Peter T. Curtenius

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Peter Theobaldus Curtenius (April 3, 1734 in New York City – 1798 in New York City) was an American merchant and politician.


He was the son of Rev. Anthonius Curtenius, a clergyman of the Dutch Church who had come from Holland to the United States. In August 1755, he married Catharine Goelet (d. 1806), and their children were Elizabeth Curtenius (b. 1757), Anthony Curtenius (b. 1759), Catharine Curtenius Dunlap (b. 1761), Gen. Peter Curtenius (1763-1817), Janet Curtenius (b. 1765), Philip Curtenius (b. 1768), Jane Curtenius Roosevelt (1770-1846), Mary Curtenius (b. 1773) and Anthony Washington Curtenius (b. 1775).

In 1774, he was a member of the New York Committee of Correspondence. On May 31, 1775, the New York Provincial Congress appointed him Commissary General, with the rank of colonel, being in charge of the purchase of provisions for the Continental Army.

In 1782, after the resignation of Comfort Sands, he was appointed New York State Auditor, holding the post until the creation of the succeeding office of comptroller in 1797.

He died from yellow fever in New York City, and was originally buried at the vault of the Middle Dutch Church on Cedar Street, but he and his son Peter's remains were re-interred in 1857 at the Beechwoods Cemetery in New Rochelle, New York.

His son Peter as the Marshal of the City of New York in 1812 carried out a registration of "Alien Enemies", that is British people, of whom there were about 1500 in the city, following the outbreak of the War of 1812.


  • Google Book New York City During the American Revolution (pg. 69ff, The Mercantile Library Association, NYC, 1861)
  • [1] Roosevelt genealogy
  • Google Book The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
  • [2] Baptisms at the New Amsterdam Dutch Reformed Church, 1731-1800, at rootsweb

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  • [3] Find a Grave
Political offices
Preceded by
Comfort Sands
as Auditor General
New York State Auditor
Succeeded by
Samuel Jones
as Comptroller