Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York
The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York is an organization in New York City of men who are descended from early inhabitants of the State of New York.
The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York was founded by author Washington Irving and others, as an "organization to commemorate the history and heritage of New York, and to promote good fellowship among the members." The first meeting was a dinner held on February 14, 1835 at Washington Hall, a popular dining and meeting locale in the 1830s, at the southeast corner of the intersection of Broadway and Reade Street.
The group continues to hold regular dinners and meetings and to pay for newspaper announcements when one of their members dies. The dinners are sometimes addressed by notable speakers, with reports of speeches appearing in The New York Times.
The Society has several Officers including President, four Vice Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, Genealogist, Assistant Genealogist, Chaplains, and Physicians. Members are appointed to a Board of Managers annually, and have three members for each Class or year who serve between a one and a five-year term. Similarly, a Board of Stewards with a Chief Steward and five members is appointed. Lastly, the organization has several standing committees including an Executive Committee, Admissions Committee, Finance Committee, Law Committee, Nominating Committee, Publications Committee, and a Speakers and Medals Committee.
Any male of eighteen years of age, in respectable standing in society, of good moral character, who was a native or resident of what is now the City or State of New York prior to the year 1785, or who is a descendant of any such native or resident, shall be eligible as a member. But whenever, and as long as there shall be six hundred and fifty members of the Society, no one shall be elected to membership unless he be the descendant in the oldest male line of a member or former member, and in all elections to membership the ballot shall be first taken on the candidates who may be descendants of members.
Membership is by invitation of a member who will propose the candidate and elicit letters from another member willing to second the nomination, as well as from a supporter. Prospective members must be introduced as a guest at a gathering of the Society. The completed application with substantiating documentation and three letters are submitted to the Society for verification by the Genealogist. Upon his approval, the file is presented to the Admissions Committee and with their approval to the Board of Managers.
Some of the important Society members, past and present, include:
- Washington Irving, writer and founder of the Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York
- Cortland Irving
- William Malcolm
- William Watts Sherman
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Cornelius Vanderbilt
- Peter Gerard Stuyvesant first president was the 2nd largest land owner in NYC. He owned the 60 acre Bowery family Stuyesant farm which he developed into residential housing from Houston Street to 23rd Street.
- John Jacob Astor was also instrumental in the founding of the society.
- David Van Nostrand
- Peter Gerard Stuyvesant, 1835-1836
- Gulian Crommelin Verplanck, 1837–1841, 1858-1859
- Egbert Benson, 1842-1843
- James K. Manley, 1844-1845
- Samuel Jones, 1846-1847
- John Alsop King, 1848-1849
- James DePeyster Ogden, 1850–1851, 1856-1857
- Ogden Hoffman, 1852-1853
- Frederic De Peyster, 1854-1855
- Hamilton Fish 1860-1861
- James Jacobus Roosevelt, 1862, 1864
- John Van Buren, 1863
- August Schell, 1865-1866
- Charles Roome, 1867
- James William Beekman, 1868-1869
- Benjamin Hazard Field, 1870
- Richard Edwards Mount, Jr., 1871-1872
- James Monroe McLean, 1873-1874
- Augustus Rodney Macdonough, 1875-1876
- William Montgomery Vermilye, 1877-1878
- Robert George Remsen, 1879
- Edward Floyd DeLancey, 1880-1881
- Abraham Riker Lawrence, 1882-1883
- Nathaniel Platt Bailey, 1884
- Cornelius Vanderbilt II, 1885-1886
- Carlisle Norwood, Jr., 1887
- John Cruger Mills, 1888
- Edward Schell, 1889
- James William Beekman, 1890-1891
- Frederick James DePeyster, 1892-1893
- Chauncey Mitchell Depew, 1894-1895
- Edward King, 1896-1897
- Stiles Franklin Stanton, 1898-1899
- Frederic dePeyster Foster, 1900-1901
- Stuyvesant Fish, 1902-1903
- George Gosman DeWitt, 1904-1905
- Austen George Fox, 1906-1907
- William Jay, 1908-1909
- Charles Augustus Schermerhorn, 1910-1911
- John Thomas Lockman, 1912
- Walter Lispenard Suydam, 1913
- Charles Isham, 1914
- "Saint Nicholas Society". The New York Times. November 11, 1873. p. 8. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
- "DUTCH DESCENDANTS DINE.; They Join in Celebrating for the Saint Nicholas Society.". The New York Times. December 7, 1911. p. 9. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
- "Died". The New York Times. August 13, 1913. p. 9. Retrieved 25 November 2009. "It is with deep regret that announcement is made of the death of Cortlandt Irving, a member of this society, at his late residence, 122 East 62d St., on Aug. 8th, 1913."
- "Taylor Advocates Policy of Isolation; Tariff and Taxes, Not Dry Law …". New York Times. December 8, 1931. Retrieved 25 November 2009. "Myron C. Taylor, chairman of the finance committee of the United States Steel Corporation, declared last night at the ninety-seventh annual dinner of the Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York..."
- "Officers". Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
- "Membership". Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
- Youngs, Florence Evenlyn Pratt (1914). "Portraits of the presidents of the society, 1835-1914". The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
- "Record of the SemiCentennial Anniversary". The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York. February 28, 1885. Retrieved 24 December 2011.