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Henry Ledyard

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Henry Brockholst Ledyard, Sr March 5, 1812 – June 7, 1880 was the mayor of Detroit, Michigan and a state senator, briefly served as assistant secretary under Secretary of State Lewis Cass, and was the president of the Newport Hospital and the Redwood Library in Newport, Rhode Island


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
    • 31 Descendants
  • 4 References

Early lifeedit

Ledyard was born in New York City on March 5, 1812, the son of prominent New York lawyer Benjamin Ledyard 1779–1812 and Susan French Livingston 1789–1864 His mother was the daughter of Revolutionary War Colonel and US Supreme Court justice Henry Brockholst Livingston 1757–1823 and granddaughter of New Jersey governor William Livingston1

Ledyard graduated from Columbia College in 1830, and began practicing law in New York When Lewis Cass was appointed Minister to France, Ledyard accompanied him to Paris, eventually becoming chargé d’affaires of the embassy1


Ledyard returned to the United States in 1844 and moved to Detroit, where he was active in the city and managed Cass's property holdings2 He was one of the founders of the State Savings Bank, one of the original promoters of the Elmwood Cemetery, and was a member of the Board of Education1

He organized and promoted the first plank road company in Michigan, and was involved in a number of other ventures that promoted communication between Detroit and the interior of the state3 In 1849-1850 he was an alderman of the city, and served as mayor in 1855 and was one of the original commissioners on the Board of Water Commissioners1

Ledyard was a Democrat, and was elected as a state senator in 18571 However, when Lewis Cass was appointed Secretary of State under James Buchanan, Ledyard resigned his post in the legislature3 and accompanied him to Washington, DC, and remained there until 1861,1 briefly serving as assistant secretary of state2 Afterwards, he moved to Newport, Rhode Island, where he lived for the rest of his life He raised funds for and was the first president of the Newport Hospital, and was the president of the Redwood Library in Newport1

Personal lifeedit

In 1839, Ledyard married Cass's daughter Matilda Frances Cass 1808–18981 The couple had five children:435

  • Elizabeth Cass Ledyard 1840–1918, who married to Francis Wayland Goddard 1833–1889 in 18626
  • Henry Brockholst Ledyard, Jr 1844–1921, a twin, who married to Mary R L'Hommedieu 1847–1895 He was president of the Michigan Central Railroad and the Union Trust Company78
  • Susan Livingston Ledyard 1844–1877, a twin, who married to Hamilton Bullock Tompkins 1843–1921 in 1876, and she died the next year9
  • Lewis Cass Ledyard 1851–1932, who married to Gertrude Prince 1851–1905 in 187810 After Gertrude's death in 1905, Lewis married Isabelle Henning Morris in 1906 He was a prominent New York lawyer in the firm Carter Ledyard & Milburn, president of the New York Public Library, and personal counsel to J Pierpont Morgan1112
  • Matilda Spancer Ledyard b 18605

Henry Ledyard died June 7, 1880, in London, England, during a brief European visit1


Through his eldest son Henry, he was the grandfather of Matilda Cass Ledyard 1871–1960, who married Baron Clemens von Ketteler 1853–1900, a German diplomat,1314 Henry B Ledyard III 1875–1932, Augustus Canfield Ledyard 1877–1899, and Hugh Ledyard 1885–1951


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Silas Farmer 1889, THE HISTORY OF DETROIT AND MICHIGAN, pp 1041–1043 
  2. ^ a b Stephen D Bingham 1888, Early history of Michigan: with biographies of state officers, members of Congress, judges and legislators, Thorp & Godfrey, state printers, pp 410–411 
  3. ^ a b c Compendium of History and Biography of the City of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan, Henry Taylor & Co, 1908, pp 251–254 
  4. ^ The Magazine of American history with notes and queries, 7, A S Barnes, 1881, p 195 
  5. ^ a b Ledyard, Henry "Guide to the Henry Ledyard collection 1726-1899 and undated bulk 1840-1859" PDF librarybrownedu Redwood Library and Athenaeum Retrieved 26 April 2017 
  6. ^ Island, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America Rhode 1897 First record book of the Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: Ending August 31, 1896 Snow & Farnham, printers Retrieved 26 April 2017 
  7. ^ Clarence Monroe Burton; William Stocking; Gordon K Miller 1922, The city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922; Volume 4, The S J Clarke publishing company, pp 5–6 
  8. ^ "Ledyard Given Quiet Funeral," Detroit Free Press, May 28, 1921, pg 11
  9. ^ Tompkins, Hamilton Bullock 1877 Biographical Record of the Class of 1865, of Hamilton College Hamilton College Retrieved 26 April 2017 
  10. ^ "Mrs Lewis Cass Ledyard, Sr 1851-1905" wwwnyhistoryorg New-York Historical Society Retrieved 26 April 2017 
  11. ^ Psi Upsilon 1932, The diamond of Psi Upsilon, 18 3, Psi Upsilon Fraternity, pp 170–171 
  12. ^ Marquis, Albert Nelson 1911 Who's Who in America | A Biographical Directory of Notable Living Men and Women of The United States | Vol VI 1910-1911 London: A N Marquis & Co p 1134 Retrieved 26 April 2017 
  13. ^ Michigan, University of The President's Report to the Board of Regents for the Academic Year Financial Statement for the Fiscal Year UM Libraries Retrieved 26 April 2017 
  14. ^ Bragg, Amy Elliott October 20, 2011 Hidden History of Detroit Arcadia Publishing ISBN 9781614233459 Retrieved 26 April 2017 
Political offices
Preceded by
Oliver Moulton Hyde
Mayor of Detroit
Succeeded by
Oliver Moulton Hyde

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