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Clarkson Crolius

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Clarkson Crolius bapt October 30, 1774 New York City – October 5, 1843 was an American businessman and politician


He was the son of Johannes John Crolius and Maria Clarkson Crolius His grandfather Johan Willem William Crolius, a manufacturer of stoneware, is said to have come from Germany to New York City, and ran a pottery on Reade Street, near Broadway William's son John Crolius acquired property on Reade Street, about one hundred feet west of Centre, where the pottery and the family residence were maintained for many years, until Clarkson Crolius removed the works to No 65 and 67 Bayard Street, the home still remaining in Reade Street

In 1811, as Grand Sachem of the Tammany Society, he laid the foundation stone of the old Tammany Hall in Frankfort Street

At the beginning of the War of 1812, he was a major in the Twenty-seventh Regiment of the State Militia, but resigned his commission and received an appointment to the same rank in the regular service He finished the war as a colonel

He was an alderman of New York City for many years He was a member from New York County of the New York State Assembly in 1806, 1807, from 1816 to 1822, in 1824 and 1825, and was Speaker in 1825

In 1830, he was one of the incorporators of the Canajoharie and Catskill Railroad

In 1831, he was the leader of the National Republican Party in New York City

He married Elizabeth Meyer ca 1774–1856 Their son, State Senator Clarkson Crolius b 1801, discontinued the manufacture of stoneware in Bayard Street in 1845, and the pottery was afterwards demolished


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Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Goodell
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Samuel Young

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