Colgate Hoyt

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Colgate Hoyt (March 2, 1849 – January 30, 1922) was an American businessman active in the late nineteenth century.

Early life[edit]

Hoyt was born on March 2, 1849 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was one of six children born to Mary Ella (née Beebe) Hoyt (1814–1890) and Dr. James Madison Hoyt (1815–1895), a Baptist minister, lawyer, businessman and author. Among his siblings was Wayland Hoyt, who was also a Baptist minister and author. He was a descendant of Simon Hoyt, who landed in Massachusetts in 1628 and settled in Windsor, Connecticut, and Walker Hoyt, who was one of the first settlers of Norwalk.[1]

Hoyt attended public schools in Cleveland before attending the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He abandoned school due to his father's ill health, going into this father's law offices, before entering real estate.[1]


In 1881 he came to New York and became affiliated with James B. Colgate & Co. (James Boorman Colgate was his uncle by marriage) For many years thereafter, he was a prominent financier in New York on Wall Street who specialized in railroad transportation. He later became a partner of Colgate, Hoyt & Co. in which he was active in the organization and finance of many businesses.

He was a director of the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company, and one of the founders of Everett, Washington, where a main street is named after him.

Personal life[edit]

In 1873, he was married to Lida Williams Sherman (1853–1908), the daughter of Charles Taylor Sherman and niece of William Tecumseh Sherman.[2] Together, they were the parents of four children:

After the death of his first wife in 1908,[2] he was married to the former Katherine Sharp (1879–1972) at Wood Manse in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1912. Katharine, who was previously married to George Scott Cheeseman, was a daughter of Judge Solomon A. Sharp, a California Assemblyman and Senator.[1] In New York City, his residence was at 121 Madison Avenue and Hoyt's country estate was a 46 acre parcel known as Eastover that was located on New York's Centre Island.[8]

Hoyt died on January 30, 1922 at his home in Oyster Bay, New York.[9] After his death, his widow remarried to geologist Charles Page Perin in 1925.


  1. ^ a b c "COLGATE HOYT WEDS MRS. K.S. CHEESMAN; Banker and Railroad Director Married to Widow at Wood Manse, Greenwich, Conn" (PDF). The New York Times. 21 July 1912. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Mrs. Colgate Hoyt Dead" (PDF). The New York Times. 16 September 1908. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  3. ^ TIMES, Special to THE NEW YORK (11 July 1951). "Miss Anne S. Hoyt, of Notable Family" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  4. ^ Broadwater, Robert P. (2013). William T. Sherman: A Biography. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9781440800610. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  5. ^ "COLGATE HOYT, 80, BROKER, IS DEAD; Headed Draft Board Here Active as Yachtsman General's Staff Received State Honor" (PDF). The New York Times. 14 September 1963. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  6. ^ Times, Special to The New York (4 September 1954). "Lady Lindsay" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  7. ^ "New Ambassador", in Time, 1 May 1939
  8. ^ Spinzia, Raymond E. and Judith A. Long Island's Prominent North Shore Families: Their Estates and Their Country Homes. vol I. College Station, TX, 2006.
  9. ^ "COLGATE HOYT DIES IN OYSTER BAY HOME; Head of Stock Exchange House Was Long Prominent as a Railway Financier. AN ORGANIZER OF M., K. & T. Former President of Ohio Society of New York to Be Buried in Cleveland, His Birthplace" (PDF). The New York Times. 31 January 1922. Retrieved 8 November 2019.

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