Hezekiah C. Seymour

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Hezekiah Cook Seymour
Hezekiah Cook Seymour.jpg
Born (1811-06-24)June 24, 1811
Westmoreland, New York
Died July 24, 1853(1853-07-24) (aged 42)
Piermont, New York
Resting place Rockland Cemetery
Sparkill, New York
Title New York State Engineer and Surveyor from
Term 1850-1851
Predecessor Charles Beebe Stuart
Successor William Jarvis McAlpine
Spouse(s) Mary Sherrill [1]
Children Amelia Seymour
Augustus Sherill Seymour (1836-1897)[1][2]
Parent(s) Bradford Seymour
Mary Cook [1]

Hezekiah Cook Seymour (June 24, 1811 – July 24, 1853) was an American civil engineer and politician.[3]


He was born on June 24, 1811, in Westmoreland, New York, to Bradford Seymour and Mary Cook.[1]

From 1835 to 1849, he worked for the New York and Erie Railroad, first as engineer, later becoming general superintendent.[4]

He was New York State Engineer and Surveyor from 1850 to 1851, elected on the Whig ticket at the New York state election, 1849, but defeated for re-election at the New York state election, 1851 by Democrat William J. McAlpine.

In 1851, he became Chief Engineer of the Ontario, Huron and Lake Simcoe Railroad, running from Toronto to Lake Huron in Canada West. The next year, he also participated in the early stages of planning for the construction of the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, and the Air Line Railroad between New York City and Boston.

He died on July 24, 1853, in Piermont, New York, at age 42.[3] He was buried at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, New York.


  1. ^ a b c d Rochford Seymour Harmon (1939). Application for Membership of Rochford Seymour Harmon, Descendant of Hezekiah Cook Seymour. Sons of the American Revolution. Name: Hezekiah C. Seymour. Birth: June 24, 1811; Westmoreland, New York. Father: Bradford Seymour. Mother: Mary Cook. 
  2. ^ "Augustus Sherill Seymour (1836-1897)". Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2012-10-18. Born in Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y., November 30, 1836. Son of Hezekiah Cook Seymour and Mary (Sherill) Seymour (1815-1865). ... 
  3. ^ a b "Death of Hon. Hezekiah C. Seymour". New York Times. July 26, 1853. Retrieved October 10, 2012. Hon. H. C. Seymour, late Engineer-in-Chief of the State of New York, died Sunday evening, 24th inst., at his residence ... 
  4. ^ W. H. Stewart. Notes Of Pioneer Railroading. The first general superintendent, Hezekiah C. Seymour, came from Oneida County, and got the name on the road of the 'Oneida Chief.' In 1849 a successor to Superintendent Seymour was to be appointed ... 


Business positions
Preceded by
new position
General Superintendent of the Erie Railroad
Succeeded by
James P. Kirkwood
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles B. Stuart
New York State Engineer and Surveyor
Succeeded by
William J. McAlpine