Stephanus Van Cortlandt

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Stephanus Van Cortlandt
10th and 17th Mayor of New York City
In office
Governor Edmund Andros
Preceded by Nicholas De Mayer
Succeeded by Thomas Delavall
In office
Preceded by Nicholas Bayard
Succeeded by Peter Delanoy
Personal details
Born (1643-05-07)May 7, 1643
New Amsterdam, New Netherland (New York City)
Died November 25, 1700(1700-11-25) (aged 57)
Spouse(s) Gertruj Van Schuyler

Stephanus van Cortlandt (May 7, 1643 – November 25, 1700) was the first native-born mayor of New York City, a position which he held from 1677 to 1678 and from 1686 to 1688. He was the patroon of Van Cortlandt Manor and was on the governor's executive council from 1691 to 1700. He was the first resident of Sagtikos Manor in West Bay Shore on Long Island, which was built around 1697. His brother, Jacobus Van Cortlandt also served as mayor of New York City. His wife, Gertruj Van Schuyler, was the sister of Pieter Schuyler, a colonial governor of New York and mayor of Albany.[1]

A number of his descendants married English military leaders and Loyalists active in the American Revolution, and their descendants became prominent members of English society.



Stephanus Van Cortland was the first mayor New York City who had been born in America, the date of his birth being 7 May 1643. His first role in public life occurred in 1668, when he was appointed ensign of one of the militia companies of the city. In 1671 he married Geertruyd Schuyler, of Albany, and established his residence at the "Waterside," on the present line of Pearl street, near Broad, where he engaged in business as a merchant. His appointment as mayor, in 1677, at the age of thirty-four years, was a high compliment to his intelligence, and social position in the community, coming, as it did, from the English Governor. This favor, however, he returned, by remaining an adherent of the aristocratic party, in the time of the Leisler affair. When Delanoy, the Leisler candidate, was elected to the mayoralty, in place of Van Cortland, the latter refused to deliver up the city seal. A committee waited on him at his residence, but his wife shut the door in their faces.[3]


  1. ^ New York City Mayors Part I, page 28. Ralph J. Caliendo. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Allaben, Frank (1908). John Watts de Peyster, Volume 1. Frank Allaben Genealogical Co. pp. 42–43. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Sketches of the Mayors of New York