Myndert Van Schaick

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Myndert Van Schaick
Nationality American
Occupation Philanthropist, Children's Village co-founder[1]

Myndert Van Schaick (September 2, 1782 in Albany, New York – December 1, 1865 in New York City) was an American politician from New York and co-founder of Children's Village with 23 others.[1]


He was the son of Gen. Goose Van Schaick (1736–1789) and Maria (Ten Broeck) Van Schaick (1750–1829). In 1815, he married Elizabeth Hone, niece of Philip Hone (1780–1851).

Van Schaick was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co.) in 1832, and an Alderman of New York City (5th Ward) in 1832-33. At the same time he was Treasurer of the Board of Health of New York City, while a cholera epidemic ravaged the city.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (1st D.) from 1833 to 1836, sitting in the 56th, 57th, 58th and 59th New York State Legislatures. He was also an Assistant Alderman of New York City (5th Ward) in 1835-36. He resigned his seat in the State Senate on May 22, 1836.

During his tenure in the City Council, Assembly and State Senate, he was the driving force behind the planning, and enacting of the pertinent legislation, of the construction of the Croton Aqueduct. When the aqueduct was inaugurated in 1842, Van Schaick was appointed to the Water Board, and remained in office until 1848, part of the time as Chairman. He was President of the Board of Commissioners of the Croton Aqueduct Department from 1855 to 1860.

He was buried at the New York Marble Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b "OUR CITY CHARITIES--NO. II.; The New-York Juvenile Asylum.". New York Times. January 31, 1860. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 


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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Stephen Allen
New York State Senate
First District (Class 2)

Succeeded by
Frederick A. Tallmadge