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Encyclopedia > William Frederick Havemeyer
William Frederick Havemeyer (1804-1874)
William Frederick Havemeyer (1804-1874)
The death of William Havemeyer, originally appearing as "Sudden Death of the Hon. William F. Havemeyer in his Office," New York, NY, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Dec. 1874)
The death of William Havemeyer, originally appearing as "Sudden Death of the Hon. William F. Havemeyer in his Office," New York, NY, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Dec. 1874)

William Frederick Havemeyer (February 12, 1804November 30, 1874) was a New York businessman and politician serving three times as the mayor of New York City from 1845-1846, 1848-1849 and from 1873 until his death in 1874. February 12 is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1804 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... For a list of the Dutch Director-Generals who governed New Amsterdam (as New York City was called when it was a Dutch-run settlement) between 1624 and 1664, see: Director-General of New Netherland. ...


Born in New York City, New York to German immigrants, Havemeyer received a liberal education attending Columbia College and Wykoff Village Academy, graduating from the former in 1823. Havemeyer was a successful sugar refiner when he retired in 1842 and entered local politics under the Democratic Party as an elector during the United States presidential election of 1844, before becoming elected mayor of New York from 1845-1846, and again in 1849-1850. New York, New York redirects here. ... Columbia College is the main undergraduate college at Columbia University, situated on the universitys main campus of Morningside Heights in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ...


Taking his leave from New York's political scene, Havemeyer returned to business as a banker and, in 1851, was voted president of the Bank of North America. He also became a large stockholder of the Pennsylvania Coal Company and Long Island Rail Road among insurance and other corporate interests. The Bank of North America was chartered in 1781 by the Continental Congress and opened on January 7, 1782, at the prodding of Finance Minister Robert Morris, and was rechartered in 1784. ... An M3 railcar The Long Island Rail Road or LIRR (often referred to as the L-I-double-R) is a commuter rail system serving the length of Long Island, New York, United States. ...


In 1859, he was nominated by Tammany Hall to run against Democratic candidate Fernando Wood and Republican candidate George Opdyke narrowly losing to Wood 30,000 to 27,000 (Opdyke gained 23,000 votes). During the American Civil War, Havemeyer was a strong advocate of the Union and was and an early supporter of the abolition of slavery. Tammany Hall was the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in New York City politics from the 1790s to the 1960s. ... Fernando Wood (June 14, 1812–February 14, 1881) is famous for being one of the most colorful mayors in the history of New York City. ... George Opdyke George Opdyke (1805 - June 12, 1880) was an entrepreneur, a millionaire, and the mayor of New York City during the United States Civil War, from 1862 to 1863. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... This article is about the abolition of slavery. ...


In the wake the Boss Tweed financial scandal, forcing the political boss of Tammany Hall to flee the country, Havemeyer was named vice president of the political reform organization Committee of 70 and assisted in organizing Reform Association in the cites assembly districts. Largely involved in voting the corrupt Tweed administration out of office, Havemeyer was nominated by the Republican Party Convention as a candidate for Mayor of New York on October 1, 1872. Although he at first declined to accept the nomination, the decision was supported by the Committee of 70 and the United Reform Convention and once again returned to successfully defeat Tammany Hall candidate Abraham R. Lawrence and James O'Brian to become Mayor for a third time, the first candidate since DeWitt Clinton to do so. Although reorganizing the city government political organization with the Board of Alderman under the Charter of 1873, several of his nominations were opposed by the Board of Alderman and, among other scandals, Havemeyer's administration soon proved an unpopular one compared to his previous administration as Havemeyer later died while in office on November 30, 1874 and buried at the Bronx's Woodlawn Cemetery in New York. [1] 1869 Tobacco label featuring Boss Tweed. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1872 (MDCCCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Tammany Hall was the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in New York City politics from the 1790s to the 1960s. ... DeWitt Clinton. ... November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of United States. ... Located in The Bronx, Woodlawn Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in New York City. ...


Resources

  • Boman, John, ed. William Frederick Havemeyer (1804-74). Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography. [2]

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