TIBBITS, George, 1763-1849


Guide to Research Collections

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: In the Tibbits Family Papers, ca. 1684-1947, 100 cubic feet.
The papers of George Tibbits consist of correspondence, bills, receipts, ledgers, journals, landtitles, platbooks, memoranda, petitions, articles and speeches relating to various phases of his career in business and politics. From 1784-1804, these papers concern his dealings with wholesalers and shippers as well as the retail operations of the store. Hardware and dry goods were probably the chief line of merchandise he sold as indicated in an assortment of journals and ledgers that remain. There is also some evidence that he operated a grain storage warehouse from which it was sold or barteed wholesale. Another major endeavor of George Tibbits documented in these papers was the acquisition, subdivision, and release of land in Troy, Schaghticke, Hoosick, McCormick’s Patent, and Scribas Patent. As for George Tibbits career in politics and government, there is correspondence, memoranda, and drafts of articles, reports, and speeches clearly reveal his sentiments on a wide range of local and national issued. For example, there are a series of essays he presented at the National Convention on Trade and Commerce, at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1827, that were later published in the “Philadelphia Inquirer” in which he advocates the imposition of tarifs and duties on foreign goods. Another example of his work is an essay entitled “Remarks Upon Canals” where he sets forth his case for financing the construction of the Erie Canal through domestic sources as opposed to foreign. Also included here are drafts of numerous petitions he authored as mayor of Troy during the 1830’s concerning such matters as the bridge at Albany and the controversial move by the State of New York to change the terminus of the Erie Canal. Lastly, this series includes material generated by his work with the special commission on prisons, such as detailed statistical charts and related reports on the physical facilties and financial operations at Auburn.