Richard Cornell (1625—1693) was an English Quaker ironmaster and resident of Long Island who is generally considered the first European settler on the Rockaway Peninsula in the present-day Borough of Queens, New York City. Cornell purchased the Rockaway land from another Englishman, Captain John Palmer, in 1687, and settled there in 1690. His grandfather was Thomas Cornell (settler).
Cornell's descendants owned much land in Rockaway, much of which was partitioned into 46 parcels in 1820, which were eventually sold to outsiders, and their property was still being sold even in the late 19th century, as for example the sale of the land comprising the present-day neighborhood of Bayswater to William Trist Bailey in 1878.
The Cornell homestead by the beachfront was later the site of the Marine Pavilion.
- Whitny Braun, American Bioethicist.
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