Cornelius Van Cott

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Van Cott in the October 26, 1904 edition of the New York Tribune.

Cornelius C. Van Cott (February 12, 1838 – October 25, 1904) was the owner of the New York Giants of the National League from 1893 through 1895. In 1893 he purchased the franchise from John B. Day. In 1895, he sold the franchise to Andrew Freedman. [1] He served as Postmaster of New York City, and also on the board of fire commissioners.


He was born on February 12, 1838 in Greenwich, New York to Richard Gabriel Van Cott and Caroline Case. In 1860 he married Fanny Thompson. He was a member of the New York State Senate (8th D.) in 1888 and 1889. On May 1, 1889, he took office as Postmaster of New York City. He died on October 25, 1904, at his temporary residence at 163 West 86th Street, in Manhattan, of "heart disease".[2]

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  1. ^ List of owners of the New York/San Francisco Giants
  2. ^ "Van Cott Dies. Worry Killed Him, Family Say. Apparently Rallied After Spending Night at Post Office. Temporary Successor, to be Named by Bondsmen, Likely to Stay Until After Election". New York Times. October 26, 1904. Retrieved 2011-05-10. Postmaster of the City of New York and Republican leader of the Fifth Assembly District, died suddenly of heart disease yesterday ... 
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Thomas C. Dunham
New York State Senate
8th District

Succeeded by
Lispenard Stewart