Three Rivers
History From America's Most Famous Valleys

Philip Schuyler and the Growth of New York, 1733-1804


Philip Schuyler's public career spanned one of the most significant periods in American history. As colonial landowner, merchant, and office holder, he greatly influenced the course of New York growth and development. As Revolutionary War general and statesman, he was a leader in the struggle for independence. Following the war, Schuyler held State and national office, helped breathe life into the Constitution, served as United States Senator, advised his son-in-law, Alexander Hamilton, on public affairs, started the State's canal system and fought continuing battles in State politics. A listing of some of the highlights of Philip Schuyler's career is ample justification for this booklet.

Dr. Don R. Gerlach, the author of this publication, studied history at the University of London and at the University of Nebraska where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Presently, he is Associate Professor of History at the University of Akron. His Philip Schuyler and the American Revolution in New York, 1733-1777, published by the University of Nebraska Press in 1964, is the first of a projected two-volume biography of Schuyler. This booklet is based on the extensive research in the standard as well as in new manuscript sources.

The purpose of this booklet is to bring together the main points of the Schuyler story and to present them in an interesting way for teachers, school children, and the general public.

Special thanks for editing the manuscript are due to DR. EUGENE F. KRAMER, Senior Historian, Office of State History.

LOUIS LEONARD TUCKER, Assistant Commissioner for State History.

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