Jacob Gould

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Jacob Gould
2nd Mayor of Rochester, New York
In office
Preceded by Jonathan Child
Succeeded by Abraham M. Schermerhorn
Personal details
Born (1794-02-10)February 10, 1794[1]
Boxford, Massachusetts, United States
Died November 18, 1867(1867-11-18) (aged 73)
Rochester, New York, United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sarah T. Seward
Profession Shoemaker, Businessman

Jacob Gould (February 10, 1794 – November 18, 1867) was the second overall and first Democratic mayor of Rochester, New York. Gould arrived in Rochester from Massachusetts as a school teacher and became one of the area's first shoemakers. He was a general in the New York State Militia. After his one-year term as mayor, Gould went on to work for Rochester banks, railroads, and at the University of Rochester as one of the school's first trustees.[2]

He is also notable for having fought against the acquisition by the city of the land for Mount Hope Cemetery. Gould declared the hilly land was not "fit for pasturing rabbits." Despite this, he became one of the first people to buy a plot in the new cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Rochester Mayors Before the Civil War – Rochester History
  3. ^ Reisem, Richard O. (2002). Buried Treasures in Mount Hope Cemetery Rochester, New York – A Pictorial Field Guide. The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery. p. 19. ISBN 0-9641033-3-8. 

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Preceded by
Jonathan Child
Mayor of Rochester, NY
Succeeded by
Abraham M. Schermerhorn