East India and European goods, " for cash or
barter," were advertised this year, indicating a new activity in
business. Among these traders were John W. Wendell,
"a Bostonian," manufacturer and dealer in hats. We detect
several other New England names among these " merchants"
and '• artisans," such as Maj. Daniel Hale, Capt. Abraham
Bloodgood, J. Hutton, " minister of the gospel," and Robert
Lewis, keeper of the leading tavern for many years.
1784, July 4. The day was celebrated with 'thirteen
guns " in the morning, and illumination of the city in the
Select schools and dancing schools were advertised as open-
ing in the summer and autumn.
Nov. 8. IVebster'^s Calendar and Albany Almanack,
appeared for 1785. It was No. i, — but it has been annually
issued ever since, Alunsell continuing it after the death of
Charles R. Webster.
1785, A mail from New York City twice a week. Gazelle
enlarged. — A law for killing all dogs was passed. — Theatrical
exhibitions appeared, approved by a "a large and respectable
part of the community." Capt. Stewart Dean fitted out
the sloop Experiment, and sailed from this port for China.
It returned safely, April 22, 1787.
1786, July 22. The corporation and citizens celebrated the
centennial anniversary of the charter of the city. The num-
ber of houses at this time was 550. Boston had four times as
1788, Aug. 8. The ratification of the adoption of the
United States Constitution by the State of New York, on the
26th of July, was celebrated by an imposing procession, a
public dinner, toasts, speeches, firing of guns, and a street
32 NEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY.
1789. The Gazette was published twice a week.
1791. The city was engaged in paving streets. — A hand-
fire engine was purchased. — A market-house was built.— A
subscription for a library was raised. It is said to have been
started as early as 1785 by a subscription, of 100 members at
$5 each share, and 10 per cent, annual payment.
1792. A project was set on foot to establish a College in
Albany by gift of land for a building by the corporation, and
subscriptions from citizens. It resulted in establishing Union
College at Schenectady. A meeting was held to discuss the
project of a bank. It was incorporated as the Bank of
Albany, April 10, 1792, the first in the city and the second in
the State. It continued until May 11, 1861. Daniel Hale
and Elkanah Watson were among the first directors. Efforts
were making to connect Hudson River with Lake Ontario by
means of canals and rivers. Elkanah Watson was an active
leader in the enterprise. The street paving business was kept
up amid much excitement as to width and expense. A better
supply of water was agitated. A scheme for building a new
and large hotel was discussed at a public meeting. It was
kept up for some years and resulted in the erection of the
Tontine, which was first kept by Ananias Piatt, and afterward
by Matthew Gregory, Most of the hotels in Albany for many
years were kept by men from New England ; and stages were
run and mails carried by them.
1793. Stages had been, for some time, run to Bennington.
It was now proposed to run them to Whitestown, connecting
with post carriers on to Niagara. C. R. Webster had asso-
ciated with him his brother George Webster, and they were
receiving and forwarding letters with their paper, to every
part of the country where there were no mails. This was the
NEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY. 33
enterprise of true New Englanders. On Jan. lo, one hundred
and fifty mechanics held a meeting and organized the Albany
Mechanic Society, which was noted for its activity and useful-
ness It continued many years, and largely promoted the
intelligence, zeal, skill, and public respect of its members.
Among its first officers were John W. Wendell. President ;
Charles R. Webster, Vice-President; Isaac Hutton,
Treasurer. The manufacture of maple sugar was encour-
aged, a new thing in this section. Elisha Dorr appears as
a hat manufacturer and dealer in cider. Every one seemed
full of business, and business of many kinds novel in this
city, was tried.
In May, a law passed by the common council went into
effect, ordaining that no gutter or spout should project from
any building into the street ; that the water should be con-
ducted down the sides of the houses within three feet of the
ground by pipes, under a penalty of 40^. This was done by
the "new comers" who had succeeded in getting a majority
in the city council, and was an innovation against a custom
brought from Holland and honored by long years. Its
enforcement caused much feeling among the old inhabitants.
Webster, Seymour and Ensign, started the first paper mill in
this quarter. The building was erected in Troy. Stage lines
were extending. One to Ballston ; another to Canajoharie ,
another to Northampton. Ezra Ames, appears as jDainter of
portraits, signs, carriages, standards, etc. The lighting of
the streets begins to be discussed. The most destructive fire
that has occurred in the city in all its history took place Nov.
17 ; estimated loss $250,000, The good President Dwight, who
visited the city subsequently, and saw the new buildings and
other improvements, regarded it as a special blessing. The
citv council established a nisiht watch.
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1794. Trade in wheat and Other agricultural products was
greatly increasing. Vigorous eiforts were making to connect
Seneca Lake with Albany by canals. The citizens subscribed
^6000 towards locating a college in this city. A large por-
tion of this amount was subscribed by men who had immi-
grated from New England. Influences were made to bear
upon the Regents to locate it in Schenectady. Paving the
city was nearly completed, and made Albany " from one of
the filthiest to one of the cleanest cities in America. '^
1795. Albany County received ^1500, being its portion of
the school money of the State, under its first appropriation of
^20,000. Glass works had been carried on for some time
successfully ; Elkanah Watson, and Thomas and Samuel
Mather, and two others, constituted the manufacturing com-
pany. A water passage was opened between Albany and
Oswego, by canals and rivers. Great delight was expressed
at the lighting of the city.
1796. John Clark and Reuben King run a mail stage,
occupying 4 days through between Boston and Albany. The
numbering of the houses was talked of. A new Presbyterian
church was erected. Mail facilities were rapidly increasing.
Joseph Fry printed a paper called the Chronicle. Albany
became the capital of the State.
1797. Philip Hooker, Christopher Batterman, and Elias
Putnam, were the leading architects and builders of the day.
Much is said of the improvement in dwellings and hotels.
The " two steeple " Dutch church was building.
1798. Eliphalet Nott, the first native New England
preacher, was installed pastor of the Presbyterian church,
Oct. 3. The day of building turnpikes was dawning. The
first Catholic church was built, the city giving the ground,
and citizens aiding b}' subscrii^tions.
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1799. Sabbath breaking by pleasure riding and keeping
open places of traffic, was forbidden by city ordinance as
against good morals. Improvements by removing obstruc-
tions to navigating the Hudson were making. A circulating
library was opened by Solomon Southwick and associate.
These are ^iven as examples of the new activity that had
been stirring the city for the last ten or fifteen years before 1800.
We have no room to pursue this method further. It will be
seen that great changes, for that day and in such a city as it
had been, were taking place, A writer at the beginning of
this century speaks of certain natives of New England as
being "among all the popular movements of the day.*'
Another remarks that " all enterprises had a live Yankee in
As illustrations of the state of feeling towards the early
movers in the reforms introduced into Albany by the Eastern
immigrants at the close of the last century and the beginning
of this, we give the following anecdotes connected with the
doings of Elkanah Watson, one of the foremost of the
reformers. That relic of an old European usage, the pur-
chase of the freedom of the city, obtained in this city at the
time of his coming, in 1789. It was necessary to secure a
new settler in the enjoyment and protection of his rights of
citizenship. Mr. Watson, on the 28th of May, 1790, paid ^5
to Mayor Lansing for this certificate of freedom. He knew
the power of the press, and often used it without stint. This
abuse was vigorously attacked by him and soon abolished.
At the time of his arrival, as he states, there were not more
than five New England families resident in the city. The
streets were ungraded, unpaved, aud unlighted. It made
matters worse that the eave spouts projected over the streets,
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as they did over the canals in Holland, and often poured their
contents on the heads of the traveler who was obliged to be
out in the rain. The streets were very miry, and vehicles
were often stuck so fast in them as to get on with difficulty.
Added to all this, they were frequented by swine that rooted
in the mud and garbage in them. Many of the best citizens
regarded these animals very useful as public scavengers. The
keen and restless mind of Mr. Watson, with his eastern ideas,
and the culture that his residence in European cities had given
him, could not fail to notice these things and urge through
the press and by personal effort, radical improvements. He
generally succeeded in accomplishing his objects, but not
without entailing expense and other inconvenience. The
hostility against his schemes and his person were, at one time,
very strong. Time, Avhich often reveals lasting real good
coming out of present seeming ill, brought him gratitude and
Nothing, if we can believe an observer of that day, could
exceed the consternation of the old burghers when they
learned of the order of the city council to cut off these
spouts. "Had it been a decree abolishing their mother
tongue, it could hardly have excited greater astonishment, or
greater indignation. They rallied their forces and secured
the election of Mr. Watson, to the heretofore useless office of
"hog constable," as an expression of their disgust toward him.
The next morning found him in the streets driving the street
scavengers to the public pound.
Mr. Watson uses his own words. "Just after State street
had been paved at a heavy expense, I sauntered into it
immediately succeeding a heavy thunder storm, and whilst
regretting the disturbance in the sidewalk, and to observe
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the cellars filled with water, * * * j heard two women, in
the act of clearing their invaded premises from the accumula-
tion of mud and water, cry out, — '* Here comes that infernal
paving Yankee." "Then they approached me in a menacing
attitude, broomsticks erect. Prudence dictated a retreat to
avoid being broomsticked by the infuriated Amazons. * *
I walked oif at a quick pace."
Hoping that we have clearly shown the state of society
and the progress of events down to the beginning of this
century, we proceed to present some of the leading institu-
tions that have, if we may credit the records and the memory
of man, been suggested, projected, or progressed chiefly by
New England men and motive, with the names of some of
those who have been most prominent in them ; to be followed
by some general statements in regard to certain classes of
business and professions, and closed by such biographical
sketches as we have been able to procure, chiefly of the
departed ones. We suppose it is well to regard the senti-
ment, — Pronounce no man happy until he is dead.
It may be understood that every person named in these
connections, is of New England birth or ancestry.
.Vlbany Academy. Some of the first movements toward
establishing an Academy for boys were made while Rev. Dr.
Nott was pastor in the city, he being one the chief movers.
These were continued by such men as John M. Bradford,
Theodore Sedgwick, Ambrose Spencer, Chauncey Humphrey,
James Kent, Ebenezer Baldwin, Gideon Hawley, James
Goold, Thomas W. Olcott, Charles R. Webster, Theodoric
R. Beck, from New England, and kindred spirits among
the Holland descendants, until it was established, by the aid
of the city council and citizen subscriptions, in 1813, and
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put in full operation in 1815. For thirty-one years, Dr. Beck,
gave it the impress of his great character. Among the prin-
cipals who have followed him have been George H. Cook,
James W. Mason, Abel Wood, and notably for twelve years,
ending in 1882, Merrill Edward Gates, now president of
Rutgers' College, all of New England ancestry and character.
It has always held a high rank among the many excellent
schools of its kind in our country. Hundreds of the boys of
Albany have received their literary discipline and their best
inspirations to act well their part, in this noble institution.
Albany Female Academy. A "Union School" for the
higher education of Albany girls was started in 18 14, by
Ebenezer Foote, a lawyer from Connecticut. It was supported
by tuition. Out of it grew, in course, the present flourishing
•'Girls' Academy," incorporated under the above title in 1821.
Its first trustees show the names of James Kent, John
Chester, Gideon Hawley, Asa H. Center, Joseph Russell,
William Fowler. Since then, there has always been a pre-
ponderance of New England men on the board of trustees, —
among them William L. Marcy, Wm. B. Sprague, Ira Harris,
Edwdn Croswell, Marcus T. Reynolds, Thomas Gould, Isaac
Hutton, Dr. John Stearns, Nathaniel Davis, John O. Wilson,
Harmon Pumpelly, Ezra P. Prentice, James H. Armsby,
Amasa J. Parker, William L. Learned, Rufus W. Clarke, and
Erastus D. Palmer.
The architect of its model building was Jonathan Lyman.
Alonzo Crittenden, of Massachusetts, 19 years; Eben S.
Stearns, of New Hampshire, 12 years; L. Sprague Parsons,
of Connecticut, 10 years; have been the principals whose
labors have given it a wide extended and good fame ; while,
for shorter terms, in its early years, it was taught by Horace
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Goodrich, Lebbeus Booth, and Fred'k Matthews, from New
England. Its present able principal. Miss Lucy A. Plympton,
is from Massachusetts, and is successfully sustaining its char-
Public Free Schools. There were no school facilities
for the education of the children of the people of Albany
worthy of mention before the establishment of the above
Academies. This fact is spoken of with regret in the news-
papers of that day. Private schools, usually ephemeral,
and taught by indifferent teachers, were patronized by the
wealthy. The citizens generally were given to trade and
material improvements, so that little organized effort was
made to secure first class public schools, much less free
schools for all. In 1810, there were no public schools. A
school called the Uranian Academy, projected and sustained
for the benefit of the children of mechanics, by such New
England mechanics as Charles R. Webster, Thomas Russell,
Isaac Hutton, Elisha Dorr, Benjamin Knower, and others,
had then existed for several years, and continued awhile after
1820. The Lancasterian System, inaugurating a school
managed on a popular plan at cheap rates of tuition, was
favored by Gideon Hawley. A school of that class was
started here about 18 12, and continued about twenty-five
years. It was well patronized and very useful. But it was
not a free school.
The public school system of the State was of slow growth.
Something of the kind, in ideal, had many admirers, many
advocates. The New England idea was early brought here
but modifications and improvements that led to much talk
and much writing with little practical result, were brought
forward by governors and school officers from 181 2 down to
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1868, when the really free public school system of the State
was first presented to the people of the State of New York,
through the earnest and persistent efforts of Victor M. Rice,
a man of New England blood, ideas, and energy. But before
this, much had been accomplished by Gideon Hawley, Jede-
diah Peck, Jabez D. Hammond, John C. Spencer, John A.
Dix, Daniel D. Barnard, James Wadsworth, Francis Dwight.
Calvin T. Hulburd, Alonzo Potter, John A. King, Samuel
Young, William L. Marcy, and other New England men of
great influence. Their efforts were for the whole State.
Until the State system was settled, there could be said to be
but little real system in Albany. The more prospered classes
of the city seemed satisfied with the advantages offered by
the truly excellent academies, and some very good private
schools. For some thirty years before 1868, Albany had
public schools ; but the odious rate bills were a burden for
the poor, and there was general indifference among the rich.
For the excellence of our present system, growing better
every year in its practical working, much is due to such men
as John O. Cole, George W. Carpenter, John G. Treadwell,
James L. Babcock, Henry S. McCall, and others, supported
by a liberal public sentiment, v/hich has been promoted by
the good work of John W. Bulkley, Thomas W. Valentine,
of the past, and Josiah H. Gilbert, Levi Cass, John E. Sher-
wood, John A. Howe, Eli E. Packer, and other principals of
the grammar schools, with the able faculty of the high
school of to-day, named elsewhere.
Albany State Normal School was opened May 7, 1844,
as an experiment, being the first in the State. In 1848, it was
made permanent. A building was erected, and opened for
pupils, July 31, 1849. Ever since then, it has had an able
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corps of teachers, a large patronage, and enjoys the fullest
confidence of the State and of all friends of education. Its
inception was by New England minds, among them Samuel
Young, Alonzo Potter, Gideon Hawley, and Francis Dwight.
Its principals, Page, Perkins, Cochrane, Woolworth, Alden,
and Waterbury, have been of New England stock, as has
been a large number of its assistants and pupils, both male
and female. It is soon to be removed to a new site on
Washington Park, having a building unsurpassed for architec-
tural beauty and working adaptation.
Dudley Observatory was named in honor of Hon.
Charles E. Dudley, a native of England, who came to New-
port, R. I., while a boy, received his early culture and pursued
his vocation of merchant there, and came to Albany in 1811.
He married Blandina Bleecker in 1809; held an influential,
social, and civil position in Albany; was State Senator, 1820-
'25; Mayor, 1821-28; U. S. Senator, 1829-33. d. Albany,
Jan. 23, 1841. After his decease, Mrs. Dudley contributed
$105,000, which, with liberal contributions from Thomas
W. Olcott, and other citizens, made the amount $200,000,
and founded the institution, with land, buildings, and instru-
ments. Incorporated 1852 ; dedicated 1856. Dr. James H.
Armsby is acknowledged to have been the most active
citizen in working up the interest which secured the neces-
sary funds. At the dedication, Ira Harris presided, and
Washington Hunt, Edward Everett, and Louis Agassiz
made the addresses. Prof. Benjamin A. Gould, of Boston,
was the first astronomer in charge. The present Director
of the Observatory is that already widely known and very
talented son of Rhode Island and graduate of Dartmouth,
Prof. Lewis Boss. Since he came here, about eight years
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ago, the institution has been rapidly advancing in reputation
among scientific astronomers abroad as well as at home. At
present, about two thirds of the trustees are men of New
Albany Institute grew out of the '■ Society for Promo-
tion of Useful Arts," started in 1791, and the "Albany
Lyceum of Natural History," of early date. It was chartered
in 1829; embraces most of the men of literary and scientific
tastes in the city ; holds regular meetings for papers and dis-
cussions ; has a library of 6,000 volumes, besides pamphlets
and papers ; and has published 10 volumes of transactions and
proceedings. Dr. T. R. Beck was its founder, upbuilder, and
president for many years. Other New England men have
done their full share in its literary and financial support.
Among them may be named, Joel Munsell, Daniel J. Pratt,
James Hall, James H. Armsby, Amos Dean, Henry A. Homes,
Charles M. Jenkins, and many others.
Al'jany Medical College grew out of a class in medicine
and surgery started in 1821, by that most eminent surgeon.
Dr. Alden March. He was afterwards joined by his- brother-
in-law, almost equally eminent in his profession, and quite
equal in important public enterprises. Dr. James H. Armsby.
These two are its acknowledged founders. Its first course of
lectures began in 1839. It now constitutes a part of Union
University. Its library, largely selected by Dr. T. R. Beck,
is valuable ; its museum is unequalled in this country and
unsurpassed in Europe ; its chemical and anatomical facilities
are all that can be desired ; its standard is very high. It num-
bers a faculty of about 20 ; has had about 5,000 students, and
1,500 graduates. Besides its founders, it has numbered in
its learned faculty, very many of the most eminent medical
lecturers from New England.
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Albany Law School. Organized 1851 ; now a branch of
Union University ; to Amos Dean is chiefly due its organiza-
tion ; has graduated about 2,000 students. Its principal lec-
turers in the faculty have been Amos Dean, Horace E. Smith,
and Matthew Hale from Vermont ; Amasa J. Parker, William
L. Learned, and Henry S. McCall from Connecticut; Ira
Harris, from Rhode Island ; Isaac Edwards, from Massachu-
setts ; all men eminent in legal lore, and residents of the city.
Amasa J. Parker and Ira Harris should be named with Amos
Dean as the founders of the institution. It now has a
separate building and is rapidly growing in patronage
Dana Natural History Society. This is an institution
named in honor of Prof. James D. Dana, of Yale College;
organized in 1868; its active members, ladies of scientific
tastes and culture ; holding stated meetings for papers and
discussion ; pursuing studies in classes ; having frequent field
meetings, often joined by Albany Institute. Among its presi-
dents have been Mrs. William Barnes, (daughter of Thurlow
Weed) I year; Mrs. Dr. Daniel J. Pratt, (b. Mass.) i year;
Mrs. Dr. John E. Bradley, (of High School) 2 years; Mrs.
Dr. Jonathan Tenney, (b. N.' H.) 6 years; and Mrs. R. D.
Williams, i year. It is a useful and growing institution,
reflecting great credit on its originators and managers.
St. Agnes School, a very admirably planned and con-
ducted school for girls ; was founded by Rt. Rev. William C,
Doane, Bishop of Albany, in 1870; incorporated in 1871 ;
school opened in 1872. The wealth of the large hearted,
liberal minded Erastus Corning, Sen., secured the grounds for
the fine buildings ; and further aid, united with the energetic
work of Bishop Doane, erected and furnished them and the
cathedral close by. The pri.,mise of a prosperous future is
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YouxG Men's Associatiox. Amos Dean was one of its
founders and first president. It was the outcome of a demand
of the young men of 1833, ^^ which year it was founded,
for an organization for mutual inprovement in public speaking
and better facilities for periodical and library reading. It has
done a great deal of good ; the only insti'.ution in the city
that contains a reading room and library, so cheap as to be
almost free; accessible to every citizen. It is not large, but
has much of what is most called for in Albany. Erastiis
Corning, Sen has been its most liberal benefactor. Among
others have been Thurlow Weed, Thomas W. Olcott, Joel
Munsell, and Angelo Ames. Of its presidents, besides the
first, Charles A. Hopkins, John Davis, Denison Worthington,
Walter R Bush, Arthur C. Southwick. Rufus King, Charles
H. Stanton, Franklin Townsend, William A. Rice, George B.
Steele, James I. Johnson, Theodore Townsend, George C.
Lee, Ralph P. Lathrop, Charles T. Shepard, Edmund L.
Judson, Franklin Edson, Frank Chamberlain, Grenville Tre-
main, Henry C. Littlefield, Charles A. Robertson, Amasa J.
Parker, Jr. Frederick W. Brown, Thurlow W^. Barnes, John
AI. Bigelow, William P. Rudd, Frederick Harris, and OrenE.
Wilson, are of New England antecedents.
Albany Orphan Asylum. This city was formerly reproach-
ed for its lack of institutions of charity and benevolence. Now
they have become very numerous, varied in their special
objects, and well sustained.
It was said by the traveler Buckingham in 1838, " Albany
is singularly lacking in benevolent institutions compared with
the other older cities of America, or with the extent of its
own population, wealth, and resources." He visited the orphan
asylum and gave C|uite an extended account of what he saw,
with decided approval.
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Among the first established and one of the best managed,
is this asyhim for orphans. It was opened in 1829, largely
through the activity of native New Englanders. Its principal
supporters have been James D. Wasson, John F. Rathbone,
Ira Harris, John O Wilson, Eli Perry, James Dexter, Dyer
Lathrop, Isaac Kdwards, James Covert, Justus F. Taylor,
Jeremiah Waterman, William G. Thomas, James D. Wasson,
Marcus T. Reynolds.
Albany Hospital owes its existence to Dr. James H.
Armsby, whose untiring efforts made with heartfelt and
intelligent zeal and much sacrifice, gave it plan, secured it
means and successful operation. No institution in the city
has now a more popular interest. It was incorporated in
1849. ^''' i^s ^^^^ *^^ governors are to be found many of our
best citizens ; and the very best physicians and surgeons
have from the beginning given their attendance.
The Albany Homeopathic Hospital. Organized in
J 868, and is supported and managed chiefly by such men as
Erastus Corning, Amos P. Palmer, Nathan IL Perry, and
iAl. V. B. Bull.
The Child's Hospital, recently established, constitutes
a part of the Christian work done by the Cathedral of All
Saints, under the direction of the Episcopal Bishop, Rt. Rev.
William C. Doane, and supported by Erastus Corning and
Home of the Friendless, a retreat for aged women, was
established in 1850, by Mrs. Lee, and a suitable building
erected subsequently on a lot given by James Kidd. Its
management is by ladies, many of whom, it may be observed,
are of New England ancestry.
House of Sheltek. Organized in 1868, a home for once
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fallen, now repentant women, owes its existence and great
usefulness chiefly to the labors and benefactions of Austin S.
Home for Aged Men. Originated by James B. Jer-
main in 1876. He has given to it freely of his time and
ample means. It receives the encouragement and support of
the best men and women of the city.
Washington Park. This most attractive and popular
institution of Albany, is the legitimate outgrowth and expres-
sion of the progressive spirit introduced into the city by the
New England immigration. It lies west of the capitol about one
mile, and on an elevation about two hundred feet higher than
the Hudson. Its establishment was long opposed as creating a
large and needless expense. But, at length, in 1869, a com-
mission was constituted by state law, and it became a fact.
It has since been increasing in acres, in improvement, and in
public favor. Most of the ground occupied, once a grave-
yard, a pasture, and a military muster ground, is now
a charming landscape, with hill and dale and lake, with drives,
walks and resting places; tastefully laid out and cultivated.
It is surrounded more and more every year, by handsome
residences occupied by some of the best citizens of the city.
Reuben H. Bingham was the first surveyor, and John Bridg-
ford one of the first commission. It contains over one hun-
Albany County Penitentiary, was erected in 1845-46.
While specially a county prison, it receives convicts from all
parts of the country, particularly from the United States
courts, and from other State counties, on payment of board.
Amos Pilsbury was its superintendent from 1846 to 1872,
except five years spent in charge of the reformatory on
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Ward's Island, and as Superintendent of the Metropolitan
Police, New York City. The silent system, so called, was
adopted at the start, and has ever since been successfully kept
up. Convicts are treated kindly but firmly; — eating and
sleeping in their cells ; marched to and from them to their
work, in lock step ; never speaking to each other ; always
kept employed. The institution has secured a wide rep-
utation for discipline and financial profit. Lewis D. Pils-
r.URY succeeded his father from 1872-79. The managment of
the Pilsburys, by universal consent, has given this peniten-
tiary its wonderful success and universal admiration, beyond
any other in the Union, be it state, county, or city. It has
furnished example to the best institutions of the kind more
recently established It has often had as many as one thou-
sand convicts at one time.
Albany Rural Cemetery. This oft frequented city of
the dead, last earthly home, '♦ life's fitful fever o'er," of many
who have lived here, sprang from a powerful sermon preached
by Rev. Dr. Bartholomew T. Welch, in December, 1840. It
was repeated by request ; followed by a public meeting, Dec.
31st; an act of incorporation in 1841 ; purchase, laying out,
and working; and a consecration in 1844. The first board
of trustees contains the names of Rev. Dr. B. T. Welch,
John A. Dix, J. O. Wilson, A. M. Strong, T. W. Olcott, E.
P. Prentice, E. Baker, and Ira Harris. Others since have
been Erastus Corning, Dudley Olcott, John F. Rathbone, E.
D. Palmer, J. B. Jermain, R. W. Peckham, W. L. Marcy, and
At the consecration, Daniel D. Barnard was the orator:
Alfred B. Street the poet ; Revs. Dr. W. B. Sprague and H.
Potter, were the clergy ; and active on that day and in the
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^vhole work, as Jong as they lived, besides the trustees, were
Gideon Hawley, Amos Dean, Otis Allen, Lewis Benedict,
Matthew Patten, and many others. Gen. Rufiis King was the
marshal. In natural and artistic beauty, this cemetery has
been spoken of by good critics as excelled only by that at
Cincinnati. Its location is about three miles north of the
CHURCHES AND CLERGY.
Dutch Reformed. This ancient church has been largely
helped in its growth in this city by those able ministers of
New England antecedents, John M. Bradford; 1805-20;
Ebenezer P. Rogers, 1856-62; Rufus W. Clarke, 1858-83 ;
John Ludlow, 1823-33; Thomas E. Vermilye, 1835-39;
Dwight K. Bartlett, 1873-81. Many of its leading lay-mem-
bc-rs, also, were New Englanders.
Lutheran. While this church, the second established in
the city, never had a pastor from New England, several of
its leading members have been and still are New Englanders.
Joel Munsell attended here.
Episcopal. Ministers of this church first came here,
probably, as chaplains to the English garrison at Fort Fred-
erick, after it came in possession of the English in 1664.
English missionaries were sent here at the beginning of the
18th century. The first church, located about where St. Peter's
now is, was opened in 17 16. For many years New England
has contributed many of its most active and influential
members to this church. And it has given, at least, among
its clergy, Horatio Potter, Timothy C. Pitkin, Wm. C. Doane ;
probably several others.
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Presbyterian. A church seems to have been organized
by a few Scotch and English resident Presbyterians in 1763,
soon after the close of the French war. It was closed during
the Revolution, and re-organized the latter part of 1785.
Then entered it most of the New England immigrants. They
seem to have been prominent. Among the trustees, deacons,
and elders, we find the following New England names : —
John W. Wendell, Boston, James Bloodgood, Joseph Xew-
land, JohnFolsom, Isaac Hutton, Charles R. Webster, Enoch
Leonard, Francis Bloodgood, George Pearson, William P.
Beers, Dr. Elias Willard, John Boardman, Ananias Piatt,
Chester Bulkley, Thomas Mather, Eleazer F. Backus, John
Marvin, Elisha Dorr, Willard Walker, Isiah Townsend, Wil-
liam Fowler, James King, Rufus H. King, Levi Philips, Fr.
Alden March, Abraham Covert, Amos Fassett, Elihu Russell,
with others from southern counties, from New Jersey, England,
and Scodand. Eliphalet Nott was its pastor from 1798- 1804.
In 1813, was organized the 2nd church, which was more
decided still in its New England membership, so much so
that Elias Putnam, the architect, with reference to this fact,
placed on the spire what he called a pumpkin and a codfish,
as appropriate emblems. John Chester, (1817-26), and Wil-
liam B. Sprague, (1829-70) were the honored pastors for a
period of fifty out of seventy years of its existence.
New England has also, I think, given to the Presbyterian
churches of this city. Hooper Cumming, Henry R. Weed,
Ezra A. Huntington, Edward D. Allen, Samuel W. Fisher,
William H. Williams, Benjamin N. Martin, A. H. Dean,
Samuel T. Seelye, Henry Darling, William Durant, and
Horace C. Stanton, most of them eminent for learning, piety,
and eloquence, widely known and greatly useful. This city
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has been greatly favored and the good in it promoted by
the pastors of the Presbyterian churches.
Methodist. Methodism was first, we think, brought here
from New England, and has been built up and established in
a most prosperous condition, mostly by preachers of New
England origin. It is said that a church was formed here as
early as about 1790. Now there are six Methodist churches.
Among the preachers have been Samuel Merwin, Tobias
Spencer, Lorenzo Dow, Elijah Hedding, Noah Levings,
Charles Shermr.ii, Alfred Saxe, John Lindsey, Charles Devol,
Jesse T. Peck, Samuel McKean, Homer Eaton, J. E. C.
Sawyer, D. W. Gates, Joel W. Eaton, and doubtless several
others, who have been most efficient church builders and
Baptist. The first church was organized in 1810; there
are now five flourishing churches of this denomination in the
city, containing a large number of prominent and active
members of New England birth or descent. Among their
ministers have been, Elias L. Magoon, Bartholomew T.
Welch, Francis R. Morse, and Henry M. King, all men of
potent influence, some of them of great power. We think
that several other Baptist pastors came from New England
Christian. The earnest and vigorous pastor of this
church, is Edgar C. Abbott, of the extensive and respectable
New England family of that name. This church is now
taking a new departure of growth and influence under his
Roman Catholic. When a house of worship in this city
for this church was first called for, in the latter part of the
last century, the men of New England, with wonderful liber-
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ality, contributed of their money and tlieir influence, and
secured its erection. Rev. Clarence A. Walworth, gr.
Union 1838, son of the late chancellor, Reuben H. Walworth,
rector of St. Mary's. He is a man devoted to temperance and
other works of christian benevolence, and highly esteemed in
Quaker. This quiet and exemplary sect began to hold
meetings here about 1825, and organized and built a meeting
house in 1835. Among its leading laymen and preachers it
numbers Samuel Carey, of Rhode Island, and others from
Unitarian. Though not strongly organized here, this
denomination is composed of an intelligent class, mostly
from. New England, and has had the preaching since about
1840, of such able divines as Orville Dewey, Henry F. Har-
rington, A. D. Mayo, George T. Simmons, and Charles G.
Congregational. This strong church is the direct out-
growth of the New England sentiment of this city. It was
founded in 1850, by men coming out peaceably, from hon-
est conviction of duty, mostly from the Presbyterian and
Reformed churches of the city. Among them were such
New England men as Anthony Gould, James Gould. Bradford
R. Wood,Rufus H. King, Henry S. McCall, Uriah G. Bige-
low, Theodore D. Smith, John G. Treadwell, Chauncey P.
Williams, Isaac Edwards, William L. Learned, and many
others. Ray Palmer, (1850-66) was its first pastor, — succeed-
ed by William S. Smart, since 1867. It has the reputation
of holding in its congregation, more of the liberally educated
men of the city than any other church.
Colleges. Union, so near to Albany, has given college
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training to most of its young men. Princeton, Rutgers,
Columbia, and Hamilton, have taken many of them through
their liberal culture. But New England has had its full share
of influence in this kind of preparation for life work. The
following, after much research, shows, as nearly as we now
can ascertain, the number of men who have graduated from
New England colleges and have spent more or less of their
active lives in Albany, viz : — Bowdoin, i ; VVaterville, i ;
Dartmouth, 12; Middlebury, 4; Vt. University, 3; Harvard,
21; Amherst, 12; Williams, 41; Brown, 9; Trinity, 4;
Middletown, 7; Yale, 63. Here are potent influences.
Since institutions of New England became well established
here, the city has chosen many natives of New England or
their descendants, as chief executives in the oflice of mayor.
We believe the following belong to this class : —
1814-19. Elisha Jenkins.
1821-24. Charles E. Dudley.
1828-31. Ambrose Spencer.
1832-33. Isaiah Townsend.
g^ "^ ■ > Francis Bloodgood.
1834-37. Erastus Corning.
1838-41. Jared L. Rathbone.
;843-45. ^ Friend Humphre)-.
1845-46. John Keys Paige.
llf'.il' \ William Parmalee.
1850-51. Franklin Townsend.
1856-60 VEli Perry.
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Geo. H. Thatcher.
1874-76. Edmund L. judson.
The influence of all these men upon the advancement of
the city, cannot be too highly estimated.
The New York Governors have all had a temporary home
in Albany ; and some have resided here many years, and
taken an active part in its local affairs. Among them the
following are of New England ancestry.
1833-39. William L. Marcy.
1839-43. William H. Seward.
1845-47. Silas Wright.
1847-49. John Young.
1849-51. Hamilton Fish.
1851-53. Washington Hunt
1863-65! ^ Horatio Seymour.
1855-57. Myron H. Clark.
1857-59. John A. King.
1859-63. Edwin D. Morgan.
1865-69. Reuben E. Fenton.
1S73-75. John A. Dix.
1875-77. Samuel J. Tilden.
1877-80. Lucius Robinson.
1880-83 Alonzo B. Cornell
1883. Grover Cleveland,
To these may be added the following Lieut. Governors,
some of whom have national fame : — Erastus Root, Daniel
S. Dickinson, George W. Patterson, Sanford E. Church,
Henry J. Raymond, Stewart L. Woodford, Thomas G.
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Alvord, Allen C. Beach, John C. Robinson, and George G.
Among the illustrious names that have reflected brightness
on the escutcheon of the Empire State, are the following
eminent jurists, most of whom have made themselves felt in
the institutions of this city.
Reuben H. Walworth.
Sanford E. Church.
William F. Allen.
Charles J. Folger.
All strongly marked by the true New England character in
which they had a birthright. To these we add the names of
the scarcely less distinguished Lyman Tremain, Ira Harris,
Amasa J. Parker, Rufus W. Peckham, and William L.
Learned, long residents of Albany.
In making the following lists, we may be guilty of errors of
omission and commission ; but have been guided by the best
authorities we could obtain. We trust the errors are very
NEW ENGLAND LAWYERS IN ALBANY, NOW DE-
Otis Allen. Isaac Edwards.
Le Grand Bancroft. James Edwards.
Ebenezer Baldwin. Azariah C. Flagg.
Daniel D, Barnard. Ebenezer Foote.
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Lewis Benedict, Jr.
Nathaniel S. Benton.
Alexander W. Bradford.
Greene C. Bronson.
Benjamin F. Butler.
Clarke B. Cochran.
Samuel G. Courtney.
T. Le Roy Case.
John A. Dix.
William L. Marcy.
William S. Paddock.
Geo. W. Peckham.
Rufus W. Peckham.
John H. Reynolds.
Marcus T. Reynolds.
A. C. South wick.
John C. Spencer.
Samuel A. Foote.
W. W. Frothingham,
Jabez D. Hammond.
F. H. Hastings.
Samuel M. Hopkins.
Alfred B. Street.
Richard M. Strong.
J. B. Sturtevant.
Reuben H. Walworth.
Henry G. Wheaton.
James M. Whelpley.
Gilbert L. Wilson.
John O. Wilson.
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LAWYERS OF NEW ENGLAND ANCESTRY,
WHO NOW ARE OR HAVE BEEN IN PRACTICE IN ALBANY.
"Buel C. Andrews.
John M. Bailey. ,
Alpheus T. Bulkley.
Isaac B. Barrett.
Andrew J. Colvin.
Andrew S. Draper.
W. D. Frothingham.
Scott D'AL Goodwin.
William H. Hale.
Lewis B. Hall.
Stephen H. Hammond.
Henry Q. Hawley.
Galen R. Hitt.
J. Howard King.
Joseph M. Lawson.
Wm. L. Learned.
Henry S. McCall.
Henry S. McCall, Jr.
Charles W. Mead.
Nathaniel C. Moak.
John T. Norton.
John J. Olcott.
John K. Porter.
Amasa J. Parker.
Amasa J. Parker Jr.
Rufus W. Peck ham, Jr.
William F. Rathbone.
William P. Radd.
Joseph W. Russell.
O. H. Shepard.
S. O. Shepard.
Horace E. Smith.
Geo. L. Stedman.
Benjamin I. Stanton.
Alvah H. Tremain.
Hiram L. Washburn.
William G. Weed.
Robert H. Wells.
Bradford R. Wood.
J. Hampden Wood.
Geo. M. Wright.
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In the profession of medicine Albany has many names of men
who have adorned the city by their talents, and helped it on
in some of its most valued institutions, especially its Medical
Schools and Hospitals. Among the most illustrious, New
England has contributed Drs. Tully, Stearns, Willard, Wing,
Cogswell, Bigelow, March, Armsby and others, who have
yielded to that conqueror whose weapons their skill often par-
ried, but who subdues all at last. They have left names long
held dear alike in the cottages of the humble and in the man-
sions of the rich and learned.
The following is a list of the physicians of this city now
deceased, who sprang from New England stock, followed by
the names of those now living : —
James H. Armsby.
Geo. H. Armsby.
James L. Babcock.
James S. Bailey.
Uriah G. Bigelow.
Moses F. Clement.
Mason F. Cogswell.
Charles D. Coope--
Palmer C. Don
Harris I. Fello
Edward W. Ford.
Henry R. Haskins.
J. Warren Hinckley.
Zina W. Lay.
Edward A. Leonard.
J. rid A. Munson.
L,nas. A. Robertson.
John H. Trotter.
Ashbel S. Webster.
Sylvester D. Willard.
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Joel A. Wing.
Wm. H. Bailey.
James F. Barker.
John M. Bigelow.
Frederick C. Curtis.
Samuel H . Freeman.
C. S. Merrill.
Wm. H. Murray.
Geo. H. Newcomb.
M. R. C. Peck.
Charles H. Porter.
Timothy K. Perry.
Norman L. Snow.
George T. Stevens.
Willis G. Tucker.
Samuel B. Ward.
Among the best gifts to Albany from New England are
some of its most useful and honored teachers. The Boys^
Academy has had Beck of perennial fame, Wood, Gates, and,
it is presumed, several others; the Girls' Academy, Booth,
Crittenden, Parsons and Stearns, and now the very worthy
Miss Plympton ; the Normal School, Page, Perkins, Cochrane,
Woolworth, Alden, and just now, Waterbury, besides many
most useful male and female assistants ; the High School now
has John E. Bradley, Oscar D. Robinson, Charles A. Home,
Austin Sanford and Richard Prescott ; the Grammar grades
have had, or now have Valentine, Bulkley, Gilbert, Howe,
Cass, Packer, and probably many others both male and female,
whose records we have not vet been able to secure.
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Besides these, the Schools of Law and Medicine were found-
ed and have been manned almost entirely by men of New
England birth or antecedents, as shown elsewhere.
It should be added, that the present Superintendent of
Schools is Charles W. Cole, son of that venerable man, so
long useful to this city in the cause of education and public
justice, John Orton Cole, a native of Connecticut.
Albany has not had many of the class of writers who give
their whole time and talent to authorship. It is true that
many excellent things have been written here, outside of
journalism and the pulpit, which have had a wide and influential
admiration. Some have been very effective, as intended, in
promoting good morals, education and public improvements-
of many kinds ; and have thus had a lasting influence. But
most of our best known writers have written amid the pres-
sure of professional duties, and as the outcome of professional
study, that they might enlarge their sphere of active good.
Among our most prolific authors may be named the following ;
Among the clergy, Sprague, Palmer and Clarke; among the
lawyers, Kent, Walworth, Edwards, Dean, M c Call and Moak;
among the physicians, Tully, March and Willard ; among
educators. Page, Alden, Perkins, Davies ; among scientists,
T. R. and L. C. Beck, Hall and Emmons ; among the poets.
Street and Saxe; and Southwick, Buel, Croswell and Munsell^
on more miscellaneous themes. All these claimed a New
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Oar practical people are not given to oratory ; they speak
by their deeds. But all admire the orator they cannot imitate.
Such men crop out now and then among our lawyers and
divines, and sometimes where we least look for them, among
•our men of affairs and our toiling men. Daniel D. Barnard was
always listened to with pleasure ; so was Henry G. Wheaton ;
Lyman Tremain was a man of eloquence, something of the
Rufus Choate order. Albany never had a man that would excite
his audience with his uncultivated yet electric eloquence, like
the rough carpenter, James Kilburn. Among our divines, with
differing graces of oratory, — persuasive, convincing, moving,
pleasing, magnetic or powerful, — we may name, without
question, as ranking very high in pulpit oratory, Eliphalet Nott,
John M. Bradford, John Chester, Hooper Gumming, Barthol-
omew T. Welch, Wm. B. Sprague, Edward N. Kirk, Orville
Dewey and Elias L. Magoon,- all the gift of New England.
To these should be added the names of men whose preemi-
nent statesmanship^ has, each in its time and manner, done so
much, not only for the .good of this city, but for the whole
nation. Wm. L. Marcy, Silas Wright, John G. Spencer,
Benj. F. Butler, John A. Dix, Daniel D. Barnard and Bradford
R. Wood belong to this class. They all took pride in their
New England blood, and made Albany, at least some part of
their lives, their home.
BOOKS AND LEGTURES.
Albany has, also, been swayed by such gifted thinkers and
orators from New England as Daniel Webster, Wendell Phil-
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lips, Edward Everett, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edwin P. Whip*
pie, John B. Gough, Theodore Parker, Oliver Wendell
Holmes, Charles Sumnei-, Thomas Starr King, and most
others of its leading platform lecturers.
Their influence has been felt here ; it has impressed itself
on many minds and led to better lives and nobler deeds.
Shouid it not be placed to the credit of New England in Albany ?
And who writes the books our children use in the Sabbath
and Day Schools? Who the books and periodicals that
delight our hours of leisure, rest us when we are weary,
instruct us when we are ignorant, uplift us when we are
depressed and urge us on when we are faltering in life's jour-
ney? Are they not, most of them, from the homes of New
JOURNALISM AND JOURxNALISTS.
In this department of quiet yet mighty energy. New Eng-
land has given to Albany its full share. Among them we
have only to name Charles R. Webster, that early printer,
who so long gave the people knowledge in city and in country,
a sort oi vox claniaiitis in deserto, aiming to be successful
only as he was true to the interests of the people ; the ear-
nest, ambitious Solomon Southwick, who grew better and
better as long as he lived ; the wise and useful Jesse Buel and
Luther Tucker ; the keen Edwin Croswell, who wrote so
potently and so gracefully; the ever diligent and practical
Joel Munsell ; and the master magician, Thurlow Weed, who
was mighty in council, and carried to the editor's sanctum
a clear head, a strong arm and a cogent pen. Sharper and
mightier than swords were their pens ; as long as New York
State has a name their names will be respected.
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ART AiND ARTISTS.
At one time Albany had a " Gallery of Fine Arts, " where
were collected quite a display of good pictures by such artists
as Durand, Sully, Peale, Chapman, Carleton, Weir, the Harts,
Ames and others. But most of the artists sought more favored
homes and the treasures of the gallery were scattered. Ames,
who was the founder and leading spirit, had died. There are
good pictures in Albany now in private homes, and some con-
siderable art appreciation ; but no organized exhibition or en-
couragement. Page, the younger Ames, the younger Palmer,
Low, all of New England stock, were born here. Boughton
once resided and now has family friends here. Launt Thomp-
son was brought out here by Dr. Armsby. Wm. M. Hunt,
born in Vermont, has left one of his masterpieces in our new
capitol. Palmer has done some of the best work in American
sculpture; while Elliot was a master in portrait paintings and
Twitchell, many think, quite equals, if he does not excel him
in some of the requisites of true portraiture.
ARCHITECTS AND BUILDERS.
The most noted of this class in the early part of this cen-
tury were, Christopher Batterman of Boston, Philip Hooker
and Elias Putnam of Connecticut, and Jonathan Lyman of
Massachusetts. They designed and erected most of the larger
and better public and private buildings of their time, which
are still admired for the common sense of their proportions
and the good taste and good finish of their work. They have
stood well the test of time.
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The representative taverns, inns, coffee houses, tontines,
hotels, and such hke, have usually been kept, each in its way,
by •' the right man in the right place ;" among them Robert
Lewis, Leverett Crittenden, Christopher Dunn, Ananias Piatt,
Matthew Gregory and Charles E. Leland, all from New Eng-
land. To these men is greatly due the fact that Albany has,
forthree -quarters of a century, always had first-class public
BANKS AND BANKERS.
It is claimed that the first movement for a Bank in this city
was made by Elkanah Watson about 1791. It was the "Old
Albany " put into operation in 1792 ; the second in New York
and the fourth in the United States. It continued until 1861.
It was opposed at first as needless and hazardous. When the
books were opened, the whole amount of stock was taken in
less than three hours. Watson was one of the first directors of
this bank and also of the "State", which started in 1803. Of
this latter bank, Rufus H. King was president nearly thirty
years, succeeded by his son-in-law, Franklin Townsend, and
his son, J. Howard King. The Mechanics and Farmers came
next, in 181 1, and was under the direction of Solomon South-
wick, Benjamin Knower, ElishaDorr, Isaac Hutton and others.
G. A. Worth was cashier. Thomas W. Olcott was, for many
years, its president, succeeded by his son, Dudley Olcott. It
has always had its full share of public confidence ; its man-
agers and stockholders have been largely New England men.
No bankers in the United States have enjoyed a better repu-
tation for financial sagacity and integrity than Rufus H. King,
Thomas W. Olcott and Chauncey P. Williams. To-day, all
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the Banks of Albany stand on the surest foundation and are
universally trusted. A list of those which have presidents of
New England birth or ancestry, with their names, is herewith
given : —
Matthew H. Read, First National.
Billings P. Learned, Union.
Chauncey P. Williams, Exchange.
William G. Thomas, Exchange Savinojs.
J. Wilbur Tillinghast, Merchants.
J. Howard King, State.
Dudley Olcott, Mechanics and P'^armers.
Erastus Corning, City.
Benj. W. Wooster, County.
MERCHANTS, MANUFACTURERS AND OTHER
In a city so well situated by nature for trade, and, in later
times aided by art, there has been always, for an inland town,
a large proportion of traders and merchants, representing
nearly every class of trade. Many of them have made their
own goods ; or commencing as mechanics and manufacturers,
have gone, in riper years and with the gains of prosperity,
into trade. The usual ups and downs of mercantile life have
been seen and felt here. A complete list of those thus enga-
ged, it would be impossible to present in this essay. They
have represented all nations and people. Among the most
prosperous have been Erastus Corning, RufusH. King, Isaiah
and John Tovvnsend, Matthew and Samuel Patten, Friend
Humphrey, James Goold, and, in more recent or present
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times, George C. Treadwell, Newton & Co,, Bacon, Stickney
& Co., E. P. Durant, Weare C. Little, E. J. Larrabee, E. A.
Hobbs, John S. Perry & Co., D. G. Littlefield, Rathbone,
Sard & Co., Weed, Parsons & Co., Wm. M. Whitney & Co.,
Henry Russell, Geo. H. Thacher & Son, Kibbee & Dalton,
B. W. Wooster, S. L. Munson, Mather Brothers, J. Benedict
& Son, R. W. Thacher, James W. Eaton, C. W. Eaton, G.
W. Luther, G. B. Hoyt, D. S. Lathrop, T. C. Cooper, Moore
& Bellows, Justus F. Taylor, Judson & Capron, Jesse C. Potts,
Paul Cushman, Alexander Gregory, and others of the New
England class of Manufacturers and Merchants.
Joseph Alden, b. Cairo, N. Y., Jan. 4, 1807 ; descendant of
John Alden of the Mayflower; gr. Union, 1829; D. D. Union
1838; LL. D., Columbia, 1857. Studied Theology at Prince-
ton ; tutor there two years. Ordained pastor of Congregation-
alist Church, Williamstown, Mass., 1834; prof. Williams,
1835- 52 ; prof, moral philos., Lafayette, 1852- 7 : pres.. Jef-
ferson, 1857- 67; pres. N. Y. State Normal School, Albany,
1867- 82. Author of many juvenile books, Elements of Intel-
lectual Philosophy, Science of U. S. Government, Christian
Ethics, English Grammar, and a large contributor to N. Y.
Observer and other religious journals. William L. Alden, the
author, is a son.
Otis Allen, b. Surry, N. H., Oct. 15, 1804; d. Albany, Mar.
27, 1865 ; came to this city and became law partner of Israel
Williams, in 1833; of F. H. Hastings, until 1848; after this
was without partner. An accurate, honest, successful lawyer;
a citizen most heartily respected and trusted.
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Ezra Ames, b. Mass. about 1768 ; was in Albany in 1793 ;
d. Feb. 23, 1836, a. 68. He was a painter, and acquired dis-
tinction as a student of art; executed with great fidelity a large
number of original portraits and made copies of many paint-
ings of merit. He was a director in the Mechanics and Far
mers' Bank, and left a good estate. Julius Rubens, an artist
of promise, who died young, and Angelo, a well known resi-
dent of this city, are his sons.
James H. Armsby, b. Sutton, Mass., d. Albany, Dec. 3,
1875 5 succeeded Dr. March as professor of Anatomy and
Physiology at Castleton, Vt., 1834; in 1838, resigned, and
devoted nearly all his time to raising funds to furnish and fit
up a Museum and other things necessary to the establishment
of a Medical College in Albany. Of this college he was one
of the founders and always a devoted friend. He was one of
the most popular of its lecturers from the first. He was, also,
one of the founders of the Albany Hospital and of the Dudley
Observatory. Always a public spirited, large hearted citizen,
intent upon doing good, especially to 3'oung men of talent
and moral worth. He held many honorable official positions.
A bronze bust has been placed in Washington Park, by his
students, aided by citizens, to commemorate the deeds of this
good physician and great public benefactor. Dr. Gideon H.
Armsby was his son.
John F. Bacon, b. Mass., settled in Albany as a lawyer;
Clerk of State Senate, 1814-40; was U. S. Consul at Nassau,
N. P., about 10 years; d. there Feb. 25, i860, a. 71.
Samuel N. Bacon, b. Harvard, Mass., Jan. 25, 1829; came
to A. 1848, is senior member of the large, long established
and prosperous Coffee and Spice Establishment of Bacon,
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Stickney& Co., which grew out of the house of L. A. Chase
& Co. Mr. C. was a native of Hillsborough, N. H. ; d. 1857,
le.iving large wealth and an unblemished name, which their
successors have fully sustained.
Daniel D. Barnard, b. Sheffield, Mass,, 1797; d. Albany,
Apr. 24, 1861 ; gr. Williams, 1818; began law practice at
Rochester, N. Y., 182 1 ; came to Albany 1832 ; was member
of Assembly ; M. C. 1828- 30 and 1839-45 ; Minister to Prus-
sia 1849- 53 5 ^^ active whig politician ; a vigorous writer for
Whig Review and other periodicals ; a popular orator ; pub-
lished many addresses. LL. D., Geneva.
Ezra A. Bartlett, descended from Dr. Josiah Bartlett of N.
H., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and
belongs to a family noted for physicians of eminence ; b. New-
Duryport, Mass., July 18, 1845 ; gr. Rochester University; gr.
M. D., Albany Medical College, and is now a lecturer in the
College and a resident physician.
Lewis C. Beck, b. Schenectady, N. Y., Oct. 4, 1798; d,
Albany, Apr. 21, 1853; gr. Union, 1817; brother of Dr. T.
R. Beck. Came to Albany, about 1821 ; gave lectures and
lessons in botany and chemistry in Rensselaer Institute, Vt.
Academy of Medicine, and Middlebury College ; in 1827, took
charge of the New York Mineral Survey ; in 1830, was prof, of
Chemistry and Natural History at Rutgers. At time of his
death, was prof, of Chemistry in Albany Medical College. His
published scientific writings are numerous and valuable.
Theodoric Romeyn Beck, of New England Ancestry, "his
ancestors being among the first settlers of New England," b.
Schenectady, N. Y., Aug. 11, 1791 ; d,Utica, Nov. 19, 1855;
began to practice medicine in Albany, 1813 ; was principal of
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Albany Academy from 1817-48, in which position he gained a
great reputation as an educator and left a lasting influence for
good on the young men of Albany. While in this position,
and during the few remaining years of his life, he did much
collateral, useful and scholarly work, which places him high
among the benefactors and scholars of our country. He
gave lectures at Albany Medical College, 1840-54 ; was pres.
State Medical Society, 1829 ; manager of the State Lunatic
Asylum ; founder of the Albany Institute, some years its
president and promoter of its best working plans ; for many
years editor the Am. Journal of Insanity ; published many
valuable papers, addresses and reports. His famous work on
" Medical Jurisprudence " is standard in Europe as well as in
America and has given him the name of father of that Science.
In philanthrophic works, his head, heart and hand were all
Lewis Benedict, of Mass. stock: b. Albany Sept. 2, 18 17 ;
killed in battle at Pleasant Hill, La., April 9, 1864; gr. Wil-
liams, 1837; began practice of law, 1841 ; held offices of City
Attorney ; Judge Advocate ; and Surrogate of Albany Co., 1848
-52; also Memb. of Assembly, i860. Went into the Union
service in 1861, as Lt. Col., and was conspicuous for soldierly
conduct and bravery until he fell leading a charge. Became
Col. and then brevet Brig. Gen. The G. A. R. Lew Benedict
Post, was named in honor of him.
Uriah G. Bigelovv, belonging to a family remarkable for
producing many eminent physicians, originating in Mass., or
now residing there ; was b. Worcester, N. Y., Oct. 21, 1621 :
practiced medicine, with marked success in Albany, about
30 years; d. Feb. 23, 1873.
John M. Bigelow, son of Dr. Uriah G., b. Albany, August
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26, 1846 ; gr. Williams, 1866, and M. D. at Albany and Colum-
bia, 1870; lecturer at Albany Med. Col.; has been del. to
Am. Med. Ass. and N. Y. Med. Soc. ; prest. Albany Co. Med.
Soc. ; prest. Y. M. A. ; and is an active, successful, rising
physician and citizen.
Capt. Abraham Bloodgood is first mentioned as taking a
cargo of goods in a sloop from New York to West Indies,
starting Nov. 3, 1770, the consignors being merchants and
others of Albany. He returned in due time, with rum, limes
and cotton. Among the consignees are James Bloodgood &
Co. Abraham is named among the merchants in 1794; d.
Feb. 17, 1807, a. 65, James d. May 4, 1799, a 64, William d.
June 29 1801, a. 41, James d. Nov. 4, 1806, a. 35, Lynot d.
Enfield Ct., June 17, 1857, a. y6. S. DeWitt Bloodgood was
grandson of Abraham. Of Lynot, it is said, he was born in
Albany and belongs to one of those families whose names are
associated with the early history and progress of our city.
He was buried in Utica. We think the family came from Ct.
among the earliest N. E. immigrants ; were mercantile and
Francis Bloodgood, b. 1768; d. March 5, 1840; gr. Yale,
1787; lawyer; one of the founders and first directors of the
State Bank and for many years its president ; Clerk of the
Supreme Court; Mayor of the city, 1 831- 1833. Was also
pres. of Albany Insurance Co. ; distinguished for the excel-
lence of his temper and the integrity of his character.
Lewis Boss, b. Providence, R. I., Oct. 26, 1846; gr. Dart-
mouth, 1870; adopting the profession of astronomer, he stud-
ied at the Naval Observatory, Washington, and was employed
in government service until 1879, when he became director
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of the Dudley Observatory, Albany, and a professor of Astron-
omy in Union University. By his reported observations and
published works on Astronomical subjects, he has already
attained a world wide fame as a devoted astronomer of distin-
guished merit and promising future.
Lebbeus Booth, b. Danbury, Ct. ; moved to Ballston with
his father, when a boy ; gr, Union, 1813 ; prin. Female Acad-
emy, 18 15- 24 ; md. only dau. of Ebenezer Foote, the founder ;
had private school at Ballston, several years ; d. there Dec.
John Melancthon Bradford, D. D., b. Danbury, Ct., May
12, 1781 ; d. March 26, 1826; gr. Brown, 1800; pastor of i. t
Reformed Dutch Church, Albany, 1802- 20; "a man of com-
manding presence ; " "an eloquent and impressive preacher ; "
"among the distinguished pulpit orators of the day." His
son, Alexander W., was an eminent lawyer ; sometime Surro-
gate of New York.
John E. Bradley, b. Lee, Mass., Aug. 8, 1839; g^"- Wil-
liams, 1865 ; Ph. D. 1879; principal of Pittsfield High School,
1865-68 ; and of Albany High School, from its first opening
in a hall as Free Academy in 1868, with 140 pupils, to its pres-
ent firm establishment, in a model building, with about 600
pupils, 20 teachers and a first-class rank among similar insti-
tutions in the country. In 1878 he visited Europe, as Commis-
sioner at the Paris Exhibition, and made a valuable report to
the State. He is knoAvn and felt in the religious, social,
charitable and educational organizations of the city, and is,
also, active in the interests of his Alma Mater, and of the State
work for advancement of learning.
James Gordon Brooks, b. Claverack, N. Y., Sept. 3, 1801 ;
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d. Albany Feb. 20, 1841. Son of David, a Rev. officer; gr.
Union, 1829. Studied law ; went to New York City, 1823;
Ed. "Minerva," "Literary Gazette," 'Atheneum," "Morning
Courier," and cont. to " Commercial Advertiser. " In 1828,
md. Mary Elizabeth Aiken, of Poughkeepsie, a literary lady.
In 1829, they pub., as joint authors " Rivals of Este and other
Poems." In 1838 they moved to Albany.
Jonas H. Brooks, descended from one of the earliest and
most respectable families of Mass. ; b. Rutland, Mass., Jan.
5, 1848; studied at Oxford (N. Y.) Academy; was teacher,
bank clerk and bank director, before he came to the ist. Nat-
ional Exchange Bank, Albany, in 1873, as teller, and in 188 r,
Jesse Buel, b. Coventry, Ct., Jan. 4, 1778; d. Danbury,
Oct. 6, 1839. -^ printer, he went to Albany in 1813; estab-
lished and edited the Argus until 1821. Was a large hearted,
public spirited, highly esteemed citizen. Was well known as
an active and influential promoter of local institutions of reli-
gion, education and benevolence. Member of State Assembly,
of the State Board of Regents, and in 1836, Whig candidate
for governor of the State. He owned, occupied aAd suc-
cessfully cultivated a large farm in the west part of the city,
ever after 1821; in 1834, established the Cultivator, in
which he, by his practical knowledge, common sense, and
hearty zeal, was successful in creating a greater respect for
cultivating the soil, presenting improved methods, and show-
ing how profits could be made. He delivered numerous
addresses on agricultural subjects ; pub. the "Farmers Instruc-
tor" and "Farmers Companion." He lived a public benefactor,
and left a great and precious name.
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Aaron Burr. This man of brilliant parts, great ambition,
tireless activity and questionable patriotism, studied law
in Albany, having Alexander Hamilton as a fellow student;
married here, opened a law office here, and was for some years
well known and influential in this city. His only child, Theo-
dosia, was born here. He was son of Aaron Burr, president
of Princeton, and grandson of Jonathan Edwards, of gen-
uine New England stock; b. Newark, N. J., Feb. 6, 1756; d.
Staten Island, Sept. 14, 1836; gr. Princeton, 1772. He did
service under Montgomery, Arnold, Putnam, Stirling, and
Washington during four years of the Revolution ; held in N. Y.
state, the offices of member of the Assembly, Atfy-General,
and Com. of Claims ; was from 1791- 97, a leader in the U.
S. Senate; Vice Pres. of U. S. four years from 1801 ; killed
Hamilton in a duel July 12, 1804; was tried and acquitted of
treason in Aug. 1807; afterwards spent four or five years in
London and Paris ; returned to New York in 18 12, and spent
the rest of his life in quiet practice of law. He was a remark-
able man in his greatness and in his weakness.
Benjamin F. Butler, a descendant of Oliver Cornwell, in
his maternal line; b. Kinderhook, N. Y., Dec. 15, 1795; d.
Paris, France, Nov. 8, 1858; studied law with Martin Van
Buren ; became his partner in 1817 ; district atty. of Albany
Co. 1821-25; served in the State Assembly; was on com-
mittee with John Duer and John C. Spencer, to revise Statutes
of New York. U. S. Attorney General under Jackson, 1831-
34; acting Sec. of War, Oct. 1836 to Mar. 1837; U. S. District
Atty. for Southern N. Y. 1838-41. Joined the republican
party on passage of Kansas-Nebraska bill, and voted for
Fremont. After this he was instrumental in founding the
University of New York, and while practising his profession,
served as law professor in that institution.
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Samuel Gary, b. Providence, R. L, Aug. i8, 1766; d.
Bethlehem, N. Y. Feb. 16, 1845. Came to Albany, 1827;
was a most acceptable preacher of the Society of Friends or
Quakers ; lived an eminently blameless and useful life ; his
influence aud example widely felt and acknowledged. His son
Joseph, b. Albany Co., Jan 30, 1802 ; d. Albany, Aug. 29,
1879 5 foi' nearly 40 years pursued the business of a wholesale
provision merchant, in Albany, in company with his brother,
David H., who died in 1865. Both left unblemished and hon-
Nathaniel Hazeliine Carter, b. Concord, N. H., Sept. 17,
1787; d. Marseilles, France, Jan. 2, 1830; gr. Dartmouth,
181 1 ; taught in Salisbury, N. H. and Portland, Me.; read
law; prof, of languages at Dartmouth, 1817-20, In 1820
became ed. and prop, of Albany Register. Pub. '• Letters
from Europe" in 1827, after traveling there 1825- 27 ; spent
winter of 1828 in Cuba; relinquished his paper and went to
France for his health in 1829, As poems, he wrote " Burial
at Sea," "Pains of Imagination," " Hymn for Christmas," and
many minor ones.
Asa H. Center, b. Berkshire Co., Mass., 1779; a printer
in Pittsfield ; came here early in this century as foreman in
the Centbiel office; about 1805 went into mercantile busi-
ness with Nathaniel Davis ; dissolved and went to New York
in 1827; continued business there until his death in 1857;
an active, public spirited man, enjoying good will of the com-
John Chester, b. Wethersfield, Conn., Aug. 1785; d. Phil-
adelphia, Jan. 12, 1829; gr. Yale, 1804; D. D. Union 1821 ;
pastor of Presb. church, Hudson, N. Y. 1809- 15; first pastor
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of 2nd, Presb. church, Albany, 1815- 28; amiable and sym-
pethetic as a man ; fervid and persuasive in the pulpit ; an
earnest worker for the education of the young and for every
worthy public enterprise ; he was very useful here and endeared
himself greatly to his people. He was the pastor of DeWitt
Kufus W. Clarke, b. Newburyport, Mass., 1813; gr. Yale,
1838; pastor of No. Cong, church, Portsmouth, N. H., till
Dec. 1851 ; of Maverick church, E. Boston, 1852-56; of So.
Cong, church, Brooklyn, 1857-62; of ist Reformed church,
Albany, 1862-83. D. D. Univ. of N. Y., 1862; author of
Heaven and its Scriptural Emblems ; Memors of Rev. J. E.
Emerson; Lectures to Young Men ; Review of Dr. Stuart on
Slavery; Romanism in America; Bible in Schools; Moody
and Sankey in England ; Life Scenes of the Messiah ; Heroes
of Albany ; Premillennial Essays, and numerous sermons,
pamphlets and essays on various subjects. He was a faithful
pastor, a diligent workman, and did great good in this city.
He is brother of Bishop Clarke of R. L, and has four sons in
David H. Cochrane, of New England parentage, b. July 5,
1828; gr. Hamilton, 1850; after other teaching, was principal
Albany Normal School, 1856-64; thence went to Brooklyn
as the president of the Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute.
To his work he has always brought scholarship, energy and
executive ability. LL D. Hamiltofi, 1869.
Mason F, Cogswell, b. Hartford, Conn., Nov. 10, 1809; d.
Albany, Jan. 21, 1865; son of an emiinent physician and sur-
geon of same name in Conn. (1761-1830) who gr. Yale 1780.
Came to this city in 1833 and devoted himself to the duties of
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his profession with almost singular zeal and fidelity. He attained
a foremost rank. His own patriotic emotions and the con-
fidence of the appointing powers are attested by his position^
as examining surgeon, and afterwards as hospital surgeon in
important posts. He, also, heard his country's call for volun-
teer surgeons and readily took his place in camp and field.
He was, in all places, not only the good physician, but the true
man, sympathetic, genial, sincere and thoroughly upright.
John O. Cole, b. Sharon, Conn., Oct. 5, 1793; d. Albany,,
Jan. 4, 1878; came to this city in 1814; printer; studied law;
held office of police justice forty-four years ; a man of inflex-
ible integrity, and large public respect ; was always active in
the interest of public morals and public education; was pres.
of the Board of Education 20 years, and Supt. of Schools for
eight years previous to his death. Among his sons are
Addison D. and Charles W. of this city. The latter succeeds
his father as Supt. of Public Instruction.
Andrew J. Colvin is a lineal descendant, through his pater-
nal grandmother, from the Fullers of the Mayflower ; an
estimable citizen and lawyer. \^erplanck, Supt. of the Adi-
rondack Survey, is his son.
Charles D. Cooper, the 4th of 10 sons of Dr. Ananias
Cooper; b. Rhinebeck, N. Y. 1769; ancestors among the early
English Puritans of Mass. ; d. Albany, Jan. 30, 1831. Came
to Albany as physician in 1792; health officer, 179!- 98;,
interested himself in politics ; held offices of county clerk and
county juf'ge some years ; also Indian agent ; was Secetary
of State 1 81 7. Noted as a man of remarkable physical force
great influence and high sense of honor. Gen. John
Taylor Cooper of Albany, and Rev. Charles D. Cooper of
Philadelphia, are his sons.
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Erastus Corning, b. Norwich, Conn., Dec. 14, 1794; d.
Albany, April 8, 1872. Went to Troy in liardware store of
his uncle, Benjamin Smith, in 1807, and inherited most of his
estate. In 1814, came to Albany as clerk, where he, after a
few years, established the widely known and always prosper-
ous house of Erastus Corning & Co. ; was a leader for many
years, in the principal business enterprises of the city, such as
banks, canals and I'ailroads ; and held the most important
executive offices in them. He was alderman of the city, and
3 years a Mayor ; several years a member of state legislature ;
member of Congress 1857- 9, '61- '63, '65- '67 ; of the Lon-
don Peace Congress, in 1861 ; and delegate to the State Con-
stitutional Convention of 1867. In 1863, he retired from
business with a fortune estimated at five millions, to which his
son, Erastus, succeeded. He was large hearted and liberal ;
an unostentatious giver; a wise counselor ; a public benefactor.
Education, morals, charity, religion, all moved his activities.
He was held in affection and honor by the friends of these
Alonzo Crittenden, b. Richmond, Mass., d. Brooklyn, N.
Y., 1883; gr. Union, 1824; an eminent teacher; princ. of
Albany Female Acadamy 1826-45 ; after this, princ. of Packer
Institute, Brooklyn. He was one of the pioneers in the
movement favoring increased facilities for the higher education
of women in our country, and practically worked with this
purpose all his life.
Harry Croswell, b. W. Hartford, Conn., June 16, 1778 ; d.
New Haven, March 13, 1858. Was a pupil of Noah Webster ;
D. D. Trinity, 1831. In 1802, he came to Hudson; became
proprietor and editor of the Balance, and subsequently of the
Wasp. Was an intense federalist and wrote vigorously and
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severely against his political opponents. Hamilton's last
and greatest forensic effort was in his defense in a famous
political libel suit. In 1808, he came to Albany and estab-
lished another federal paper, an article in which led to
another prosecution for libel by his opponent, Solomon
Southwick, who recovered damages. Disgusted with politics
Mr. C. took orders in the Episcopal Church in 1814; preached
a short time at Hudson ; then became rector of Trinity
church, New Haven, which continued from 1815 until 1858.
Sherman Croswell, son of Rev. Harry C b. Hudson, N. Y.
1803; d. New Haven. Conn., March 3, 1859; g^'- Yale, 1822;
read law; came in 1826 to Albany, and was associated with
Edwin Croswell, as ed. the Argus until 1855. Was author
of Crosweirs Legislative Manual, which is still authority in the
N. Y. legislature.
William Croswell, son of Rev. Dr. Harry, b. Hudson, N.
Y. Nov. 7, 1804; d. Boston, Nov, 9, 1871 ; gr. Yale, 1822;
studied law and pursued literary labors at Albany ; then pur-
sued theological studies at New York and Hartford, editing
Christian li 'aU/iman a.t sa.me time; rector of Christ church,
Boston, 1829-40; St. Peters, Auburn N. Y., 1840-44;.
Church of the Advent, Boston, remainder of his life. His
poems and corresponcence pub. by his father in 1833, contain
some of the sweetest composition in our language. His life
was a beautiful example of self-denying charity and religious
devotion. D. D. Trinity, 1846.
Edwin Croswell, nephew of Rev. Dr. Harry, b. Catskill N.
Y., May 29, 1797; d. Princeton, N. J., June 13, 1871. Assis-
ted his father as ed. of the Catskill Recorder, supporting the
War of 18 1 2, and so managed it as to command much
notice. He took control of the Albany Argus in 1824,.
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changed it to a daily, and made it a leading organ of the
democratic party in New York State ; ranking high for the
signal ability with whicli it was conducted, all over the coun-
try. He retired in 1854. Was State printer, 1823- 40. His
literary publications are numerous, and his name and influence
as a journalist v/ill long remain.
Hooper Gumming, son of Gen. John N. Gumming, a Rev-
olutionary officer; b. Newark, N, J.; gr. Princeton, 1805;
studied theology at Andover ; was pastor of the Seceders'
church, as the 3rd Presb. church of Albany was then called,
from i8i7to'23; resigned and went to New York city as
pastor of United Presb. church; health failing, he went to
Charlestown, S. G., where he died in 1825. He was a man of
wonderful pulpit power, people of all classes thronging his
church to overflowing every Sabbath.
Charles Davies, b. Washington, Gonn., Jan. 28, 1798; ed.
at West Point, 1815; LL. D. Geneva, 1840. Early worked
on a farm with his father in St. Lawrence Go. Prof, at West
Point, 1816-37; at Trinity 1839-41; New York University
1848-49; Albany Normal School and Golumbia, 1857-65.
Was paymaster in the army, 1841-42. As a teacher of
mathematics and as author of a full series of mathematical
works for all grades of American Schools, he ranks unrivaled ;
d. Fishkill, N. Y., Sept. 17, 1876.
Amos Dean, descended from Walter, of Taunton ; b. Barn-
ard, Vt., Jan. 16, 1803; d. Albany, Jan. 26, 1868; gr. Union,
1826. Entering the profession of law, he came to Albany,
and as learned in legal knowledge, always held highest rank.
He was the real founder of the Albany Law School, aided by
Judges Harris and Parker; from its organization in 185 1,
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was its head professor and lecturer; also, filled the chair of
lecturer on medical jurisprudence in the Albany Medical Col-
lege from its opening in 1839. He projected the Young Men's
Association in 1833, and was its first president. Among his
many lectures and writings, the following are published : —
" Medical Jurisprudence, 1854, Phrenology, 1835, ^lanual of
Law, 1838, Philosophy of Human Life, 1839, History of
Civilization, 7 Vols., since his decease. He was held in high
estimation in all the stations filled by him ; an eminently useful
man. He was a trustee of the Albany Female Academy,
Dudley Observatory, and the State Normal School ; he lec-
tured several years in the Iowa University.
Capt. Stewart Dean fitted out the sloop, Experiement, 80
tons, in Albany, and made a voyage to Canton, China, starting
Dec. 1785, and returning April 1787, with a cargo of nankeens,
teas, silks, and 13 sets of china ware. It was a wonder in
that day and excited general interest, especially in Albany and
New York, He made several voyages to China subsequently,
Dean street preserves his name. He seems to have been born
in Conn. ; made A. his home many years, and died in New
York about 1845, ^ged 8^.
Philander Deming, of New England ancestry ; b. Schoharie,
N. Y., 1829; gr. Vt. University, 1861 ; and at Albany Law
School; became stenographic reporter to the N. Y. Supreme
Court, 1866; also legislative reporter; is the only Albany
contributor to the Atlantic Monthly, and has done and is
doing much literary work. He published Adirondack Stories.
Charles Devol ; parents from Westport, Mass. ; b. Schagh-
ticoke, N. Y., April 4, 1809; gr. M. D. at Fairfield, 1831 ;
came to Albany 1854; began to preach in 1836, as member
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Troy Conference, and has since preached in Albany and
many other places, and practiced medicine. He is a man of
varied knowledge, a prolific essay writer, an original thinker,
and a good man,
John A. Dix spent some years in Albany and made him-
self an interested and influential citizen. B. Boscawen, N. H.,
July 24, 1798 ; d. 1879 ^^^ eminent military service for his
country in the wars of 18 12 and 1861 ; was largely useful in the
Assembly and as chief executive of his adopted State of New
York; also, as its Secy, of State and Supt. of Schools; he
showed sagacious statemanship in the U. S. Senate, and wis-
dom in the Cabinet councils; he made a skillful diplomatist
abroad ; he has written well of his travels, in his state papers
and addresses. In this city his name is held in great honor
as a citizen, scholar, statesman, and patriot. His good fame
is national and European as well.
Lorenzo Dow preached in the early days of Methodism,
here in Albany, attracting, as everywhere, crowds of listeners.
B. Coventry, Conn., Oct. 16, 1777; d. Georgetown, D. C,
Feb. 2, 1834.
George Dummer, b. New Haven, Conn. Feb. 8, 1782; d.
Jersey City, N. J., Feb. 21, 1853 ; was a member of tlie firm
of Webb & Dummer in Albany, in a wholesale store, in 1807,
and did a prosperous business many years. He retired, and
after a brief residence in New York, removed, in 1825, to
Jer.-ey City, where he had erected two extensive factories,
one for the manufacture of flint glass, the other for making
China Ware. These works did much for the growth of Jersey
City. The glass factory never ceased its burning night and
day for 40 years. For many years Mr. D. was leading citizen
of the city, remarkable for his public spirit, common sense.
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liberality, and love for order, lor the useful and the good.
The laboring, people always found him their true friend.
William Durant, b. Middlefield, Mass. ; came to A. about
1813 ; d. Albany, 1845 ; produce merchant ; trustee of Albany
Savings Bank ; intelligent, energetic, successful, and liberal
in works of charity.
Clark Durant, b. Middlefield, Mass., came to A. in 1825;
bro. to William and in business with him ; d. New York,
1873 ; very generous ; gave $10,000 to the Albany Hospital ;
bought and sustained the " Bethel ;" gave the bell to the
3rdPresb. Church, etc. Was ist pres. of Board of Trade;
director of Commercial Bank, etc.
William C. Durant, nephew of W. and C, came to A.,
1843; engaged in milling and flour business. William b.
Albany, gr. Princeton, late pastor of 6th Presb. church,
Albany, is a son.
Homer Eaton; b. Enosburgh, Vt., 1834; D. D. Syracuse
Univ., 1879; from 1872- 74, pastor of Grace Meth. church,
Albany, and from 1867-79, presiding Elder of Albany district.
Was in 1872 and '80, member of General Conference, and in
1 88 1, delegate to the Ecumenical Council, London. Joel W.
Eaton is his brother.
Joel W. Eaton, b. Enosburgh, Vt., Sept. 26, 1831 ; gr.
Meth. Bib. Inst., 1855 ; D. D. Wesleyan Univ., 1881 ; mem-
ber of Troy Conference since 1857; and came as pastor of
Ashgrove church to Albany, 1881 ; has been army Chaplain,
member of General Conference, and contributed largely to
the religious literature of his church.
James W. Eaton, b. New Jersey, Aug. 22, 1817 ; his father
a native of N. H. ; came to Albany as contractor and builder
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in his early manhood; in 1874 was appointed by Gov, Dix,
Supt. of Construction of the State Capitol, which difficult
position he held with credit to himself and advantageously to
the State until 1883. Calvin W., lumber merchant, and James
W., lawyer, are his sons. -
Franklin Edson, b. Chester, Vt., April 5, 1832; came to
Albany in Feb. 1852, and joined his brother Cyrus in distil-
ling business. Here was director of State Bank, pres. Y. M.
A., and vestryman of St. Paul's. In 1866, went into produce
business in New York City. Has been prominent there in
business circles ; pres. of Produce Exchange ; bank director ;
school trustee. Was elected Mayor of N. Y. in 1882.
Isaac Edwards, b. Corinth, N. Y., Aug. 30, 1819; d.
Albany, Mar. 26, 1879; descended from good New England
parentage ; came to A. in 1838, and to the practice of law in
1843. With a clear, well balanced mind; accurate in knowl-
edge; patient in hearing and weighing; fearlessly just, he
became distinguished as a reference lawyer, and much em-
ployed as such, as well as in trusts and real estates. His
published works on " Bailments,'' " Bills and Notes," " Fac-
tors and Brokers,'' place him among the best legal writers in
the English language. For 12 years from 1867, he stood at
the head of the Albany Law School ; and, by his clear and
thorough instructions and wise management, added much to
its high standing.
Charles Lovering Elliot, of N, E. stock, b, Scipio, N. Y.,
Dec. 1812; d. Albany, Aug. 25, 1868. He devoted all his
leisure moments while clerk in a country store to his favorite
pursuits of drawing and painting. About 1834, became a
pupil of Trumbull. His first attempts at portrait painting
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were not successful. By perseverance he came, in his later
years, to rank as one of the first of American portrait painters.
Ebenezer Emmons, b. Middlefield, Mass., May i6, 1799;
d. Brunswick, N. C, Oct. i, 1863; gr. Williams; became M.
D. and a successful practitioner; prof, of Natural History at
Williams in 1833 ; made a report on Quadrupeds of Mass.,
and added much to the knowledge of botany, mineralogy and
geology in the northern States. In 1836 was engaged upon
the Geology of New York ; advanced his Taconic theory in
opposition to the received Silurian theory, which has since
been accepted ; removed to Albany in 1838, and became prof,
of Chemistry in Medical college ; began the geological Survey
of N. C. in 1858, and was kept from returning home by the
Rebellion. His reports on the Natural History of N. Y.,
and on the Geology and Agriculture of N. C. are very valua-
ble, as were, also, at the time, his text books on Mineralogy
Samuel Ware Fisher, b. Morristown, N. J., where his father
was a Presb. minister, April 5, 1814; d. College Hill, Ohio,
Jan. 18, 1874; gr. Yale; began preaching at W. Bloomfield,
N. J. ; came to Albany as pastor of fourth Presb. church,
1843; afterwards, pastor 11 years in Cincinnati, and eight
years pres. of Hamilton College ; finally, pastor in Utica. He
was among the ablest clergymen in the church ; clear, direct,
affluent and vigorous in style ; lofty in his themes ; manly and
eloquent in their utterance.
E. G. Folsom, b. Ashtabula Co., Ohio, May i, 1821 ; gr,
Oberlin, 1847; teacher of penmanship in public schools of
Cleveland, studying, first, theology and, then, medicine mean-
while; opened Folsom's Mercantile College in 185 1, m that
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city; came to Albany in 1862, and has since alone and with
partners, successfully conducted Folsom's Business College
here. He has had wide connections with several other simi-
lar colleges, and has published a valuable treatise on the
" Logic of Accounts." He is an earnest, systematic, faithful,
Ebenezer Foot, founder of Albany Female Academy, b.
Conn. ; a successful lawyer, practicing here in the early part
of this century ; d. July 21, 1814, a. 41 years. His only
daughter md. Lebbeus Booth, second principal of the
School. Samuel A. Foot, once a prominent lawyer here and
afterwards a State Senator and county judge, was a brother.
Amos Fowler, whose father was from Lebanon, Ct., b. Co-
hocton, N. Y., July 5, 1820; gr. M. D., from Univ. of New
York, 1846; came to Albany in 1849, ^^^^ ^^^^ since practiced
here. Warren H. Fowler, M. D., 1879, Jefferson Med. Col.,
is a son.
William Fowler, b. East Chester, W'estchester Co., N.
Y., Feb. 10, 1774: worked in manufacture of morocco in New
York City; came to Albany in 1793 ; lost by a great fire; was
started again chiefly by John Jacob Astor; md. Margaret Ste-
venson in 1796 ; was extensively engaged in wool and fur busi-
ness with Benjamin Knower; retired with a good estate in
1824; one of the founders of Mechanics and Farmers Bank in
181 1 ; a director till his death, Jan. 11, 1861. Rev. Philemon
Fowler of L^tica is a son.
Samuel H. Freeman, b. Hanover, N. H., Aug. 24, 1821;
gr. Dartmouth, 1843; gr. Alb. Med. Col., 1846; for twelve
years was associated with Dr. J. H. Armsby in practice ; con-
tinues practice in A. ; has twice been president of the County
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Medical Society, and is a member of curators of the Medical
College and of the State Societ}-.
William W. Frothingham, b. Hudson, N. Y., Sept. 21,
1796; d. Albany, Jan. 25, 1876; son of Hon. Thomas, of
Charlestown, Mass., an honored revolutionary patriot who
was a member of the X. Y. Senate, 1820 — 23, and d. at Sand
Lake, N. Y., 1827 ; a successful lawyer and esteemed citizen.
Worthington Frothingham, b. Albany, Feb. 23, 1832; son
of William W. ; a lawyer; for 20 years United States Circuit
Court Commissioner and Master in Chancery. Walter D.,
lawyer, is a son.
Elias Gates, b. Westmoreland, N. H., Sept. 7, 1801 ; came
to A., 1825 ; opened a bookstore in 1830, and, until 1861, was
chiefly engaged in this business at Troy and Albany, with
different partners. A man of intelligence and integrity, en-
joying universal respect.
Joseph E. Gavit, b. New York, Oct. 29, 1817; d. Stock-
bridge, Mass., Aug. 25, 1874. Settled in Albany, 1838;
banknote engraver from 1841 — 59; carried on an extensive
business in engraving in Albany ; went to N. Y. City in 1859,
and was instrumental in the formation of the American Bank
Note Co. ; became general superintendent, vice president,
and from 1866, president of the Co. Devoted much of his
time to the practical study of natural history and microscopy,
in which he acquired extensive and critical knowledge, and
remarkable skill. Was president of N. Y. Microscopical
Society. His son Joseph is carrying on the work of engraving
Horace Goodrich, gr. Union, 1814; first prin, of Albany
Female Academy ; d. Albany, 1815; good classical scholar;
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fond of music; beloved by his patrons. He was of N. E.
Thomas Gould, came here from R. I., and carried on the
hardware business, about 1790. At first his brother, Job
Gould, and Benjamin Dickinson were associated with him.
After 1798, each of the Goulds carried on the same business
separately ; both acquired fortunes. Thomas d. April 22, 1820.
Matthew Gregory, b. Wilton, Conn., Aug. 21, 1757; d.
Albany, June 4, 1848. He held commissions, and served
with honor during the whole war of the revolution ; came to
Waterford, N. Y., 1791, and kept a small inn; and to Albany,
in 1803, in charge of the "Tontine," then the great hotel of
the city; became proprietor of the " Eagle Tavern" in 1806;
and having acquired a fortune, in 18 14, bought and occupied
for thirty-five years the " Congress Hall" property. He was a
useful citizen, supporting all good objects ; prudent in his
affairs ; neat, orderly, exact and prompt in all that he under-
took. He was always connected, in some official position,
with local matters of business, religion and benevolence.
Silvester Hale,b. Dalton, Mass,, April 8, 1804; d. Albany,
Aug. 27, i88r ; came to Albany 1836, and carried on a large
wholesale flour and grain business ; served as bank director,
as president of Board of Trade, and for nearly thirty years, as
elder in the 4th Presb. church. His sons are William H., gr.
Yale, i860, Ph. D., 1863, a lawyer, and Lorenzo, M. D.
Matthew Hale, b. Chelsea, Vt., June 20, 1829; gr. Vt.
University, 1851 ; 1867-8, State Senator from Essex County;
settled in Albany, 1868, and is a leading member of the bar,
and a prominent citizen.
James Hall, b. Hingham, Mass., Sept. 12, 181 1; studied
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natural sciences at the Rensselaer Polytechnic School, Troy,
N, Y., 1831-36. Appointed one of the New York State
geologists; he has resided in Albany since 1837, when he
began to survey the western district of the state, publishing
the results in 1843. Giving now special attention to paleozoic
formations ; he published 3 vols, on the "Paleontology of New
York," in 1847-59, ^^^ i^ still engaged in this kind of work.
He is also director of the State Museum of Natural History,
the establishment, arrangement and great value of which are
very largely due to his science, industry and skill. He has,
also, assisted in the Canadian survey, and been State Surveyor
in Wisconsin and Iowa. He has been honored by many Euro-
pean and American scientific societies ; has contributed to
their " Transactions," and written many of the government
papers on fossils. His facts and opinions are known and
valued wherever science is known and valued.
JabezD. Hammond, b. New Bedford, Mass., Aug. 2, 1778;
d. at Cherry Valley, N. Y., Aug. i8, 1855 ; taught school at 15 ;
practiced medicine in Reading, Vt., when 21 ; settled in the
practice of law in Cherry Valley, in 1805 ; was M. C, 1815-17 ;
State Senator, 1817-21 ; a practicing lawyer in Albany, 1822-
30; commissioner to settle N. Y. claims vs. U. States, 1825-
6; visited Europe 1831; returned to Cherry Valley; was
County Judge in 1838. He is author of "Political History
of N. Y.," 2 vols. ; '• Life and Times of Silas Wright," and
Ira Harris, b. Charleston, N. Y., May 31, 1802 ; d. Albany,
Dec. 2, 1875; descended from one of the colonists who fol-
lowed Roger Williams; gr. Union, 1824; came to Albany as
student, under Ambrose Spencer; began his eminent legal
career in 1827 ; member of Assembly, 1844-45 ; of State Con-
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stitutional Convention, 1846-67; Judge of Supreme Court,
1847-59; U. S. Senator, 1861-67. As a legislator he was
vigilant and discreet ; as jurist, impartial and learned; as a
statesman, always for country as above party. He was known,
honored, and useful in the cause of liberal learning, having
been for many years president of trustees of Union, a
trustee of Vassar, and chancellor of Rochester, beside several
similar trusts of a local character. For several years he was
an esteemed lecturer in the Albany Law School, and president
of trustees of the Medical School. . He left a great and good
name. Hon. Hamilton Harris, of this city, late State Sen-
ator, is a brother.
Hamilton Harris, b. Preble, N. Y., May 21, 1821 ; of R. I.
ancestry ; fitted for college at Homer and Albany ; gr. Union,
1841 ; came to the Albany bar in 1845; practiced ever since
here; was member of Assembly in 1851 ; District Attorney,
1853; chairman of Republican State Committee, 1864-70;
president of Capitol Commission, 1866-75 5 State Senator,
1875-79. He cultivates literature; is a good writer and
speaker, an able lawyer, a shrewd politician, skilled in organ-
izing and leadinf^. His popularity has enabled him to over-
come large opposition majorities, and succeed where others
have failed. Frederick, Union, 1875, ^ lawyer, is his son.
Gideon Hawley, b. Huntington, Conn., Sept. 26, 1785; d.
Albany, July 17, 1870; gr. Union, 1809 ; LL.D. Rutgers, 1834.
His home was in Saratoga Co. from 1794 until he was admitted
to the bar as a lawyer, in 181?, whei_ he settled in Albany.
His tastes were for literature and science. He early and
always took a lively interest in education of the masses. He
held the office of State Supt. of Schools, 1813-18; Secretary
of the Board of Regents, 1814-41 ; and regent of Smithsonian
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Institute, 1846-70. "Essays in Truth and Knowledge," is
his only printed work outside of official papers. He was regent
from 1842; and Trustee of State Normal School, Albany
Academy, and Albany Female Academy, many years. "To
no individual in the State are the friends of common school
education more deeply indebted for the impetus given to the
cause of elementary instruction in its infancy, than to Gideon
Hawley.'" This may be, after a long and steadily useful life in
many positions, his highest praise.
Henry A. Homes, b. Boston, Mass., March 10, 1812; gr.
Amherst, 1830; studied theology at Andover, and medi-
cine at Yale. From 1S36-50, he was in the American
Missionary work at Constantinople, followed by some three
years in the American Legation, and as Charge d' Affaires
at the Porte. He has been a resident of Albany since 1854,
as assistant librarian or as librarian of the State Library.
For his present position as chief librarian, he is eminently
fitted by scholarship, cultivated tastes, and habits of research.
His contributions to^ literature are varied in subject, and
valuable to the librarian, the historian and the antiquarian.
LL. D. Columbia, 1873.
Friend Humphrey, b. Simsbury, Conn., 1787; came to
Albany 181 1; d. March 15, 1854; leather merchant ; Mayor
1843; very energetic ; a very popular Mayor and most useful
citizen. Gen. Chauncey Humphrey was a brother.
Isaac and George Hutton acquired wealth here in the manu-
farture and sale of jewelry and silver ware. They afterwards
embarked in the less successful business of cotton manufac-
ture. Isaac d. at Stuyvesant Landing, Sept. 8, 1855, aged
68; George d. at Rhinebeck. They held prominent posi-
tions in business institutions here.
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Elisha Jenkins, of New England stock; his early life
was spent in Hudson, N. Y. ; liberally educated ; pursued a
mercantile life until he became wealthy ; came to Albany about
1801 ; was State Comptroller, 180 1-6, and Secretary of State
three years: and Mayor of the city, 1814-19. He also filled
many minor offices, and had great influence in promoting the
growth of the city. He was a man of excellent sense ; a
gentl'eman in every walk of life, and carried with him into
public life amenity of manners, strict integrity, and the best
of business habits.
Edmund L. Judson, b. Albany, Nov. 13, 1830; s. of
Ichabod L., whom he succeeded in the provision trade, 31
years ago. Was Alderman of the city, 1862-66, and Mayor,
1874-76, Nathaniel, who came here in 1796, was his grand-
sire, and Albert C, late County Clerk, is his brother.
James Kent, grandson of Rev. Elisha Kent, of Suffield,
Conn.; b. Philippi, N. Y., July 31, 1763; spent his youth in
Fairfield Co,, Conn. ; d. New York City, Dec. 12, 1847; g^-
Yale, 1781 ; LL.D., Columbia, 1797. After coming to the
bar, 1787, he practiced in Poughkeepsie until 1793; went to
New York City; became prof, of law in Columbia; City
Recorder in 1797 ; Judge of Supreme Court, 1798 ; Chief Jus-
tice, 1804; Chancellor, 1814-23. Resided in Albany during
most of these last, and somie subsequent years, and repre-
sented the Co. in the Const. Convention of 182 1. Returning
to New York City, he was prof, of law in Columbia in 1824;
and in 1826-30, published his great work, '♦ Commentaries on
American Law," in 4 vols. His rank as a jurist and legal
writer, and his valuable public service, are well known.
Austin H. Kibbee, of Conn, parentage; b. Maiden N. Y.,
April 22, 1822 ; came to Albany in 1845 ? ^^ charge of machin-
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ery of Jagger Iron Works, eight years ; and has, since 1858,
beeo in the lumber trade ; has been very active in church and
Sunday-school work ; was Supt. Cong. Sab. School 24 years f
and is now, for 13 years, pres, of directors of House of Shelter,
and a promoter of other good works ; also an Alderman.
George Kilbourn, b. Hartford, Conn., July 6, 1792; lived
40 years in Albany ; a drum maker. James, the third of his
ten children, b. Albany, March 22, 1820; died Aug. 11, 1881 ;
carpenter by trade, and gloried in his'calling ; but was regarded
as one of the most remarkable natural orators of the State,
especially in political campaigns. He canvassed the State
several times, drawing crowds, always arousing the greatest
enthusiasm, by his strong logic and stirring eloquence. He
sought no office; but was an honest man and a true patriot.
Rufus King, son of Charles, and grandson of the eminent
statesman, Rufus; b. New York City, Jan. 26, 1814; gr. at
West Point, 1833 ; engineer of construction at Fortress Mon-
roe ; also in N. Y. & Erie Railroad ; came to Albany as writer
on the Evening Journal \ afterwards edited Daily Advertiser.
Appointed Adj. Gen. of N. Y., by Gen. Seward; was School
Commissioner for Albany Co. Removing to Milwaukee, he
edited the 6"^?;///;/^/. In 1861, appointed Minister to Rome;
but remained in the country, and did important service in the
Union cause. In 1867 he went to Rome; d. Oct. 13, 1876.
Rufus H. King, b. Ridgefield, Conn., 1795; d. Albany,
July 9, 1867. His father, Gen. Joshua King, was a distin-
guished officer in the Revolutionary War. Came to Albany in
1806 ; clerk in retail dry goods store of Bogart & McHarg ; in
181 5, became one of the firm of McHarg & King; afterwards
R. H. King & Co., wholesale dealers ; did immense business,
and acquired a colossal fortune. Taking a lively interest in
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public affairs, and active in promoting worthy enterprises, he
declined political office ; but was one of the most trusted and
influential in financial circles, holding offices as director in
banks, insurance Cos., board of trade, etc. From 1840-67,
was president of State Bank. The late Col. Henry L. King,
J. Howard King, now president of State Bank, and a leading
citizen, and Gen. Rufus H. King, are his sons ; and Mrs. Gen.
Franklin Townsend, his daughter.
Benjamin Knower was from Mass., and resided in Albany
nearly 40 years. He came here a hatter, and also carried on
extensive mercantile operations. He was remarkable as a
friend to the 3-oung men in his employ, helping them, as a duty
and a pleasure, in their start in business life. His business
capacity was unsurpassed, carrying it into every worthy public
enterprise, and carrying on all his undertakings with an unsul-
lied reputation for good sense and integrity. He was one of
the founders of the Mechanics and Farmers Bank, and its
president many years. From 182 1 to 1824, he was State
treasurer. As a mechanic he was confessedly- at the head ;
and by his active co-operation in founding and carrying on, for
many years, the Mechanics Institute, and the Uranian School
for the children of mechanics, did much to elevate this useful
-class of citizens in his day. He died Aug. 23, 1839, a. 64.
Dyer Lathrop, b. Bozrah, Conn., May 4, 1788; d. Albany,
April 18, 1855 : came to A. in 181 1 ; merchant until his death.
A man of great industry, solid sense, universally respected ;
very benevolent; was one of the founders and constant sup-
porters of the Orphan Asylum, a leading charity of the city,
and for 24 years its treasurer.
Daniel S. Lathrop, b. Albany, April 13, 1825 ; d. 1883 ; was
his eldest son ; as a business man successful, and widely and
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William L. Learned, b. New London, Conn,, July 24, 1821 ;
gr. Yale, with salutatory honor, 1841 ; ad. to bar 1844; came
to Albany soon after; had Gilbert L. Wilson, James C. Cook,
and Rufus G, Beardslee, as law partners ; app. Justice of
Supreme Court, by Gov. Hoffman, 1870, in place of Judge
Peckham, deceased ; elected, in fall of 1870, Judge of Supreme
Court for a term of 14 years ; made Pres. Justice of 3d judicial
department in 1875 ; professor in Albany Law School now for
several years ; president of trustees of Albany Female Acad-
emy; LL.D., Yale, 1878. John De Witt Peltz, lawyer,
married a daughter.
Noah Levings, b. Cheshire Co., N. H., Sept. 29, 1796; d.
Cincinnati, Jan. 9, 1849; ^- ^- Union ; came to Troy, N. Y.,
as a blacksmith, when 16; began to preach at 21 ; ministered
in very many towns and cities ; at Albany, 1840. One of the
leaders of the Methodist church in this vicinity in his time.
Robert Lewis kept the most popular tavern in his day, cor.
of what is now So. Pearl and State St. ; d. June 17, 1798;
succeeded by his son, Stewart. It was the resort of the lead-
ing citizens, and of all distinguished visitors of that day.
John Lovett, b. Conn. ; gr. Yale, 1782 ; attempted a school
in Albany soon after ; read law ; resided as tutor and land
agent at Ft. Miller ; then at Lansingburgh ; member of Assem-
bly, 1800-1-7; returned to A. in 1812; was on the staff of
Gen. Van Rensselaer; member of 13th Congress ; afterwards
went to Ohio ; was interested in the first steamboat on Lake
Erie; d. Ft. Meigs, Ohio, Aug., 1818.
Addison Low, b. Shrewsbury, Vt., Nov. 21, 1809; d. Al-
bany, Aug. I, 1883. Came here in 1822; father carried on
furnace and machinery business. In 1865 he was appointed.
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by Prest. Johnson, local inspector of steamboats; subse-
quently supervising inspector of steamers in the waters from
Cape May to Portland, Me., including Philadelphia, New York
and Boston. He aided in the construction of the present
laws in regard to steamboats. Resigned in 1879, and after-
wards acted as consulting mechanical engineer and designer
of engines. W. G. Low and W. H. Low are his brothers,
and William, the artist, is a son. His daughter Mary is wife
of Judge Danaher.
Jonathan Lyman, b. Derby, Conn., June 7, 1786; d. Scho-
dack Landing, N, Y., Dec. 5, 1856; came to A. 1815; archi-
tect and builder; superintended building old City Hall, old
State House, and Female Academy ; was a man of sterling
qualities of mind and heart. His son, Charles R. Lyman, b.
Albany, 1818; assistant city surveyor ; flour merchant ; Mary
Augusta, teacher in Female Academy, is a granddaughter.
Henry Strong McCall, b. Lebanon, Conn., Feb. 14, 1819;
gr. Yale, 1842. Came to Albany as principal of Boys' Col-
legiate Institute, located on Broadway, and taught and read
law until 1847, when he was admitted to the bar. He has
ever since resided and practiced law in this city; was county
Superintendent of Schools in 1847, and has been actively
identified with the advancement of the public schools of this
city. Was city Attorney from 1854 to 1856. He was active
in founding the Congregational Church in 1850, and has
always been the clerk and held other offices in it. In 1851,
he published " Notes to the N. Y. Civil Procedure," which
has had 3 editions; in i860 " the Clerks' Assistant," which
has reached 3 editions ; in 1862 "the Constable's Guide," of
which 3 editions have been issued; in 1865, the " New York
Civil and Criminal Justice," of which the 5th edition has been
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published; and in 1883, a work of 400 pp, on " Real Prop-
erty." " His writings are used by a larger number of lawyers
than those of any author engaged in the active duties of the
profession." He has been, since 1879, ^ lecturer in the Albany
Law school. As an upright, sound, clear headed lawyer, he
has no superior. Henry S. McCall, Jr., lawyer, is a son.
Stuart McKissick, b. Saco, Me., Nov. 27, 1807 ; d. Albany,
Aug. 29, 1882; came to this State in 1816; a long time en-
gaged in the transportation and commission business in Onon-
daga Co., and in Troy and Albany; later, dealer in flour and
produce ; held important business trusts here in banking and
mercantile organizations, and as member of the school board,
and of the Presbyterian Church.
Elisha Mack, b. Middlefield, Mass., Sept. 26, 1784; d. Al-
bany, Nov. 24, 1854; general merchandise; a very worthy
man. Elisha Mack, son of Elisha, b. Windsor, Mass., Feb.
7, 181 1 ; came to A. 1816; clerk for his father; police officer
from 1838, about 30 years, when Loveridge, Kane and Cole
were police justices ; and was always regarded as a remarkably
skillful detective of crime, and a most reliable man in any
position in which he was placed. Many very dark and impor-
tant cases were brought to light by him, in the interest of jus-
tice and public order.
Elisha L. Magoon, b. Lebanon, N. H., Oct. 20, 1810; early
a brick layer; ord. Baptist preacher 1840; preached as pastor
in Richmond, Va., Cincinnati, New York and Philadelphia;
settled in Albany as pastor ist Baptist ch. 1857. His ministry
is one of power; his public influence decided for every good
work. Has published " Orators of American Revolution," and
several other works bearing on eloquence, religion and patri-
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Alden March, b. Sutton, Mass., Sept., 1795; d. Albany,
June 17, 1869; gr. Brown Med. School, 1820; began practice
in Albany, 1820; in 1821 began a private school of medicine
and surgery, which he continued until the Albany Med. Coll.
was founded, in 1839. Of this, and of the Albany Hospital,
he was one of the founders, and the recognized head as long
as he lived. He was a quick and skillful surgeon, and made
many important improvements. He devoted himself to his
profession, and was regarded as unsurpassed in surgery in this
country. As an example of his zeal, he selected and took
from Boston in a wagon, his anatomical illustrations for his
private school. At this time there were only one hospital and
two medical schools in the State. The admirable system of
college clinics is due to him. As a citizen, he had all the ele-
ments of a public-spirited. Christian manhood. Henry, ]\I.D.,
Albany, is his son.
Five brothers, born in Lyme, Conn., — Uriah, John, William,
Alexander and Richard Marvin, — came here about the year
1800 ; and three of them carried on in partnership, with some
changes, the grocery business for more than 40 years, with
great success. They were William, who retired in 1828, and
d. New London, Conn., IMay 19, 1849 ^ged 74; John, who
retired 1822, and d. Albany, May 8, 1853; and Alexander,
who retired in 1842, and d. Albany, Sept. i, 1864, in his 8oth
Thomas Mather came from Lyme, Conn., and opened a
store early in the present century ; later had a mill on Wynants-
kill, and dealt in flour and grain ; and finally carried on busi-
ness with the West Indies, from Middletown, Conn., where
he died at an advanced age, about 1850. He was one of the
first directors of the New York State Bank. Elias and Sam-
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uel, also merchants in Albany, were his brothers, and the
present enterprising and successful mercantile firm members of
of Mather Bros, are grandsons.
Arthur D. Mayo, b. Warwick, Mass., Jan. 31, 1823; stud-
ied at Amherst, and with Dr. H. Ballou ; preached in Glouces-
ter, Mass., Cleveland and Cincinnati, O., and Springfield,
Mass, In 1855, came to Albany, as pastor of Unitarian Soci-
ety. He is a fine writer, and has published several interesting
addresses and other writings. His educational papers are
pointed and valuable.
William L. Marc}^ b. Southbridge, Mass., Dec. 12, 1786; d.
Ballston, N. Y., July 4, 1857: gr. Brown, 1808; taught
school ; studied law ; practiced in Troy ; distinguished him-
self in the war of 1812; Adj. Gen. 1821 ; State Comptroller
1823; Judge of Supreme Court 1829; U. S. Senator 1831;
Governor of New York 1833-9; U. S. Secy, of War 1845-49;
U. S. Secy, of State 1853-7. He resided in Albany many
years, as a public officer and valued citizen. He was a scholar,
a statesman, a writer, and a diplomatist of remarkable ability.
Simple in his habits, a hard worker and faithful man, emi-
nently useful to his country and his kind. His grave is in
the Rural Cemetery.
Nathaniel C. Moak descended from the Clevelands of Wo-
burn, Mass.; b. Schoharie Co., Oct. 3, 1833; studied law;
admitted to practice, 1856; has practiced in Cherry Valley and
Oneonta; came to A. in 1867 ; Dist. Atty. 1872; has been en-
gaged in many important criminal trials ; is a great worker
and student ; has a library valued at $50,000 ; is much engaged
in editing law works ; has already published some thirty
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Joel Munsell, b. Northfield, Mass., April 14, 1808; d. Al-
bany, Jan. 15, 1880. Came to Albany as a printer, in 1827.
He was a remarkably busy man ; a first-class printer ; a patient
and judicious compiler and editor, with exceeding fondness
for American history and antiquities. For the preservation,
by the printer's art, of local and documentary history, all
American historians will always be indebted to him. He pub-
lished and edited the New York State Mechanic, The Unionist,
Albany State Register, Statesjnan, and Mortiing Express ;
also, Albany Annals, 10 vols. ; Historical Collections, 4 vols. ;
" History of Printing; " " Paper and Paper Making ; " •' His-
torical Papers," 10 vols.; and numerous smaller works. His
invaluable aid by counsel, annotations and type work has
contributed greatly to the literary merit and mechanical beauty
of many works in genealogy, antiquities, biography and his-
tory bearing his imprint. For many years he was a leading
spirit in the Albany Institute.
Eliphalet Nott, b. Ashford, Conn., June 25, 1773 ; d. Sche-
nectady, N. Y., Jan. 29, 1866; gr. Brown, 1795 ; D.D. Prince-
ton, 1805 ; began to preach in 1795; preached and taught at
Cherry Valley, N, Y. ; was first native New England pastor in
Albany, being pastor of ist Presb. church from 1798- 1804.
Asa preacher he was regarded as very eloquent, attracting
large congregations. As a citizen, interested in every good
work, he commanded profound respect and great influence.
From 1804 until his decease, he was the popular president of
Union College, leaving a deep and abiding impress on hun-
dreds of young men. In this position his usefulness to Albany
was inestimable, because very many of its "boy.: " were placed
under his instruction. He was a practical man, as shown in
his improvements in stoves, the benefits of which all buildings
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warmed by them still enjoy. Many of his writings are pub-
lished ; but his great life work was written in the imperishable
minds of young men.
Thomas W. Olcott, son of Josiah, of Stratford, Conn. ; b.
Hudson, N. Y., May 22, 1795; d. Albany, Mar. 23, 1880.
Came to A. as clerk in the Mechanics' and Farmers' Bank, at
its opening, July 29, 181 1, and continued, as cashier, from July,
1817; as president from June, 1836. During his long career
as banker, for nearly 70 years, with singular devotion, he at-
tained a reputation as bank financier second to no one in the
country; and left large wealth, and a name greatly honored
for benevolent deeds, broad public spirit, and exalted integrity.
In 1863 he declined a flattering offer from Pres. Lincoln, of
the position of the first Comptroller of the Currency. He
declined all public office, except such as related to the promo-
tion of education, or other local interests. He leaves one
daughter and five sons, Dudley and John J. now president
and vice president of the M. and F. Bank; Frederic P. late
State Comptroller; and Alexander and Theodore, of Corning,
David Perkins Page, b. Epping, N. H., July 4, 1810; d.
Albany, N. Y., Jan. i, 1848; attended Hampton Academy a
short time ; began to teach district schools ; at 21 was princi-
pal of English department of Newburyport High School,
where he spent 12 years of severe study and faithful, discrimi-
nating labor, and gained a reputation that made him first
principal of Albany Normal School. His labors for nearly
4 years assured the " experiment" a success, and gave the
institution a lease of life which it still holds in vigor; and
gave himself a name among American teachers that cannot
die. The " Elementary Chart of Vocal Sounds," and " Theory
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and Practice of Teaching/' are his printed works. He was
buried in the cemetery at Newburyport.
Erastus D. Palmer, of New England descent ; b. Pompey,
N. Y., April 2, 1817. A carpenter until 29; a cameo-cutter
until 35 ; he came to Albany and became a sculptor. He has
never studied abroad, but has produced over 100 works in
marble, which have secured a foremost rank among American
sculptors. Among them are "Infant Ceres,"' "The Sleeping
Peri," " The Little Peasant," " The White Captive," " Resig-
nation," " Spring," " The Infant Flora," and " The Angel at
the Sepulchre ;" together with bas reliefs, and " Landing of
the Pilgrims;" and 15 statues intended for the Capitol at
Ray Palmer, b. Little Compton, R. I., 1808 ; gr. Yale, 1830.
D.D., Union, 1852; pastor in Bath, Me., 1835-50; and first
pastor of the Congregational Church, Albany, 1850-65. His
work here was laying foundations, and he laid them well. He
has since been Secy, of Am. Cong. Union, New York. He
has written many lyric hymns and other verse, some of which
will always be sung in the churches. He has also published
many sermons, addresses, religious books and memoirs.
William Parm-elee, b. Lansingburgh, N. Y., 1807 ; d. Albany.
Mar. 15, 1856; gr. Yale, 1826; practiced law in Albany from
1830; City Attorney 1836; County Judge 1839, ^"^ 1847-52;
City Recorder 1840-46 ; Mayor 1846 and 1855. He died while
yet holding this office. He married Helen, daughter of Dr.
T. Romeyn Beck.
John Davis Parsons, b. East Hampton, L. I., April 27,
1815 ; of Puritan ancestry; came to Albany early in life, and
as the managing member of the printing, binding and publish-
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ing house of Weed, Parsons & Co., is widely and favorably
known. Much of the State printing and best law printing is
done by this house.
L. Sprague Parsons, b. Walcott, Conn., May i6, 1809; gr.
Yale, 1837; principal of Albany Female Academy, 1845-55;
had previously taught 6 years in a select school here; d. Co-
hoes, N. Y., Apr. 27, 1864.
Rufus W. Peckham, of Rhode Island ancestry; b. Rensse-
laerville, N. Y., Dec. 20, 1809; drowned on the sea-wrecked
steamer, Ville du Havre, Nov. 22, 1873; g^- Union, 1827;
district attorney for Albany Co., 1838-41 ; Judge of Supreme
Court 1859, ^^^ re-elected in 1867 without opposition; elected
Associate Judge of Court of Appeals for a term of 14 years,
1870; 1852-54, member of Congress. With a clear head,
strong assertion of honest convictions, and commanding pres-
ence, he was powerful as an advocate ; with learning, and keen
sense of justice added, he made an eminent judge ; and was,
withal, too independent and patriotic to be a partisan.
Wheeler H., of New York, and Rufus W., of Albany, recently
elected to the Supreme Court Bench, are his sons.
Eli Perry, of Connecticut ancestry; b. Johnstown, N. Y.
1802; d. Albany, May 17, 1881. Mayor of Albany 6 years;
M. C. 2 years; very influential in civil affairs and financial
circles, and did much good with his wealth.
John S. Perry, b. Dec. 17, 1815, in Farmington, Ct. ; came
to Albany in 1830, as clerk in crockery store of H. & C. Webb
& Co. ; in 1843 ^vent into the manufacture of stoves and ma-
chinery; 10 years later confined his business to improving,
making and selling stoves, which, with different partners, he
has continued ever since, with remarkable success. Since
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1864 his partners have been his cousin, Nathan B. Perry, and
Andrew Dickey, from Wilton, N. H. Their annual product
of stoves has gone up, in 40 years, from 500 tons to 12,000
tons, now exceeding any other foundry in the world. Mr. P.
was the first to introduce the base burner, which has culmi-
nated in the argand burner, which has revolutionized the
coal-heating stoves of this country. He was for 3 years pres.
of the U. S. National Asso. of Stove Manufacturers, which he
helped organize He is prominent in the financial and re-
ligious organizations of the city.
Amasa J. Parker, son of Rev. Daniel; b. Sharon, Conn.,
June 2, 1807; gr. Union, 1825; LL.D. Geneva, 1845; prin.
Hudson Academy at 16; ad. to bar in 1828; practiced at
Delhi until 1844, when he came to Albany ; member of Assem-
bly 1834; regent 1835; jM- C. 1836-40; Circuit judge and
Vice Chancellor, 1844-47; Judge of Supreme Court, 1847-55;
of Court of Appeals, 1854: many years lecturer in Albany
Law School, of which, with Dean and Harris, he was a founder.
Memb. State Const. Conv., 1867; twice dem. candidate for
Governor. Has largely interested himself in education ; trus-
tee of, Cornell, of Albany Med. Coll., and Female Academy.
Of fine culture, broad views, independent conviction, and
careful and accurate legal knowledge, he is widely known and
highly esteemed for his learning, wisdom and integrity. Col.
Amasa J,, lawyer, is his son.
George R. Perkins, born of New England stock, Otsego
Co., N. Y., May 3, 1812. LL.D. Hamilton, 1852; taught at
Clinton Institute, 1831-38; at Utica Academy, 1838-44; in
Albany Normal School, 1844-52, of which he was principal 4
years. Superintended the building of Dudley Observatory,
and was, in 1858, asst. eng. and surv. of the State. He was
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author of a text book on astronomy, and of a series of math-
ematical text books ; a large contributor to educational jour-
nals; d. Aug. 22, 1876.
Amos Pilsbury, son of the best prison warden of his time,
Moses C. Pilsbury, of the N. H. and Conn. State Prisons, was
born Londonderry, N. H., Feb. 8, 1805; d. Albany, July,
1873. Was deputy under his father at Concord, N. H,, and
Wethersfield, Conn. After his long and successful service at
Albany Co. Penitentiary, he resigned his position and went
to London, in 1872, under appointment from Gov. Hoffman,
as Commissioner to the International Penitentiary Congress,
and made an able report to the State on his return. Few
men have lived more useful lives, or left a more honored
Louis D. Pilsbury, son of Amos, was born at Wethersfield,
Conn., and as Superintendent fully sustained the high name
of the Penitentiary, which his father had given it. He has
held until recently, the position of State Superintendent of
Ananias Piatt, kept Tontine Coffee House three years, clos-
ing with May, 1801 ; had kept a public house in Lansingburg,
and was a pioneer stage proprietor of line from Albany to that
town; d. April 10, 1842, a. 80.
Charles H. Porter descended from one of the oldest and
most respectable of N. E. families ; is a scholarly gentleman,
a leading phN-sician in Albany; and for some years, one of
the faculty of the Medical College.
Horatio Potter, of N. E. ancestry; b. La Grange, N. Y.,
Feb. 9, 1802: bro. of Bishop Alonzo ; gr. Union, 1826;
D.D. Trinity; LL.D. Geneva; D. C. L. Oxford; Rector of
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St. Peter's, Albany, 1833-54, where he was emuiently hon-
ored and useful; cons, provis. bishop of New York in 1854,
and became bishop of the diocese in 1861. Is father of the
late Hon. Clarkson Potter, and of Eliphalet Nott Potter, pres-
ident of Union College. Bishop P. md. the only dau. of
Daniel J. Pratt descended from William, of Saybrook, Ct. ;
b. Westmoreland, N. Y., Mar. 8, 1827; gr. Hamilton, 1851;
principal of Fredonia Academy, 1854-64; Assistant Secretary
of Board of Regents since 1866 ; Secretary of Albany Institute
since 1869. Besides the most assiduous and intelligent devo-
tion to his official duties, he has done a great amount of col-
lateral faithful work, as author or editor of valuable reports,
essays, and other contributions to the educational and histor-
ical literature of the State. The suggestion, systematizing,
and practical working of the Board of Regents, are largely
due to his patient industry.
Harmon Pumpelly, b. Salisbury, Conn., Aug. i, 1795; d.
Albany, Sept., 28, 1882. After spending his earlier life in
Tioga Co., as land surveyor and agent for large land holders,
and laying foundations for fortune himself, he came to Albany,
in 1841, where his business forethought, promptness and in-
tegrity were in requisition until his death. He had been, for
many years, president of the Albany Savings Bank, Albany
Insurance Co., and Albany Gas Light Co., and filled other
important trusts in the city, especially in St. Peter's church.
Mrs. James Kidd, and Mrs. John Meredith Read, are his
Elisha Putnam, nephew of Gen. Israel; b. Button, Mass.;
md. daughter of Capt. Stephen W. Johnson, of the " Boston
Tea Party." Came to A. about 1790; architect and builder;
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put Up first nail machine in this vicinity; first to propose
carrying water in iron pipes ; patented hooped stave race-
way for mills; Supt. of City Water Works about iSoo; built
St Peter's, North Dutch, and old ist Presb. churches; engi-
neer, about 1820, on Erie Canal; long an elder in the Presb.
church. After 70 years old, wrote and published " Crisis ; or
the last trumpet; " d. Feb. 11. 1854, a. 89.
Jared L. Rathbone, b. Salem, Conn.; d. Albany; carried
on a stove foundry; was an Alderman, and also Mayor of the
John F. Rathbone, b. Albany, Oct. 9, 1819. After some
time as student and clerk, he went into the foundry business,
in 1840; built a stove foundry in 1845, ^^^ is now at the
head of one of the largest in the world, under firm name of
Rathbone, Sard & Co. In 1861-7, he was Brig. Gen. of 9th
Brigade of National Guards, and commander of forces sent
into the military service in the civil war; 35 regiments were
sent forward by him. He founded the Rathbone Library of
the University of Rochester.
Matthew H. Read, b. New Haven, Conn., Sept. 2, 1803; d.
Albany, Sept. 6, 1883 ; came to this city about 1830; engaged
in the flour and grain trade, retiring in i860. Was prominent
in commercial circles ; president of First National Bank since
1869; leaves four sons and three daughters.
Marcus T. Reynolds, of Connecticut ancestry; d. Albany,
July II, 1865; a distinguished lawyer; represented the city in
the State Legislature; was actively interested in the Albany
Hospital, Orphan Asylum, and other humane institutions;
also in the railroad enterprises that centered in the city; was
a highly useful and respected citizen. Dexter Reynolds, law-
yer, is a son, and Marcus T. and Leonard Hun, lawyers, are
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Charles A. Robertson, son of Conn, and Mass. parents; b.
Mobile, Ala.; gr. Harvard, 1850; studied medicine at Boston
and Philadelphia; settled in Albany, and rapidly rose in his
profession, making the eye and ear a specialty. Was tal-
ented, public-spirited, and of restless energy; wrote much,
and to the point; prest. of Y. M. A., and member of school
board; d. iSTg,
Ebenezer Piatt Rogers, b. Dec. 18, 1817; d. Montclair,
N. J., Oct. 22, 1881 ; educated at Yale and Princeton. Inter-
rupted much by weak e>:es, and poor health. Was pastor at
Chicopee and Northampton, Mass., Augusta, Ga., Philadel-
phia and New York city. Came to Albany as pastor of ist
Reformed church, in Nov. 1856, and spent 6 years of " useful,
acceptable service, " especially endearing himself by his
ready personal sympathy. D. D., Oglethorpe, 1853. Published
many sermons and other religious writings.
Joseph Russell, b. Bedford, Mass., Oct. 7, 1777; came to
this city in early manhood ; became an active and prosperous
merchant in the firm of Thomas and Joseph Russell ; always
influential in commercial circles ; an honorable man ; d.
Dec. 25, 1838. Joseph W. Russell, Esq., a lawyer of this city,
is a grandson,
Luther Sawyer, b. Lancaster, Mass.; came to A. 18 13 ;
brick and stone mason. His son William Sawyer, b. March
14, 1821 ; shoe dealer; " never drank, smoked or chewed;"
never attended a circus or theatre; is now in real estate
speculations ; has large income, with which he is doing much
good, especially in helping Baptist churches and the poor.
John G. Saxe, b. Highgate. Vt., June 2, 1816; gr. Middle-
bury, 1839; practiced law in Vt., 1843-50; ed. Burlingto7i
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Sentinely 1850-55; 185 1, State Atty. forVt.; candidate for
Governor. Has resided for many years in Albany. His
poems, chiefly of wit and humor, are widely read and some of
them have become apart of our nation's permanent literature.
They have been published at different times and in various
Theodore Sedgwick, son of Judge Theodore Sedgwick, b.
Sheffield, Mass., Dec. 31, 1780; d. Pittsfield, Mass., Nov.
7, 1839; g^- Yale, 1798; practiced law with great distinction,
in Albany from 1801- 22 ; was the first to suggest the idea of
a railroad from Albany to Boston over the Green Mountains,
and carried it through in the Mass. legislature, of which he
was a member in 1824, ''25, '27. Devoted friend of free trade,
temperance and anti-slavery, and published writings on these
subjects. Theodore, his son b. Albany, Jan. 27, i8ri: d.
Stockbridge, Mass., Dec. 8, 1859; g*"- Columbia, 1829; prac-
ticed law in New York city; U. S. Atty. for So. District of
New York; author of Life of Wm. Livingston, Writings of
Wm. Leggett, and many treatises on political economy and law
John and Robert F. Slack, brothers ; b. Weston, Mass :
came to A. about 1810; enterprising and successful wholesale
grocers for more than 30 years ; also largely engaged in
lumber and stave business ; word as good as their bond ;
warmly interested in education and every good work. Dr.
Henry of Fiskill, and Mrs. George B. Steele of A., are sur-
Elihu Smith, b. Stamford, Conn., Mar. 14, 1804; came to
Albany, 1847; architect and builder ; had previously lived in
Genoa, Ithaca and Troy ; began making stove models in
1830; claims invention of the principle of base burning and
argand stoves; also of improved refrigerators; is a skillful
mechanic and an honest man.
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Horace E. Smith, b. Weston, Vt., 1817; LL. D. Dart-
mouth, 1880; practiced law in Boston in New York city and
in Johnstown, N. Y.; in 1879 became Dean of Albany Law
School. He has been a prominent member of the Mass.
legislature and of the Constitutional Convention of New York,
1867; and has had extensive practice in his profession. He
is a man of high purposes, diligent work, eminent legal
knowledge, and excellent qualities for his present position.
Norman L. Snow, son of Hon. Dr. Simon Snow of Mans-
field, Mass.,b. Root, N. Y. Apr. 7, 1839; S^- Union, 1859;
N. Y. College of Phys. and Surgeons, 1861 ; rendered impor-
tant service as army Surgeon during the late civil war; began
a successful practice in Canajoharie when the war was over
and held honorable civil positions in that village ; visited the
hospitals of Europe in 1873; settled in practice in Albany
with Dr. A. Van Derveer in 1875 i ^^^<^^ is holding high rank in
the Medical College, in the Hospital, in the Medical Society,
and in general practice.
Solomon Southwick, b. Newport, R. I., Dec. 25, 1773; d.
Albany, Nov, 18, 1839. Came to this city, 1792; became
connected with the Albany Register, published by Robert
Barber, whose sister he married ; and succeeded him as pro-
prietor in 180S. It was the leading paper of his party, and he
the leader until 181 7. He held the offices of State printer,
Clerk of the Assembly, Sheriff of the County, president of
the Mechanics' and Farmers' Bank, postmaster and regent of
the University. Twice he was the candidate for Governor;
when 40 years of age, he was admitted as attorney at
law. Besides the Register, he conducted the ''PloiigJiboy,''''
*'■ National Observer,'''' '■'Christian Visitant ''"' 2in6. ''Family
Newspaper.'''' He lectured extensively on temperance, edu-
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cation and morality, and published valuable treatises on these
and kindred subjects. He was a remarkable man; with strong
convictions, great boldness, untiring devotion, and great
ambition. During his later years, he devoted all his high
powers to doing good.
Ambrose Spencer, b. Salisbury, Conn., Dec. 13, 1765; d,
Lyons, N. Y., Nov. 13, 1848; gr. Harvard, 1783; LL. D.,
Harvard, I821. About 1785, he entered upon the practice of
law in Hudson, N. Y., and was called, almost at once, to
important office in that city, and in the State legislature. In
1802-4, he was Atty. General and began to reside in Albany,
which was his home until 1839. He became Justice of the
Supreme Court in 1804, and Chief Justice from 1819-23;
member of N. Y. Const. Conv. in 1821 ; M. C. 1829-31.
In this city he held many important offices, including that of
Mayor. He was truly a great and good man, one of the shin-
ing lights of his time. His legal decisions stand as highest
authority. In political counsels he had great weight. At the
same time, like all truly great men, he was simple hearted,
approachable by all who needed sympathy and counsel, and
as just and inflexible as Cato.
John C. Spencer, son of Ambrose; b. Hudson, N. Y., Jan.
8, 1788; d. Albany, May 18, 1855; gr. Union, 1806; practiced
law in Canandaigua; settled in Albany, 1845; ^^s nearly his
whole life in public business; besides minor offices, M. C,
1817-19; State Assembly, 1819-20; State Senate, 1825-28;
1832, Assembly; 1839-41, Sec. of State and Supt. Com.
Schools; 1 84 1, Sec. of War; 1843, Sec. of Treasury. Had
much to do with looking into the affairs of the old U. S. bank,
and also with the anti masonic excitement. The organization
of the State Asylum for Idiots, and the improvement of the
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State common school system, are largely due to him. The
most useful part of his life was spent in this city. His anno-
tated " De Tocqueville's Democracy in America," and his
great labor in revision of the Statutes of the State, are among
William B. Sprague, b. Andover, Conn., Oct. i6, 1795 ; d.
Flushing, L. I., May 7, 1876; gr. Yale, 1815; Princeton
Theo. Sem., I819; D. D. Columbia, 1828; settled at W.
Springfield, Mass., 1819-29; pastor of 2d Presb. church,
Albany, 1829-70. Such a long ministry is unusual in a city,
and it was filled by him with distinguished honor. His heart
was warm toward all good, and he was very helpful in good
works. He had a facile pen and his published works are very
numerous ; amongthem are over 100 pamphlets, many religious
books, memoirs, and notes of travel. His great work, " An-
nals of American Pulpit," in 9 vols,, is a monument of indus-
try amid other labors. His autograph collection was the
largest in America.
John and Spencer Stafford were prosperous merchants, in
company here for many years, from about the beginning of
this century. The former died Oct. 12, 1819, aged57; the
latter, Feb. 10, L844, aged 72.
Horace C. Stanton, b. Wolfborough, N. H.; gr. Union,
1867, at head of his class; excels as a linguist; read law;
then went to Princeton Theol. Sem., and gr. 1873; pastor 3
years in Edinburg, N. Y. ; came to Albany as pastor of
Clinton Sq. Presb. Church, 1876. B. I. Stanton, lawyer, is
Eben S. Stearns, b. Mass.; gr. Harvard, 1841 ; had been
prin. of a Mass. Normal School; prin. Albany Female Acad-
emy, 1855-66; afterwards prin. Robinson Female Seminary,
Exeter, N. H.
NEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY. Ill
John Stearns, b. Wilbraham, Mass., May i6, 1770; d. New
York, Mar. 18, 1848; gr. Yale, 1789; went to Waterford, N.
Y., 1793; to Albany, 1810; to New York City, 1819. Was
in 1806, founder of the State Medical Society, of which he
was the first secretary, and four years president ; also first
president of the New York Academy of Medicine, in 1846;
member of N. Y. Senate, 1809-13. A leading aim of his life
was to purify and elevate the profession of medicine. To this
and his own personal culture, he devoted his vigorous mind,
his untiring energy. His influence was very great.
Lemuel Steele, b. Hartford, Conn., Aug. 26, 1787; d. Al-
bany, Dec. 26, 1853; came to A. 1815; engaged in manufac-
turing and importing paper-hangings until 1852, when he was
succeeded by his son, George B. Steele, and Robert M. King ;
now succeeded by Frank B. King. Mr. S. was a prominent
citizen, holding various offices; was 10 years an Alderman;
20 years or more a bank director; and several years Chief
Engineer of the Fire Department.
Moses W. Stickney, b. Antrim, N. H. ; d. Albany, Feb. 4,
1879 ; came to A. in 1836. Leander Stickney, bro. of M. VV. ;
b. Antrim; d. 1882; came to A. in 1838. Both were Coffee
and Spice Manufacturers and merchants, of the firm, of Bacon,
Stickney & Co. ; successful in business, and acquired large
Alfred B. Street, descended from Rev. Nicholas Street, of
New Haven; b. Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Dec. 18, 181 1 ; d. Al-
bany, June, 1881 ; studied and practiced law with his father, at
Monticello, N. Y. ; came to Albany, 1839; Librarian of State
Library for some years. An unostentatious, but highly es-
teemed citizen, he has left a name honored by his literary
work. Besides numerous contributions to periodicals, and
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poems on anniversary occasions, he has written, " Burning of
Schenectady," "Frontenac," "History of the Council of
Revision," '-Woods and Waters," " Forest Pictures," "In-
dian Pass." Some of his poems have been collected, and
published in volumes.
Jonathan Tenney, b. Corinth, Vt., Sept. 14, 1817; gr.
Dartmouth, 1843; studied law and medicine, but never prac-
ticed ; has also been a licensed Congregational minister.
Early chose teaching as a profession ; has been a successful
principal of academies and high schools in N. H., Mass., and
N. Y., about 25 years ; was founder and president of the N. H.
Teachers' Association, in 1854; has been Commissioner of
Schools, member of State Board of Education, and secretary
of the same, in N. H. ; Deputy Supt. of Public Instruction in
N. Y. ; has lectured extensively on educational subjects, and
conducted teachers' institutes in Vt., N. H., Mass., Me., R. I.,
and N. Y. ; has written much for educational and literary
periodicals, as editor and contributor; was Supt. of Schools
in Owego, N. Y., and Chairman of School Board in Manches-
ter, N. H. His historical, statistical, biographical and educa-
tional publications, have been numerous. He came to A. in
1868; has been 7 years Librarian of Y. M. A., and is now
engaged in literary work for publication. Received honorary
degree of Ph.D. from Dartmouth, in 1880.
George H. Thacher, descended from Rev. Thomas Thacher,
first pastor of the Old South Church, Boston, was born in
Hornellsville, June 4, 1818. He is grandson of Judge Hor-
nell, for whom this town was named. About 1848, he came
to A., and went into the stove foundry business with Billings
P. Learned, which he left in 1852, to establish the manufac-
ture of car- wheels, which for 30 years has been successfully
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carried on by him. His sons, John B. member of the state
senate, (Williams, 1869,) and George H., are now the active
members of the firm. Mr. T. has long been prominent in
business circles; is now Vice President of the ist National
Bank. He has held the office of Mayor four terms, i860, '66,
'70 and '72. He is a man of positive convictions, and bold
in standing by them. This is shown by his official career in
such notable and well-remembered instances as taking de-
cided ground in favor of free speech, when some of the
leaders of his political party endeavored, by a mob, to prevent
an abolition convention in the city, just before the war ; he
going into the hall with the speakers, and enforcing order;
also, in the Dudley Observatory controversy and in the High
School question. He has been a presidential elector.
Isaiah Townsend came to Albany in 1799; b. Orange Co.;
d. Feb. 17, 1838, aged 61. For 36 years, he was engaged in
an extensive and active manufacturing and mercantile busi-
ness, in company with his brother, John Townsend. The
house was very enterprising and liberal, and did much to
advance the interests of this city. It was known, indeed, all
over the country, as honorable, skillful and just. Gen. Fred-
erick Townsend, Gen. Franklin Townsend, Theodore Town-
send, Rufus K. Townsend, Dr. Franklin Townsend, and the
late Dr. Howard Townsend, all honored and valuable citizens,
are descendants of these men. Their ancestors were from
John Townsend, b. Stirling Iron Works, June 14, 1783;
came to Albany, 1802, and joined his brother Isaiah, in the
hardware and iron foundry business, in which they success-
fully continued many years. Was 6 years Mayor of A. ; d.
Albany, Aug. 26, 1854. He was one of the founders of the
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Syracuse Coarse Salt Co.. of which he was president; was
president, also, of Commercial Bank, of Exchange Bank, of
Savings Bank, and an officer of many other organizations of
business enterprise and public good.
Franklin Townsend, s. of Isaiah, b. Albany; has been
Adjutant General of the State, and president of State Bank ;
was Mayor of the city, 1850. Gen. Frederick Townsend is a
brother, and Dr. Franklin, Jr., a son,
Lyman Tremain, b. Durham, N. Y., June 14, 1819; d.
New York, Nov. 30, 1878. His ancestors were from Berk-
shire Co., Mass. Studied and practiced law in his native
town, until he came to A., in 1853, where he had his home,
and pursued his brilliant career as a lawyer, until his death.
He was among the foremost in his profession ; eminent as a
jury lawyer ; electric as an orator on the platform, or anywhere.
He served as District Attorney 2 years, and County Judge 4
years, in Greene Co.; as member of Assembly from Albany,
and Speaker of that body, in 1866; as Attorney General of
the State two years ; and as Congressman-at-large from the
State, 1873-5. He was candidate for Lt. Governor in 1862.
Until 1861, he was a Democrat; after this he acted with the
Republican party. His exalted patriotism, and burning
eloquence were called into active service during the late civil
war. His son, Col. Frederick, died of wounds in the service;
and Grenville, another son, a lawyer of splendid promise, died
just before his father.
Luther Tucker, b. Brandon, Vt., 1802; d. Albany, Jan. 26,
1873. ^ printer; in 1826, established the first daily paper
west of Albany, at Rochester, and called it the '* Z)a//y Ad-
vertiser ;'"' then started that pioneer agricultural journal, the
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Genesee Fanner, in 183 1 ; this he afterwards consolidated
with the Cultivator of Jesse Buel, in Albany. In 1852, he
started the Country Gentlemaji, which is still continued by
his sons, Luther H. and Gilbert M. Tucker, with marked
ability, and a very large circulation. Dr. Willis G. Tucker,
one of the Faculty of the Medical College, and of the College
of Pharmacy, is also a son.
Wm. Tully, b. Saybrook Point, Conn., Feb. 18, 1785; d.
Springfield, Mass., Feb. 28, 1859; gr- Yale, 1806; practiced
medicine with Dr. March in Albany, 1826, and a few years
later. Was regarded by many as the most learned and
scientific physician of his time. Was a great student, an able
lecturer, a vigorous writer. His views were positive, his
prejudices strong, his criticisms caustic, his attacks upon
what he deemed errors, merciless. As a practitioner, he was
heroic, allowing no questioning as to his treatment. His
numerous contributions to the literature of medicine, abating
something for minuteness of detail or difFuseness, were greatly
esteemed. His reputation as a medical writer rests chiefly
on his great work "Materia Medica, or Pharmacology and
Therapeutics," 2 vols. His lectures were given at Castleton,
in South Carolina, and Yale (1829-41.)
Asa W. Twitchell, b.?;Swanzey, N. H., Jan. i, 1820; came
to Lansingburgh, N. Y. 1834; to Albany, 1843. ^^ painted
his first portrait in 1839; r^^cently spent a few months among
the galleries of Europe ; has painted many of the best portraits
of the city; holds a first class rank as an artist; is especially
happy in presenting his subject, not as a picture, but as a
character in active business or professional life. He is still,
daily, in his studio, doing'work that will long do him honor.
116 NEW ENGLAND IN ALBANY.
Thomas W. Valentine, b. Norton, Mass., Feb. i6, 1818;
d. Brooklyn, N. Y., April 4, 1879; ^^'^^ 1842- 53, was prin-
cipal of a Public School in Albany; went to Brooklyn in 1855.
While in A. he was for a while Superintendent of the Albany
Orphan Asylum and Editor of the New York Teacher. In
1857 he was president of the New York State Teachers^ Asso-
ciation, and made the first movement toward the establish-
ment of the National Education Association of the United
States. He was a man of retiring habits, but of earnest
purpose and broad views. The State of New York owes him
gratitude for efficient aid in building up its present system of
Franklin Vose, b. Spencer, N. Y., 1822 : came to Albany
in 1846, and Rodney, his brother, b. Spencer, 1824, came in
1849. Both became successful lumber merchants, Rodney
still carrying on the business and ranking well among our
many enterprising and prosperous lumber traders. He is
descended from Robert, of Dorchester, Mass., and related to
that distinguished educator of N. E., Hon. John Vose, of N. H.
Reuben H. Walworth, b. Bozrah, Conn., Sept. 26, 1788;
d. Saratoga, Nov. 26, 1866; spent his early years in Hoosick,
N. Y., where his father moved in 1793; was admitted to the
bar at Troy, 1809; practiced some years at Plattsburg ; was
active in the war of 1812; M. C. 1821- 23; Chancellor of the
State, 1828 to '48, during a part of which time he resided in
Albany. He was pronounced by Judge Story, " the greatest
Equity jurist living." He was a man of large benevolence,
and a firm and active friend of temperance and religion.
Rev. Clarence A. Walworth, rector of St. Mary's, Albany,
since 1866; gr. Union, 1838 ; a devoted priest, a useful citizen,
a scholar and a writer, is a son.
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Samuel B. Ward, son of D. B. and Abby Dwight Partridge
of Mass.; b. New York, July 8, 1842; gr. Columbia. Since
he came to Albany, he has held a leading place among its
eminent physicians and surgeons, and is a member of the
faculty of the Medical College.
B:dward P. Waterbury, b. Franklin, N. Y,, May 10, 1831;
gr. Albany Normal School; teacher for 13 years, in Albany
Academy, and 14 years agent of Mass. Life Ins. Co. Was
appointed principal of Albany Normal School to succeed Rev.
Dr. Alden, in 1882.
Elkanah Watson, b. Plymouth, Mass., Jan. 22, 1758; d.
Port Kent, N. Y., Dec. 5, 1842. In 1773, was a merchant's
clerk in Providence; executed important commercial trusts
during the revolution ; in 1779, bore despatches to Franklin, at
Paris; for 3 years, engaged in commerce at Nantes; then
visited England, Holland and Flanders ; returned to Newport,
R. I., and from thence went to Albany in 1789, where, for 18
years, he was an active promoter of public enterprises. From
1807- 16, resided in Pittsfield, Mass., where he devoted him-
self to agriculture ; founded Berkshire Agric. Soc. ; returned
to Albany in 1816, and founded first Agricultural Society in
the State of New York; made a tour of Michigan and the
Lakes, round by Montreal, with reference to better facilities
for trading western products, in New York and Boston; made
the first suggestions in regard to the canal improvements that
were carried out and completed by De Witt Clinton in the
N. Y. and Erie Canal, in 1824; went to Port Kent in 1828.
His numerous notes of travel ; his essays on agriculture and
other public matters ; his activity in promoting public enter-
prises, entitle him to a large place in the list of our nation's
benefactors. Albany owes him much.
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John H. Webb, partner of George Dummer in 1807,
afterwards associated witli him H. L. Webb, and continued,
until 1829. He d. in Hartford, Conn., Sept. 14, 1847. The
house continued under the name of H. L. and C. B. Webb
until 1844, when it sold out to Gregory & Co. It was the
first house in this business that extended its trade to the then
far off wilderness of the North West Territory. They estab-
lished in 1834, a branch at Detroit. //. L. Webb was
active in founding the Canal Bank, and was president of the
Gas Light Company. He died in Hartford, Conn., Oct 1846.
Charles R. Webster, b. Hartford, Conn., Sept. 30, 1762;
d. Saratoga Springs, July 18, 1834; printer; came to Albany
in 17S1, and went on a small weekly paper with S. Balantine.
In 1784, he started the Albany Gazette, which continued
under his guidance, the leading paper of the city for about 40
years, and existed until 1845. I^^ the capacity of leading jour-
nalist, conspicuous for a ready enterprise, abroad public spirit,
a liberal philanthropy, and discriminating charity, he, more,
perhaps, than any other citizen of his time, became identified
with the leading interests of the city, and promoted its pros-
perity. Bookselling, binding and publishing became a part of
his business. He pub. the Daily Advertiser in addition to
his weekly. His twin bro. George, and his nephews, Elisha W.,
Hezekiah and Daniel Skinner, became partners before 1800.
Their Gazette was widely circulated over the then new settle-
ments of the State west of the Hudson River. He was very
active in all efforts to encourage young mechanics, and excite
in them intelligence and self-respect. To this end, he joined
in the formation of the Mechanics' Society, which was largely
officered and carried on by mechanics from the common
schools of New England, and was a power for good many
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Thurlow Weed; father from Stamford, Conn. ; b. Catskill,
N. Y., Nov. 15, 1797; d. New York City, Nov. 22, 1882;
became a printer; in 1826-7, edited the Aiiti-Masonic
Enquirer ; elected twice to the State Assembly ; came to
Albany in 1830 as Editor of the Albany Jonrnal, and contin-
ued mitil 1862, gainino; an immense power as a journalist and
party leader, and holding it many years. While declining all
public offices himself, he was largely instrumental in bringing
forward such men as Harrison, Taylor, Scott, Seward and
others. He was wise in council and powerful in action, and
ranks with Greeley and a few others as one of the greatest
journalists of his time. His pen was always busy in notes of
travel, reminiscences, and political counsel after h^ retired
from his editorial chair, which might be called the Chair of
State, so potent was his influence. Of course, such a man was
largely influential in shaping affairs in this city. His daughter
Emily is wife of Hon. William Barnes, and mother of Thur-
low Weed Barnes.
Bartholomew T. W^elch, b. Boston, Sept. 24, 1794: d. New-
tonville, N. Y., Dec. 9, 1870; entered ministry in 1824; pas-
tor of Baptist Church, now called Emmanuel, 1828-48; a
preacher of great eloquence and power; very active in public
enterprises; first excited public attention to the need of a
public cemetery, in a sermon preached Dec. 1840, which led to
the opening of that beautifal city of the loved and departed,
the Rural Cemetery, consecrated to its sacred uses in 1844.
. Elias Willard, b. Harvard, Mass., Jan. 7, 1756; d. Albany,
Mar. 20, 1837. He was at the battle of Lexington, April 19,
1775, and served as military surgeon during the revolutionary
war. Came to Stillwater, N. Y., 1785, and to Albany, 1801,
where, for 25 years, he was ext^nsivel}' engaged in the practice
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of medicine and surgery. Patient, diligent, devoted to his
work, a sincere christian, a noble patriot, ever ready to do
good, he was beloved, and, in his last years, venerated. Dr.
Moses, his brother, prominent in his profession, practiced here
a few years and went to New York in 1821. Dr. E. W.
Ford, and Dr. John H. Trotter, his grandsons, practiced later
in this city.
Sylvester D. Willard, b. Wilton, Conn , June 19, 1825 ; d.
Albany, Apr. 2, 1865 ; came to Albany in 1845 ; gr. Alb. Med.
Col., and began practice in 1848. Ever after, while not
regardless of the daily calls of his profession, he devoted much
time to^its local history and the biography of deceased physi-
cians, the results of which appear in "Albany Medical Annals,
Vol.1." He also did service as a Volunteer Surgeon in 1862,
and successfully interested himself in securing state aid for
the relief of sick and wounded soldiers. His crowning acts
relate to his agency in ascertaining the condition of the insane
poor of the State, which led to the establishment of the "Wil-
lard Asylum for the Insane, " so named as a memorial of him
since his decease At the time of his death he was holding
the position of Secretary of the State Medical Society, exam-
ining Surgeon for the Pension oiffice, and Surgeon General of
the State, all of which were to him posts of arduous labor and
Chauncey P. Williams, b. Middletown, Conn., 1817; came
to Albany in 1835, ^'^d successfully followed the lumber trade
for 25 years. Was a director of the Albany Exchange Bank,
and its president in 1856. In 1861, entered upon the business
of banking as a profession, and has ever since followed it in
this same bank, first as cashier and then a^jain as president.
Thr. ugh the recent civil war, this bank, under his manage-
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ment, had the agency, in this vicinity, for obtaining loans for
the U. S. government, which was carried on skillfully in the
spirit of wise finance as well as good patriotism, and aided
much the Government credit. Mr. W. was one of the founders,
and is a leading supporter of the Congregational Church,
James Wilson, b. Londonderry, N. H., 1763; d. Mar. 26,
1855, ""^ Bradford, Vt., where he had owned a farm since 1796,
and resided when not engaged in his globe manufacture. He
was from his boyhood, fond of mathematics, geography and
astronomy, and made a celestial and a terrestrial globe, the first
ever made in this country and presented them to the city of
Boston in 1814. In 1815, he established the first Globe manu-
factory in the United States, at Albany, assisted by his sons
Samuel and John, and continued the work successfully, with
great credit, making many improvements, until the death of
his sons. He did his own designing and engraving.
Joel A. Wing, b. Berkshire Co., Mass.. Aug. 13, 1788; d.
Hartford, Conn., Sept. 6, 1852. Spent his professional life
as physician in Albany ever after 1814; president of Co. and
State Med. Societies. With a wonderfully retentive memory
and eager fondness for knowledge, his medical attainments
were very extensive ; his practice was very large and his
counsel frequently sought. Few physicians ever excelled him
in acuteness of perception or prompt action in treatment of
a case ; few were more welcome in the sick room or more
highly esteemed by all classes of society.
Bradford R. Wood, b. Westport, Conn., Sept. 30, 1800;
gr. Union, 1824; came to Albany 1824; read law and has prac-
ticed his profession here ever since, taking an active interest
in public affairs, and in the civil, intellectual and moral
advancement of the city. He was M. C. 1845-47, where his
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action was independent, above party, statesmanlike. He was
subsequently U. S. Minister to Denmark. He was one of
the founders and is a leading supporter of the Congregational
Church in this city. Gen. J. Hampden Wood, is a son.
Darius S. Wood, b. Westboro, Mass., July 1821 ; became
an engineer at B. & W. R. Rd. shops; ran the first passenger
train into Albany on the B. & A. R. Rd. ; held important trusts
as engineer at Niagara Falls and W. Albany; was very skill-
ful, and patented many valuable car improvements ; d. Albany,
Royal Woodward, b. Ashford, Conn., Nov. 13, 1815; d.
Albany, Oct. 2, 1882; silk manufacturer and merchant; had
resided in A. many years; a very estimable man; intelligent
and unostentatious. Had collected a library of about 30,000
volumes, probably the largest private library in the country,
outside of New York City.
Samuel B. Woolworth, b. Bridgehampton, L. I., Dec. 15,
1800; gr. Hamilton, 1822; was successively teacher in Acad-
emies of Monsoh, Mass., Onondaga and Homer, N. Y., until
1852; was principal of Albany Normal School, 1852-56;
and Secretary of Board of Regents 1856, to 1880. In all these
positions he was a faithful, efficient, conscientious educator,
and did vast good. He served as trustee of Hamilton College
44 years ; was one of the founders and a president of the N .
Y. State Teachers' Association. His ancestors were from
Gorham A. Worth, b. Nantucket, about 1773; his father
came to Hudson, N. Y., and taught school. He came to
Albany as teller in New York State Bank, in 1803, and
became first Cashier of Mechanics and Farmers' Bank, in
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1811 ; had charge of United States Branch Bank, at Cincin-
nati, 1817-21; removed to New York; for many years presi-
dent of City Bank of N. Y. ; acquired wealth and high social
position there. Was an intelligent observer and a ready
writer. Wrote '■'■ Recollect io7is of Albany,'''' and Reminiscences
of Cincinnati i''' d. New Orleans, Apr. 3, 1856, aged 'j'>^.
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Thus have we completed the task of selecting from the history
of this city, matters that relate to a class of men who began to
come here from New England about loo years ago. We have
tried to gather up the names of the earliest of them;
to show the condition of society and affairs when they came
here, and what changes they inaugurated. We have detailed
some of the leading enterprises in which they engaged,
and some of the results, as they have been brought about
by the continued efforts of those who followed them with the
advantages of more time, more light, more means, and larger
opportunities. The task has been difficult because it required
selection from a confused mass of unassorted history, most
of it unwritten; afterwards to be arranged, compared, and
condensed into the small space allowed by this paper.
We have added such antecedent and collateral history as
seemed necessary to show bow Albany has grown in a period
of 260 years (1623- 1883) from a few miserable huts occupied
by Holland fur traders to a city of 100,000 people, from every
nation under heaven, busy with the hum of varied industry,
possessing great wealth and all the elevating and refining
advantages of modern civilization and growth. We have
tried to be true to history, conscientiously faithful. Much
has been left out because we could not, up to the time when
our work must be completed, secure satisfactory knowledge ;
more, for the want of space in the limits assigned.
As a descendant of the Puritans we point with decent pride
to the changes wrought. And yet we are not blind to the
good work done by men with the blood of Holland, France,
Germany, Scotland, Ireland and other nations, in their veins.
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We are one now. Of one blood God hath made all people.
We could select and write up the deeds and names of each
with great satisfaction.
There is truth in the remark of Hon. Wm. L. Learned that
" Albany was once a Dutch city; then it became a Yankee
city; and now it is a city of all nations."
"He was of Puritan descent; his ancestors were noble ones;
for the blood of the Pilgrims ran in their veins, and the love
of the Pilgrim's God burned in their hearts." It was so said
of one excellent man, who still has relatives in Albany. Well
if it could be said of all of "Puritan descent," "that blood
tells. " Do all honor their birthright?
We should be glad if we could have presented what the New
England women have done in Albany. If it could be told,
we doubt not it would be a noble record That they are enti-
tled to a full share of the credit given their fathers, husbands,
brothers and sons, will not be denied. What a story theirs
would make as mothers, wives and sisters, — a story of home
fidelity, of loving entreaty, of wise counsel, of endurance borne,
of christian grace, and of much public activity in works of
benevolence and charity, in the name of learning and religion!
Says the late Hon. Lyman Tremain, one of Albany's most
valued citizens, in a speech made at the Lyman Reunion in
1 87 1, " It has been related of a prominent Ohio politician,
who had thoughtlessly repeated the outcry against New Eng-
land, that, when he came to look around him, and consider
the elements of which the community was composed ; and
when he came to take out from among the people those who
were born in New England, or were the descendants of New
Englanders; those who married New England wives; or the
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children of New England parents ; and, also, those who had
been instructed by New England school-masters, or school
mistresses ; he found that those who were left would not
amount to much ; and so he concluded to say no more about
*' leaving New England out in the cold."
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