Henry Livingston, Jr.


Mayor James Duane and Mary Livingston

The 20th Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans

Mayor James Duane
(6 Feb 1733, NYC)
(1 Feb 1797, Schenectady NY)
+ Mary Livingston
(29 Oct 1738)
(6 May 1821)
(daughter of Robert Livingston, 3rd Lord of the Manor)

Maria Duane (married William North)
James Chatham Duane (married Mary Ann Bowers)

The 20th Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans
Duane, James, jurist, was born in New York city, Feb. 6, 1733; third son of Anthony and Althea (Ketaltas) Duane. Anthony Duane, a native of County Galway, Ireland, and an officer in the British navy, resigned after being stationed in New York, and returned there to make the city his home. He married as his second wife Althea Ketaltas, the daughter of a leading merchant of the city. She died in 1736 and he was married in 1741 to the widow of Thomas Lynch of Flushing, N.Y. He died Aug. 14, 1747. His son James was educated for the law in the office of James Alexander and was admitted an attorney, Aug. 3, 1754. He was married Oct. 21, 1759, to Mary, eldest daughter of Robert Livingston, proprietor of the Livingston manor on the Hudson river. He inherited from his father valuable property, including a tract of 6000 acres of land in the wilderness west of Albany, N.Y., afterward Duanesburg, Schenectady county. He also purchased 64,000 acres of land in the New Hampshire grant, now a part of Vermont, which he supposed to be a portion of the province of New York, and of which he could never gain possession. In 1774 he was a member of the active committees organized in New York city to oppose British encroachments and he was elected to the Continental congress of that year. In April, 1775, he was a delegate to the New York provincial congress and again from June, 1776, to April, 1777. He was again chosen by that body to the Continental congress and continued a delegate in regular attendance, 1774-84, meanwhile removing his family from New York city to Livingston manor for safety. He at first favored the uniting of the colonies under a president appointed by the king, with congress bound by the acts of parliament. He also opposed the Declaration of Independence, and sought to defer its adoption, hoping to avoid final separation. With John Jay and Peter Van Schaeck he was in favor of conciliation. He however signed the articles of confederation for New York with Francis Lewis, William Duet and Gouverneur Morris in 1771. He took possession of his large estates in New York city upon the evacuation of the place by the British troops, Nov. 25, 1783, and made his home on his farm of twenty acres, afterward Gramercy Park. The same year he was elected a state senator, serving 1782-85, and again, 1789-90. On Feb. 5, 1784, he was appointed by Governor Clinton mayor of New York and held the office for nearly six years. He was a member of the council and of the convention of 1788. President Washington appointed him U.S. district judge of New York in 1789 and he continued on the bench for five years. His failing health compelled him to resign in 1794, and he erected a house at Duanesburg, but did not live to see it completed. He died in Schenectady, N.Y., Feb. 1, 1797.


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