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SCHERMERHORN Hon. Abraham Maus

SCHERMERHORN Hon. Abraham Maus

Male 1791 - 1855  (63 years)Deceased

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  • Name  SCHERMERHORN Hon. Abraham Maus 
    Prefix  Hon. 
    Born  11 Dec 1791  [1
    Christened  Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Graduation  1810  Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Union College 
    • He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1812.
    Occupation  1837  Rochester, Monroe, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    3rd Mayor 
    Died  22 Aug 1855  [3
    Age  63 years 
    Buried  Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Plot H, Lot 1
    Gravestone of Abraham Maus Schermerhorn at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY
    Gravestone of Abraham Maus Schermerhorn at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY
    Gravestone of Abraham Maus Schermerhorn at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY
    Gravestone of Abraham Maus Schermerhorn at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY
    Person ID  I5099  One Big Family Tree
    Last Modified  8 Apr 2013 

    Father  SCHERMERHORN Hon. Maus,   b. 9 Mar 1753,   d. 26 Jan 1830, Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 76 years 
    Mother  SWITS Catharine,   b. 1 May 1764,   d. 20 Aug 1829  Age: 65 years 
    Married  12 Apr 1786  Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F788  Group Sheet

    Family  ADAMS Mary Kent,   b. 1798,   d. 1865  Age: 67 years 
    Married  1816  [1
    Children 
     1. SCHERMERHORN Susan,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. SCHERMERHORN James Adams,   b. 26 Feb 1816, Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1879  Age: 63 years
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F1824  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - - Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGraduation - Union College - 1810 - Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - 3rd Mayor - 1837 - Rochester, Monroe, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • EDUCATION -- Abraham Maus Schermerhorn was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, with high standing. He received degrees of A. B. and A. M., and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

      OCCUPATION -- . In 1818, he removed to Cherry Valley and was appointed cashier of the Cherry Valley Bank, a new institution. Banking in the State, west of Albany, was then in its infancy. He had the entire management of the business, discharged the various duties of bookkeeper, teller, cashier, president and director, and so conducted the affairs of the bank as to secure a high reputation as a successful banker. He remained there until 1824, when the charter of the Bank of Rochester was obtained and then removed, upon invitation, to the (then) Village of Rochester, and became the first cashier of the new Bank, which position he occupied with distinctive ability until 1829, when the Bank of Monroe was chartered (an institution of much larger capital than the Bank of Rochester), and became its president. He presided over it several years and was regarded, if not the foremost banker, at least one of the foremost bankers in western New York.

      In 1834, he was one of the three Supervisors of Rochester, when the city charter was granted. In 1836, he was elected Mayor of the city, but served only three months. In 1848, he was elected to the U. S. Congress and was re-elected in 1850, continuing to represent the district for four years. He was regarded at Washington as a clear-headed business member.

      Extract from "Reminiscences of Levi Beardsley, 1852," N. Y.: "The bank (Central Bank of Cherry Valley) went into operation in the autumn of that year (1818) under the auspices of Abraham M. Schermerhorn, as cashier, who is a member of the present Congress from Rochester, Monroe Co., and was also a member of the last. Mr. Schermerhorn was a man of decided talents, managed the bank with great ability, and finally went to Rochester, six years afterwards, where for many years he was the leading and most popular financier in western New York. He is shrewd, kind-hearted, sincere and ardent in his friendships, and I have always regarded him as a high-minded, honorable and honest man."

      Abraham M. Schermerhorn is a resident of Cortland, N. Y., where he maintains a real estate office in the Schermerhorn Building. There is also a Schermerhorn school in Cortland, which takes its name from property owned by the family. James A. Schermerhorn, 2nd, and his brother, Milne P., are lawyers, with offices in Rochester, N. Y. [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, Richard Schermerhorn, (NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1914.), 91, 107. (Reliability: 3), 31 Mar 2010.

    2. [S14] Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, Richard Schermerhorn, (NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1914.).

    3. [S14] Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, Richard Schermerhorn, (NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1914.), 107. (Reliability: 3), 1 Apr 2010.