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Edward Livingston (speaker)

Edward Livingston April 3, 1796 Dutchess County, New York – June 16, 1840 Albany, New York was an American attorney and politician He served as Clerk and Speaker of the New York State Assembly


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 21 Speaker of the New York Assembly
  • 3 Personal life
    • 31 Descendants
  • 4 References

Early lifeedit

He was the son of Philip Henry Livingston 1769–1831 and Maria Livingston 1770–18281 His paternal uncle was Edward Philip Livingston 1779–1843, the Lt Gov of New York,23 and his maternal uncles were Henry Walter Livingston 1768–1810, a US Representative, and Robert Fulton 1765–1815, an engineer who developed a successful steamboat that ferried passengers from New York City to Albany and back again and invented the first practical submarine in history45

His paternal grandfather was Philip Philip Livingston 1741–1787,6 the only son of Philip Livingston 1716–1778, a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1778 and signor of the Declaration of Independence, who married and left issue Philip Philip settled in Jamaica, West Indies prior to the Revolution, therefore, remaining a British subject27 The elder Philip was married to Christina Ten Broeck 1718-1801, the sister of Abraham Ten Broeck 1734-1810 who was married to Elizabeth Van Rensselaer, sister of Stephen Van Rensselaer II, patroon of Rensselaerwyck2

His maternal grandparents were Walter Livingston 1740–1797,8 the 1st Speaker of the New York State Assembly, and Cornelia Schuyler 1746–1822, the granddaughter of Pieter Schuyler Walter was the son of Robert Livingston 1708–1790, 3rd Lord of Livingston Manor His paternal great-grandfather, Philip was the younger brother of his maternal great-grandfather, Robert2


He was Clerk of the New York State Assembly in 1822, 1823, 1824, 1826 and 1827, following Dirck L Vanderheyden and serving from January 2, 1822 until January 4, 1825 when Horatio Merchant became Clerk Livingston again served, replacing Merchant, beginning on January 3, 1826 until January 1, 1828 when Francis Seger, who later became a member of the New York State Senate, took over9

Livingston served as District Attorney of Albany County from June 14, 1825 to March 27, 1838

Speaker of the New York Assemblyedit

He was a member of the New York State Assembly representing Albany Co, in 1833, 1835 and 1837, and was Speaker in 1837,9 serving alongside Charles Humphrey10

At the conclusion of the session where he was Speaker and which was his last public office, the House presented their thanks to Livingston "for the able, dignified and impartial manner in which he has presided over its deliberations" In response, Livingston replied:11

"The flattering compliment which you have awarded to my efforts to subserve the public interests, by unanimously declaring that my conduct as your presiding officer merits approbation, is the reward for which I have labored, and its bestowment will ever be cherished by me with grateful recollections

The time of this session has been engrossed with much business of a local nature, and with many propositions and laws of a general character, in the disposition of which, questions of great public concernment, were involved That we have had an active agency in maturing and passing many laws of a local character, which the wants of the community demanded, cannot be denied Upon questions in which the people at large have expressed an interest, the Assembly has pronounced its judgment upon most, if not all the leading topics to which their attention has been called More of public law than is usually adopted at any session of the Legislature, will be found to have passed into enactments; whether for good or evil, will be determined by our constituents, to whose judgment, I doubt not, we are all alike willing to submit with perfect cheerfulness As the diversified claims of our large population for legislative aid annually increase, it is a matter of congratulation that we are enabled to adjourn at an earlier period than the Legislature of last year This is a high testimony in favor of your industry and devotion to the public business

In discharging the duties of the station to which your partiality called me, I have been much aided by your strict attention to business, and by your liberal support of the Chair To your indulgence in overlooking the many errors into which I may have been betrayed, I feel much indebted; and I assure you that is has been my constant study, in return for favors received, to endeavor to discharge with strict impartiality the delicate and difficult duties confided to me In a few moments we shall part, probably never again to assemble together within these walls This thought excites painful emotions in my bosom; and my regrets at parting deepen when I cast my eyes on your familiar faces, and perceive that your kind sensibilities are in unison with mine I trust that a protecting Providence will watch over and restore you to your friends in health; and that your further progress in life may be happy, will ever be one of the choicest wishes of my heart Fellow-members, farewell11

Personal lifeedit

In 1819, he was married to Sarah Ray Lansing 1797–1848, the daughter of Cornelia née Ray Lansing 1757–1834 and John Ten Eyck Lansing, Jr 1754–1829, the former Speaker of the New York State Assembly and Chancellor of New York from 1801 to 18141213 Her sister, Jane Lansing 1785–1871 was married to US Representative Rensselaer Westerlo 1776–1851, and sister Frances Lansing 1791–1855 was married to Jacob Livingston Sutherland 1788–1845 Together, they were the parents of:12

  • Maria Lansing Livingston, who died unmarried12
  • Cornelia Lansing Livingston 1821–1854, who died unmarried12
  • Frances "Fanny" S Livingston, who died unmarried12
  • Sarah Lansing Livingston 1824–1843, who died unmarried12
  • Philip Henry Livingston 1828–1913, who died unmarried12
  • John Lansing Livingston 1830–1904, who died unmarried in Paris, France,14 and was a member of the Union Club15
  • Edward Livingston 1834–1906,1617 who was prominent in New York Society and a member of the Union Club and the Metropolitan Club and lived at 17 East 34th Street,1518 and who married Fanny Hazeltine, of Boston1219

Livingston died June 16, 1840 in Albany, New York He was buried at Albany Rural Cemetery20


Through his son, Edward Livingston,2113 he was the grandfather of Clarisse Hazeltine Livingston,2223 who made her debut in 1887,24 and Edward Livingston, Jr b 1871,25 who graduated from Harvard in 1893 and Columbia University Law School in 189615262728


  1. ^ Mackenzie, George Norbury 1917 Colonial Families of the United States of America: In which is Given the History, Genealogy and Armorial Bearings of Colonial Families who Settled in the American Colonies from the Time of the Settlement of Jamestown, 13th May, 1607, to the Battle of Lexington, 19th April, 1775 Grafton Press Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  2. ^ a b c d Livingston, Edwin Brockholst 1910 The Livingstons of Livingston Manor: Being the History of that Branch of the Scottish House of Callendar which Settled in the English Province of New York During the Reign of Charles the Second; and Also Including an Account of Robert Livingston of Albany, "The Nephew," a Settler in the Same Province and His Principal Descendants Knickerbocker Press Retrieved 18 April 2017 
  3. ^ Henry Reed Stiles, ed 1886 The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record New York Genealogical and Biographical Society p 85 
  4. ^ American Treasures of the Library of Congress: "Fulton's Submarine"
  5. ^ Best, Nicholas 2005 Trafalgar: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sea Battle in History London: Phoenix ISBN 0-7538-2095-1
  6. ^ Hamilton, Alexander; Syrett, Harold Coffin 1979 The Papers of Alexander Hamilton Columbia University Press ISBN 9780231089258 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  7. ^ McLachlan, James March 8, 2015 Princetonians, 1748-1768: A Biographical Dictionary Princeton University Press ISBN 9781400870776 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  8. ^ "LIVINGSTON, Walter - Biographical Information" bioguidecongressgov Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  9. ^ a b Hough, Franklin B 1858 The New York civil list: containing the names and origin of the civil divisions, and the names and dates of election or appointment of the principal state and county officers from the Revolution to the present time Albany: Weed, Parsons and Co Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  10. ^ "Charles Humphrey Papers, 1810-1849" nyslnysedgov New York State Library Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  11. ^ a b Assembly, New York State Legislature 1837 Journal of the Assembly of the State of New York at Their Sixtieth Session E Croswell, Printer to the State p 645 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h Talcott, Sebastian V October 1, 2001 Genealogical Notes Of New York And New England Families Heritage Books pp 146–147 ISBN 9780788419560 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  13. ^ a b Times, Special To The New York 5 August 1935 "NOTES OF 1787 CITE STATES' RIGHT FEAR; Records Just Brought to Light at Princeton Show Trends at Constitutional Parley" The New York Times Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  14. ^ "Obituary -- Livingston" The New York Times 10 January 1904 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  15. ^ a b c "Heard in the Smoking Room" The New York Times 17 January 1904 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  16. ^ "Falls Dead on Friend's Veranda" The New York Times 19 December 1906 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  17. ^ "Edward Livingston papers" archivesnyplorg The New York Public Library Archives & Manuscripts Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  18. ^ Social Register, Summer Social Register Association 1907 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  19. ^ Times, Special To The New York 19 October 1905 "RUN DOWN, LEFT TO DROWN; Edward Livingston and Dr Edward L Keyes Barely Escape" The New York Times Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  20. ^ Edward Livingston at Find a Grave
  21. ^ "Obituary 1 -- LIVINGSTON" The New York Times 20 December 1906 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  22. ^ "Leases East 52d Street Residence" The New York Times 16 April 1930 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  23. ^ "Leases Putnam County Estate" The New York Times 28 May 1932 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  24. ^ "MAKING HER BOW TO SOCIETY; MISS CLARISSE LIVINGSTON'S DEBUT AND A BALL AT DELMONICO'S" The New York Times 13 December 1887 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  25. ^ 1893, Harvard College 1780- Class of 1895 Secretary's Fifth Report Crimson Printing Company Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  26. ^ University, Columbia 1912 Catalogue of Officers and Graduates of Columbia University from the Foundation of King's College in 1754 Columbia University p 499 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  27. ^ 1893, Harvard College 1780- Class of 1899 Record of the Class of 1893 Harvard University Press p 96 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  28. ^ "WHAT IS DOING IN SOCIETY" The New York Times 14 October 1902 Retrieved 18 May 2017 
  • History of Political Parties in the State of New-York John Stilwell Jenkins Alden & Markham, Auburn NY, 1846
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  • The New York Civil List Compiled by Franklin B Hough Weed, Parsons & Co, Albany NY, 1858
Government offices
Preceded by
Dirck L Vanderheyden
Clerk of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Horatio Merchant
Preceded by
Horatio Merchant
Clerk of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Francis Seger
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Humphrey
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Luther Bradish

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