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SCHERMERHORN William Colford

SCHERMERHORN William Colford

Male 1821 - 1903  (81 years)Deceased

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  • Name  SCHERMERHORN William Colford 
    Born  22 Jun 1821  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1 Jan 1903  [1
    Age  81 years 
    Buried  Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
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    Person ID  I6061  One Big Family Tree
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 

    Father  SCHERMERHORN Peter,   b. 22 Apr 1781, , Dutchess, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1852  Age: 71 years 
    Mother  JONES Sarah,   b. 1782,   d. 28 Apr 1845  Age: 63 years 
    Married  5 Apr 1804 
    Family ID  F2136  Group Sheet

    Family  COTTENET Ann E. H.,   b. 18 Aug 1825,   d. 14 Feb 1907  Age: 81 years 
    Married  24 Sep 1845  [1
     1. SCHERMERHORN Fanny,   b. 21 Jul 1846, Paris, , , France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. SCHERMERHORN Sarah,   b. 11 Mar 1850,   d. 30 Jul 1903, Bar Harbor, Hancock, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 53 years
     3. SCHERMERHORN Annie Cottenet,   b. 28 Mar 1857,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F2166  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 
    • William Colford Schermerhorn was educated in the private schools of New York City, and was graduated from Columbia College with honor in 1840. He studied for the Bar and was admitted in 1842. In 1860 Columbia conferred on him the degree of A. M. His life was one of continual public service as a patron of literature, arts and letters. He was a member of the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the American Fine Arts and Geographical Societies and the scientific Alliance.

      He was made Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University in 1893, and in the Spring of 1895, with President Low and others, was intensely interested in the project to remove the institution from its old site on 49th St. to its present location on Morningside Heights. On May 6th of that year, at a meeting of the Trustees, President Low announced that he would furnish funds to erect a million dollar building for a University Library, and William C. Schermerhorn followed it up with a gift of $300,000 for another college building, to be used for such purpose as should seem wise. At the same meeting, F. Augustus Schermerhorn, his nephew, offered to the University the almost priceless Townsend Library of National, State and individual War Records and a fund of $4000 for their maintenence.

      The Schermerhorn building at the left of the Columbia Library, on the Amsterdam Ave. side, as one faces that structure, became with its mate, the Havemeyer Building, one of the original groups of buildings on the new site. It is devoted to general science, with museums, laboratories, lecture rooms, and seminaries for botany, geology and physics, as well as the D'Acosta department of biology and some of the mechanical and astronomical departments.

      Up to 1860, William C. Schermerhorn made his home in the old Schermerhorn residence on Lafayette Pl., cor. Fourth St., and in that year he built the residence No. 49 West 23rd St., where he lived at the time of his death. Like his father he was a prominent member of the Grace Protestant Episcopal Church and for a number of years previous to his death was senior warden. Besides the organizations already mentioned he was a member of the City Club, Metropolitan Club, Knickerbocker Club, Whist Club and the Columbia Alumni Association. He was also a Trustee of the N. Y. Life Insurance and Trust Co. [1]

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