Francis R. Tillou
Francis Redding Tillou (ca. 1795 – July 10, 1865) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.
On February 15, 1822, he married Caroline M. Drake (ca. 1793-1825), a sister of the poet Joseph Rodman Drake (1795-1820), and their son was Charles Graham Tillou(d. 1891).
Tillou lived at a country estate which he named "Tillietudlem", in a place then known as Pleasant Valley in Hackensack Township, Bergen County, New Jersey. The house stood where now the Edgewater Public Library is located, at the corner of Undercliff and Hudson Ave. in Edgewater, New Jersey.
On March 1, 1849, Tillou was granted the right to run a ferry-boat service from his estate's landing on the Hudson River to New York City. The landing was located approximately at the place of the present-day Edgewater Marina and Ferry Stop.
In November 1851, Tillou was elected on the Democratic ticket Recorder of New York City, and remained in office from 1852 until the end of 1854. In November 1854, Tillou was nominated on the Municipal Reform and the Temperance tickets for re-election, but was defeated by James M. Smith, Jr. who had been nominated jointly by Hard and Soft Democrats, while most other offices were won by the Whigs, defeating the split Democrats.
Tillou died at his home "Tillietudlem", and was buried at Green-Wood Cemetery.
Tillou's daughter Julia Tillou (1837-1910) was married to Gouverneur Kemble (1835-1898), a nephew of Gouverneur Kemble (1786-1875).
Tillou's sister-in-law Louisa Hannah Drake (a sister of Caroline and Joseph Rodman Drake) was married to Thomas Clark Nicholls and became the mother of Governor of Louisiana Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls who was named after his uncle-by-marriage.
- The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 133f and 428; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
- The Life and Works of Joseph Rodman Drake by Frank Lester Pleadwell (1935; page 424)
- New-York City; ...DEMOCRATIC NOMINATIONS in NYT on October 11, 1851
- NEW-YORK CITY; ...THE ELECTION TO-DAY in NYT on November 4, 1851
- POLITICAL NOTICES in NYT on October 27, 1854
- City Nominations for Congress, Assembly, and City and County Offices in NYT on November 1, 1854
- POLITICAL NOTICES in NYT on November 2, 1854
- The Evening Journal Almanac (Albany Evening Journal, 1861; page 57)
- Death notice in The American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events (page 643)
- A Dictionary of Place Names in Bergen County, New Jersey, and Vicinity compiled by Patricia A. Wardell (page 107)
- Edgewater by Douglas E. Hall (page 55)
- Gouverneur Kemble, obit in NYT on May 16, 1898
- Francis R. Tillou at Find a Grave
- Drawing of "Tillietudlem", showing the ferry landing in the foreground at Historical Map Works
Frederick A. Tallmadge
|Recorder of New York City
James M. Smith, Jr.