SCHUYLER, Philip John, (1733 - 1804)

Senate Years of Service: 1789-1791; 1797-1798
Party: Pro-Administration; Federalist

SCHUYLER, Philip John, (father of Philip Jeremiah Schuyler), a Delegate and a Senator from New York; born in Albany, N.Y., November 20, 1733; attended the common schools of Albany and studied under a private tutor in New Rochelle, N.Y.; served in the British Army and was commissioned captain in 1755; appointed chief commissary in 1756; resigned from the British Army in 1757; rejoined in 1758 as a major; sent to England to settle colonial claims in 1758; returned in 1763 and engaged in the lumber business in Saratoga, N.Y.; built the first flax mill in America; member, New York assembly 1768; Member of the Continental Congress 1775, 1777, and 1779-1780; appointed one of the four major generals in the Continental Army in 1775 and resigned in 1779; member, New York State senate 1780-1784, 1786-1790; elected to the United States Senate and served from July 16, 1789, to March 3, 1791; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; member, State senate 1792-1797; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1797, to January 3, 1798, when he resigned because of ill health; died in Albany, N.Y., November 18, 1804; interment in Albany Rural Cemetery.


Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; Bush, Martin. Revolutionary Enigma: A Re-Appraisal of General Philip Schuyler. Port Washington, N.Y.: I.J. Friedman, 1969; Gerlach, Don R. Philip Schuyler and the Growth of New York, 1733-1804. Albany: University of the State of New York, Office of State History, 1968.