Schenectady: Frontier Village to Colonial City

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  • Copyright: 2011-03-15
  • Publisher: History Pr
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Schenectady Began as a Dutch settlement and grew into a British and then American metropolis on the banks of the Mohawk River. Characteristically stubborn Dutchmen battled over land ownership and clashed with newcomers during the early colonial days. Religious conflict erupted as Methodists struggled to overcome adversity, and Presbyterians and the Dutch Reformed struggled to share a new and thriving community. At the same time, important developments took place. Construction of roads and waterways made the city the gateway to the west, and the founding of institutions such as Union College brought refinement to what had once been the rough-edged New World. Originally compiled in 1946 by city historian William B. Efner, this collection of essays by local historians captures the spirit and grit that shaped early Schenectady. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Introduction to This Volumep. 11
Original 1948 Introductionp. 17
Historical Address-Sesquicentennial Dinner, Hotel Van Curler, March 29, 1948-150th Anniversary of the Cityp. 19
The Struggle to Become a City
With Dutch Stubbornness, Settlers Squabble Over Town's Common Landsp. 27
Trustees, Harassed by Descendants, Pestered by Newcomers, Now Furiousp. 32
Era of Distrust Ends, Compromise Follows; Law and Order Demandedp. 34
Turmoil Marks 1797-Dutch and Newcomers Clash-Go to Pollsp. 38
Feud Precedes; Breakdown of Dutch Control as New Comers Plan Movesp. 40
Elderly, Disillusioned Trustees Quit-Pave Way for City Charterp. 44
Dorp of Schenectady Two Centuries Ago Had Common Council Troublesp. 48
Dutch Descendants Defeat Move to Legislate End of Old Order Herep. 52
City Incorporated 150 Years Ago, March 26, 1798 Gov. Jay Signs Bill Climaxing Newcomers Struggle with Dutchp. 57
Notable Persons
Famed Names Among Those Associated with the Chartering of Schenectadyp. 63
Charter Year Finds Nation a Land of Rural Peoples and Political Turmoilp. 66
Two Noted Albany Lawyers Had Large Part in Incorporationp. 68
Timothy Dwight of Yale Visits Schenectady in 1798-Sarcasticp. 70
Public Life of Joseph C. Yates Town Clerk in 1792; Mayor, 1798p. 72
Schenectady's First Mayor Moves Up In State Politics-Rejects Van Buren's Proffered 1817 Bid for Gubernatorial Honors, Then Breaks with Clinton-Plays Game with Bucktail Chief-Slated for U.S. Senate, Yates Sidetracked by Van Buren Who Goes to Washington Instead-Elected Governor in 1822p. 78
Though Weary of Bloodshed, Local Men Respond When Needed, Officer Militiap. 83
Physicians and Surgeons in the 1790s Play Important Role Herep. 86
Dirck Romeyn, Founder of Union College and Dutch Ecclesiasticp. 93
Dirck Romeyn's Five Grandsons, the Beck Boys, Win International Famep. 98
John Howard Payne, Playwright-Actor-His Unrequited Lovep. 108
The ôMohawk Gatewayö
Burr Builds ôMost Unusual Bridge in Americaö Here-Succeeds 1798 Failurep. 113
Mohawk River Water Trail Westward; Schenectady, Port of Embarkationp. 118
Story of a Great Waterway, the Mohawk River, Bateaux & Trafficp. 122
Stage Coach Days: Early Stages-Turnpikes, Taverns and Personalitiesp. 125
Schenectady's Early Religions
The Dutch Church Environsp. 141
Old St. George's-the English Church-Two Centuries Oldp. 150
Thrilling Happenings Feature Early Presbyterian Servicesp. 154
Methodists Active, 1795-Are Persecuted-Increase-Buildp. 156
About the Authorp. 159
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