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Tuesday, June 24, 2014



Jan 5

Merchant James Griffiths dies.

Jan 12

16-year-old Catherine Laverty, wife of merchant Henry Laferty, dies.

Jan 14

New York armorer's mate John Burnham of the USS Portsmouth, dies in Norfolk, Virginia, 

after a lingering illness.

Jan 31

New York sea captain Zachariah Henshaw dies in Ramsgate, England, at the age of 50

Mar 13

The Russian ship Fortune, after being boarded and released by a British frigate, arrives in 

New York harbor.

Mar 30

Austrian-born Rachel Myers, wife of former Loyalist Benjamin Myers and mother of future 

Schenectady mayor Mordecai Myers, dies in New York City.

Mar 31

Merchant Andrew D. Barclay, of the firm of McEvers and Barclay, dies in the Bahamas.

Apr 2

Rebecca Michaels Hays, widow of shipping merchant Juday Hays (both Dutch-born Jews), 

dies in New York City at the age of 92.

Apr 16

Ann Griswold Hitchcock, wife of Doctor Daniel Marvin Hitchcock, dies in New York City at 

the age of 23, following a long illness.

Apr 18

29-yer-old jeweler and silversmith George Alexander dies at the Pearl Street home of his 

partner Henry Riker, near their shop at 350 Pearl Street.

Apr 21

Philemon Hunt, son of merchant Abraham Hunt, dies at the age of 20.

Apr 23

Distiller John C. Ehinger dies of burns suffered during a fire in his Cross Street plant.

Apr 25

Maiden Lane merchant Charles Holmes and six other New York City passengers drown 

when a Brooklyn Ferry is overturned during a storm, which also drowns fisherman Jacob 


Apr 26

The body of a tailor named Farlane is found drowned of a dock at Pine Street.  Farlane, who 

presumably had fallen in while drunk, had been in the water for some weeks.

May 5

Results of the 1800 U.S. ensues shows New York City, with  population of 60,482 people, is 

the largest in the nation.

May 11

Aaron Burr lieutenant William P. Van Ness is proposed for membership in the Republican 

political club, the Society of St. Tammany.

Jun 1

Captain Robert Richard Randall bequeaths his Staten Island property, formerly the Eliot 

Estate, for the Sailors Snug Harbor Home.


The Common Council contacts the Manhattan Water Company seeking compensation for 

paving displaced when water mains were run. The case will be in the courts for the next 

three years.

Jul 7

The Franklin Typographical Association meets to celebrate 26 years of U.S. Independence.

Jul 11

Songwriter (The  Soldier's Farewell), playwright and poet John Hill Hewitt is born n New 

York City to music publisher and publisher James Hewitt and his wife.

Jul 20

The Boston Gazette reports the four largest U.S. cities are Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore 

and Boston.

Aug 17

Physician Richard Bayley, the city's first heath officer, dies of yellow fever after checking a 

shipload of Irish immigrants. many of whom were dying of the disease.

Aug 25

John B. Provost replaces Richard Harrison as Recorder of New York City.

Sep 1

Staten Island's Sailors Snug Harbor is established.

Sep 10

New York State governor George Clinton has New York City mayor Richard Varick 

replaced by Edward Livingston.

Sep 18

The first issue of the New York Times daily newspaper is published.

Oct 7

A copy of the French treaty ratification arrives in New York and is forwarded to 


Oct 20

Lawyer, politician and businessman Morris Franklin is born to merchant and Chief 

Engineer of the Volunteer Fire Department Thomas Franklin and his wife.

Nov 16

Federalist Alexander Hamilton founds the New York Post with William Coleman as its 


New York City

The office of City Comptroller is formed as an appointive office.    **    The Zion Episcopal 

Church is founded in the Five Points neighborhood of Manhattan.    **    The Gerogian-

Gothic, field stone  Church of the Transfiguration is built on Mosco Street (later 25 Mott 

Street) for the Zion English Lutheran Church.    **    Benjamin Moore is elected coadjutor 

bishop of New York, to assist Samuel Provost who is preparing to retire. He also replaces 

Charles Henry Wharton as President of Columbia University.    **    The 26th annual edition 

of Longworth's American Almanack, New-York Register and City Directory is published.    

**    Christian Brown becomes a bookbinder.    **    Edward Livingston is appointed mayor 

for each of the next two one-yaer terms.    **    Elizabeth Ann Seton resides at the Church of 

Our Lady of eh Rosary, in lower Manhattan.    **    Eliza Astor is born to John Jacob and 

Sarah Astor, their youngest daughter.    Washington Irving laves the law office of  Henry 

Masterton to work for attorney Brockholst Livingston.    **    The Manhattan Company' 

Chambers Street reservoir is completed at a cost of $17,428, and filled, it's second half 

revenues total nearly $100,000 a, paying stockholders $2.50 a share.    **    Kinderhook 

lawyer Martin van Buren arrives to begin practicing here.    **    Art patrons establish the 

Columbia Academy of Painting.    **    Hugh Auchincloss arrives from  Paisley, Scotland, 

estabiles an importing business.    **    Construction begins on the Harlem home of 

Alexander Hamilton. The "Grange" will be competed next year.


The Brooklyn Navy Yard is founded as a shipbuilding facility.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


Saturday Troy History Walks in May and June

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RCHSThe Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) offers walking tours of historic downtown Troy on Saturday mornings this May and June. Tours depart from the Market Table at the Troy Farmer’s Market at 10:30am. The cost is $5 per person, RCHS members attend for free.
Each week brings a different theme for the tours, which are led by RCHS staff. Tours frequently incorporate historic photographs and readings from letters and diaries.
Reservations can be made in advance by calling 518-272-7232, ext. 12 or by emailing For more information, please visit RCHS website,
Schedule of History Walks
Saturday, May 10 Great Fire
On Saturday, May 10, 1862, sparks from a passing train set the covered wooden Green Island Bridge ablaze. Gale force winds carried pieces of the burning bridge into downtown Troy and the city of wooden structures was soon a blazing inferno. 152 years later, tour the areas of downtown Troy that were once devastated by this Great Fire.
Saturday, May 17 Amazing Architecture
Explore the streets of downtown Troy with this guided tour showcasing the architectural gems of 19th and 20th century Troy.
Saturday, May 31 Decorative Ironwork
Exploring Troy’s downtown physical landscape, this tour will highlight Troy’s well-known ornamental ironwork and cast-iron storefronts.
Saturday, June 7 Amazing Architecture
Explore the streets of downtown Troy with this guided tour showcasing the architectural gems of 19th and 20th century Troy.
Saturday, June 14 Early Troy
Troy was one of America’s wealthiest cities in the mid-nineteenth century. Discover the early years that led to Troy’s position as a city of prominence in 19th century America.
Saturday, June 28 Draft Riots
One of the deadliest Civil War draft riots in the nation broke out in Troy on July 15, 1863. Angry mobs of anti-war, anti-Lincoln, anti-Republican and anti-black protestors burned and sacked buildings and attacked innocent people. Tour actual scenes of the Riot and learn more about the events that led to the violent demonstration.
The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum is a not-for-profit educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. RCHS is located at 57 Second Street, Troy NY 12180.
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Monday, April 28, 2014


Historical Society of the New York Courts & Albany Law School present: Illustrious Alumni - Bronson, Brewer, Mathews & Jackson

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

Where: Albany Law School
Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom
80 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208
Cost: Free & Open to the Public
Reception to Follow

2 NYE CLE Credits will be offered (Cost: $50)

Robert H. Jackson, United States Supreme Court Justice
by Professor John Q. Barrett, Professor of Law, St. John's University & Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow,
The Robert H. Jackson Center
David Josiah Brewer, United States Supreme Court Justice
by Dean Alicia Ouellette, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Intellectual Life & Professor of Law, 
Albany Law School
James Campbell Matthews, First African-American judge in New York by Hon. Randolph F. Treece, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York
Greene Bronson, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
by Professor Vincent M. Bonventre, Professor of Law, Albany Law School
Conversation with Presenters
Moderated by Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt, President, The Historical Society of the New York Courts

The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York was founded in 2002 by the New York State
 Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye. Its mission is to preserve, protect and promote the legal history of New York.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Footsy Magoos and the Knox-Mead Building

The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) is presenting a Hidden History tour on Tuesday, April 29th at 4:30 pm of Footsy Magoos and the Knox-Mead Building located at 13 and 17 First Street in Troy.
RCHS staff will offer a public tour of the buildings, located along a stretch of First Street known historically as Troy’s Banker’s Row because of the proliferation of banks that were once in residence on the street.
Footsy Magoos, a bar that is one of Troy’s best kept secrets, is located at 17 First Street in Troy. Built c.1811, 17 First Street housed the Bank of Troy and later, the United National Bank of Troy, throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The tour will begin at 4:30pm at the corner of First and State Street. Admission for the tour is $15 per person, $12 for RCHS members.
The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum is a not-for-profit educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. For more information call 518-272-7232 or visit

Saturday, April 26, 2014


How the Other Half Lives

Monday, April 286:30 PM
 Jacob Riis may have died 100 years ago, but his legacy has not been forgotten, especially in light of the current conversation about income equality. We'll host a conversation about poverty past and present, and ways this country has responded to it. New York Times columnist Ginia Bellafante will moderate a panel with journalists Sasha Abramsky and Ted Gup, and historian Ethan G. Sribnick from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness.

This event is free and seats are first-come, first-serve; however, you can reserve two seats with the purchas of a featured book: The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky or The Poor Among Us: A History of Family Poverty and Homelessness in New York City by Ralph da Costa Nunez and Ethan G. Sribnick. To purchase a book contact Laura Lee at or 212.431.0233 ext 259.

Friday, April 25, 2014


Demystifying Landmarks: A Panel Discussion
Tue, Apr 29, 6:30pm

$5/FREE for BHS Members
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You own a brownstone or live in a landmarked district, but what happens when you want to make a repair or change? A Landmarks Preservation Commission representative, architect Tom van den Bout, building managers, and others give guidance.
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BHS is home to a full weekend of Zines, self-published magazines from Brooklyn and beyond. Hundreds of vendors fill the building exhibiting and selling their inventive work. Panel discussions on Saturday and Sunday dive into questions of identity, collecting, and anonymity in zine culture. Called "the best reassurance that print will survive" by the Village Voice, this is a weekend festival not to miss!

Wallabout Walking Tour
Sat, Apr 26, 11am
$25/$15 for BHS Members
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The Wallabout Historic District, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, contains one of the largest concentrations of intact pre-Civil War wood-frame rowhouses in the entire city! ** Wooden House Project (
's Chelcey Berryhill and Elizabeth Finkelstein shine a light on the fascinating early roots.

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