Peter Van Brugh Livingston

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Peter Van Brugh Livingston
Peter Van Brugh Livingston after Henry Raeburn.jpg
New York State Treasurer
Preceded by new office

Peter Van Brugh Livingston (bp. November 3, 1710 Albany, New York – December 28, 1792 Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey) was a Patriot during the American Revolution.


He was the second son of Philip Livingston (1686-1749) and Catharine Van Brugh Livingston, and was named for his grandfather Pieter Van Brugh. He graduated from Yale College in 1731, and settled in New York City, where he engaged in the shipping business with William Alexander, Lord Stirling. He was also engaged in the slave trade with his father. Peter V. B. Livingston's mercantile interests involved activities in the West Indies, North Carolina, and Fort Niagara, where he was involved in the fur trade.[1]

In 1748, he became one of the original trustees of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), and served until 1761. In 1755, he furnished the supplies for the expedition of Governor William Shirley to Acadia.

In 1775 he was a member of the Committee of One Hundred. He was a delegate to the New York Provincial Congresses, and was President in 1775 and 1776-77. He was also Chairman of the Committee of Safety from September 1776 to March 1777. In 1776, he was appointed Treasurer by the Provincial Congress, and remained in office until 1778, after the establishment of the State Government.

His home in New York City was a large mansion on the east side of what is now Hanover Square, with grounds extending to the East River. Later he removed to Elizabethtown, N.J., and died there at the Liberty Hall.


On November 3, 1739 Peter Van Brugh Livingston he married Mary Alexander, sister of Lord Stirling. There children were:

  • Philip (1740 - 1810) - "Gentleman Phil"
  • Mary (1742) - died in infancy
  • Catherine (1743 - 1775) -married Nicholas Bayard
  • James Alexander (1744)
  • Mary (b. 1746) - married Capt. John Brown
  • Peter (b.1753) - married Susan Blondel
  • Sarah (1755 - 1825) - married Capt. James Ricketts
  • William Alexander (1757 - 1780) - killed in a duel August 1
  • Susan (1759 - 1853) - married (1) John Kean 1789; (2) Count Julian Niemcewicz 1800, aide to Kosciuzko
  • Elizabeth (1761 - 1787) - married French consul Monsieur Otto
  • James Alexander (b. 1763) - died young
  • Ann (b. 1767) - died young[2]

On April 9, 1771, he married at Elizabethtown, N.J., Mrs. Ricketts, widow of William Ricketts.

Livingston's daughter Susan Niemcewicz established a scholarship at the College of New Jersey, named in honor of her father.[3]

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  • [1] Political Graveyard
  • Google Book The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (page 35; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
Political offices
Preceded by
new office
New York State Treasurer
Succeeded by
Gerard Bancker