Pieter Schuyler

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For the militia colonel captured during the French and Indian War, see Peter Schuyler (New Jersey).
Pieter Schuyler
Pieter Schuyler.jpg
Painting of Schuyler from between 1710 and 1718
22º Colonial Governor of New York
In office
Preceded by General Robert Hunter
Succeeded by William Burnet
Personal details
Born 17 September 1657
Beverwijck, New Netherlands
Died 19 February 1724
Albany, New York
Resting place Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands
Spouse(s) Engeltie Van Schaick  · Maria Van Rensselaer
Children (with his first spose) Margarita, Philip, Anna, Gertruj  · (with his second spose) Gertruj, Philip, Pieter, Jeremiah
Residence Albany, New York
Occupation Mayor and colonial administrator of new York

Pieter Schuyler (17 September 1657 – 19 February 1724) was the first mayor of Albany, New York and the head of the Albany Commissioners for Indian Affairs.


Pieter Schuyler was born in 1657 in Beverwyck, New Netherland, the son of Philip Pieterse Schuyler and Margarita Van Slichtenhorst.

In March 1685 Governor Dongan appointed Pieter Schuyler lieutenant of cavalry in the Albany militia. He later attained the rank of Major, and then Colonel. In 1690 during King William's War, Schuyler's younger brother led an attack on La Prairie, Quebec. Colonel Schuyler led a second attack the following year.[1]

In April 1685 month later he was appointed Judge of the Court of Oyer and Terminer. On July 22, 1686, Albany was incorporated as a city and Pieter Schuyler was named its first mayor.[2]

As Mayor, Schuyler was also chairman of the Board of commissioners for Indian Affairs.[2] He also served as acting Governor of New York in 1709 and from 1719 – 1720.

Marriage and children[edit]

Pieter Schuyler was married twice.

His children with his first wife Engeltie Van Schaick (died 1689):

Name Birth Notes
Margarita 1682 married Robert Livingston the Younger.
Philip 1684 died young.
Anna 1686 died in childhood.
Gertruj 1689 died young.

His children with his second wife Maria Van Rensselaer:

Name Birth Notes
Gertruj 1694 married Johannes Lansing.
Philip 1696 married Margarita Schyuler.
Pieter 1698 twin, married Catherine Groesbeck.
Jeremiah 1698 twin, married Susanna Bayeux.


Their many Schuyler children established the family name and the Schuyler Mansion in Albany. They were closely related with the great family patroons of New York, the Van Cortlandts and :

Print of Schuyler.

Other relatives:


Government offices
Preceded by
Baron Lovelace
Governor of the Province of New York (acting)
Succeeded by
Richard Ingoldesby
Preceded by
Robert Hunter
Governor of the Province of New York (acting)
Succeeded by
William Burnet