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Walter Livingston

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Walter Livingston November 27, 1740 – May 14, 1797 was an American merchant, lawyer and politician


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

Early lifeedit

He was a son of Robert Livingston 1708–1790 and Maria Thong Livingston 1711–1765, a granddaughter of Governor Rip Van Dam He was a nephew of Philip Livingston 1716–17781 and the grandson of Philip Livingston 1686–1749 and Catharina Van Brugh He was the great-grandson of Robert Livingston the Elder 1654–1728, a New York colonial official, fur trader, and businessman who was granted a patent to 160,000 acres 650 km²/ 250 sq mi along the Hudson River, and becoming the first lord of Livingston Manor His paternal great-grandmother was Alida Schuyler b 1656, the daughter of Philip Pieterse Schuyler and the widow of Nicholas Van Rensselaer His great-grandparents were Pieter Van Brugh 1666–1740 and Sara Cuyler


He was a delegate to the Provincial Convention held in New York in April and May 1775, and a member of the First New York Provincial Congress from May to November 1775 He served as Commissary of Stores and Provisions for the Department of New York from July 17, 1775, until September 7, 1776, when he resigned He was Deputy Commissary General of the Northern Department in 1775 and 17761

Walter Livingston's grave at Trinity Church Cemetery

In 1777, he was appointed a county judge for Albany County He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1777 to 1779 and 1784–85, and served as Speaker from 1777 to 1779 In 1784, he was a member of the New York and Massachusetts Boundary Commission He was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York from 1784 to 17871

He was a member from New York of the Continental Congress in 1784 and 1785 In 1785, he was appointed Commissioner of the United States Treasury1

Personal lifeedit

He married Cornelia Schuyler 1746–1822, daughter of Pieter P Schuyler 1723–1753 and Gertrude Schuyler 1724–1813, his cousin Cornelia was the granddaughter of Pieter Schuyler 1657–1724, the first mayor of Albany Their children include:

  • Henry Walter Livingston 1768–1810, a member of the US House of Representatives, who married Mary Allen in 1796
  • Maria Livingston 1770–1828, who married Philip Henry Livingston 1770–1831
  • Peter Schuyler Livingston 1772–1809, who married Eliza Barclay 1776–1817, the daughter of Thomas Henry Barclay
  • Robert L Livingston 1775–1843, who married Margaret Maria Livingston 1783–1818, the daughter of Chancellor Robert R Livingston
  • Gertrude Livingston 1778–1864, who married William Cutting 1773–1820
  • Harriet Livingston 1783–1826, who married Robert Fulton 1765–1815 in 1806

He was buried at Trinity Churchyard in New York His home at Linlithgo in Columbia County, New York, known as Teviotdale, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 19792


Robert Linlithgow Livingston Jr b 1943, a Republican US Representative from Louisiana that was the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee from 1995–1999, is Walter Livingston's great-great-great-great-grandson3

Through his daughter Gertrude, he was the grandfather of Fulton Cutting 1816–1875, who married Elise Justine Bayard 1823–1852 and were the parents of William Bayard Cutting 1850–1912, a prominent financier4


  1. ^ a b c d "LIVINGSTON, Walter - Biographical Information" bioguidecongressgov Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved 16 September 2016 
  2. ^ National Park Service 2009-03-13 "National Register Information System" National Register of Historic Places National Park Service 
  3. ^ http://thehillcom/cover-stories/guess-whos-coming-to-the-firm-2007-12-11html
  4. ^ "WB CUTTING DIES ON TRAIN" The New York Times 2 Mar 1912 p 1 Retrieved February 18, 2013 
  • United States Congress "Walter Livingston id: L000373" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
  • Political Graveyard
  • Livingston family tree
  • Ancestry of Bob Livingston
Political offices
Preceded by
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Evert Bancker

Category:American people of Dutch descent

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