New York City – Samuel J. Tilden

Contemporary with Mr. Hewitt was his neighbor, Samuel J. Tilden, who, as Governor of the State, and almost as President of the United States, has given the Park its greatest political distinction. During that most critical period in the history of the United States, when the election of Tilden or Hayes hung in the balance, […]

New York City – The Great Citizen, Mayor Abram S. Hewitt

Our third Mayor, Abram S. Hewitt, when he married Miss Cooper in 1855, came to live at No. 9 Lexington Avenue and made it his home for nearly fifty years. His brilliant record as a student in Columbia College, from which he graduated in 1842, gave promise of the great career which was fully realized […]

New York City – John Bigelow

Tilden was fortunate in having as his biographer, his friend and neighbor, John Bigelow, who knew him well, and appreciated all his fine qualities. Mr. Bigelow was one of Tilden’s executors and was the last survivor of the group of men who made the Park famous during the last century. He lived at No. 21 […]

New York City – Personal Recollections Of Washington Irving

WASHINGTON IRVING may be regarded as the first author produced by the American Republic. He was, we may recall, born in 1783, the year in which the Republic secured, under the Treaty of Paris, recognition of its independence. My father’s home was a few miles south of Sunnyside. From time to time, my father would […]

New York City – Washington Irving And The Empress Eugenie

To the casual reader the name of Washington Irving suggests a romantic figure that belongs to a very different world from the one in which we live. Somehow we think of him as the ancients thought of their muses—a forceful but mysterious being who wielded an enchanting spell over our forebears, charming them into tears […]

New York City – Dr. J.G. Holland And Roswell Smith

Two men who, with knowledge and sympathy and money, did much to further the growth of literature and art in New York in the seventies, were Josiah Gilbert Holland and Roswell Smith, founders, with the senior Charles Scribner, of the joint stock company known in its early years as Scribner & Co. The chief object […]

New York City – Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was an Old New Yorker in the best sense of the word. His family for generations were New Yorkers, and they were not citizens only but citizens who, in each generation, took an active and important part in the affairs of the city and of the state. Going back to pre-revolutionary times, we […]

New York City – Samuel B. Ruggles, Founder Of Gramercy Park

Next in descent of ownership must be ranked Samuel B. Ruggles, who in 1831 purchased “Gramercy Seat,” or a large part of it, from the heirs of James Duane, and the story of his purchase and of the use which he made of it cannot be told better than by quoting from the address of […]

New York City – Lydia F. Wadleigh, Pioneer Of Higher Education

Lydia F. Wadleigh holds the unique position of being the pioneer of the higher education of women in New York. The women lawyers, doctors, preachers, legislators and college graduates of the present day make it possible for us to realize the greatness and the inestimable value of the modest work commenced by this devoted woman. […]

New York City – The Artistocracy Of Old New York

There is an old aristocracy in this city, which is not generally understood. There is no strata of society so difficult to approach or reach. This class makes no noise, no fuss, nor is at all pretentious. If one has qualities and attributes that will place him at the fire-sides of the old set, he […]