Walter Livingston

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Walter Livingston
1st Speaker of the New York State Assembly
In office
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Evert Bancker
Personal details
Born November 27, 1740
Clermont Manor, Clermont, Columbia County, New York
Died May 14, 1797 (aged 56)
New York City
Spouse(s) Cornelia Schuyler
Children Henry Walter Livingston
Parents Robert Livingston
Maria Thong
Relatives Philip Livingston (uncle)
Bob Livingston (4x great-grandson)

Walter Livingston (November 27, 1740 Clermont Manor, Clermont, Columbia County, New York - May 14, 1797 New York City) was an American merchant, lawyer and politician.

Early life[edit]

He was a son of Robert Livingston (1708–1790) and Maria Thong Livingston (1711–1765), a granddaughter of Governor Rip Van Dam. He was a nephew of Philip Livingston (1716–1778)[1] and the grandson of Philip Livingston (1686–1749) and Catharina Van Brugh. He was the great-grandson of Robert Livingston the Elder (1654–1728), a New York colonial official, fur trader, and businessman who was granted a patent to 160,000 acres (650 km²/ 250 sq mi) along the Hudson River, and becoming the first lord of Livingston Manor. His paternal great-grandmother was Alida Schuyler (b. 1656), the daughter of Philip Pieterse Schuyler and the widow of Nicholas Van Rensselaer. His great-grandparents were Pieter Van Brugh (1666–1740) and Sara Cuyler.


He was a delegate to the Provincial Convention held in New York in April and May 1775, and a member of the First New York Provincial Congress from May to November 1775. He served as Commissary of Stores and Provisions for the Department of New York from July 17, 1775, until September 7, 1776, when he resigned. He was Deputy Commissary General of the Northern Department in 1775 and 1776.[1]

Walter Livingston's grave at Trinity Church Cemetery.

In 1777, he was appointed a county judge for Albany County. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1777 to 1779 and 1784–85, and served as Speaker from 1777 to 1779. In 1784, he was a member of the New York and Massachusetts Boundary Commission. He was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York from 1784 to 1787.[1]

He was a member from New York of the Continental Congress in 1784 and 1785. In 1785, he was appointed Commissioner of the United States Treasury.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He married Cornelia Schuyler (1746–1822), daughter of Pieter P. Schuyler (1723–1753) and Gertrude Schuyler (1724–1813), his cousin. Cornelia was the granddaughter of Pieter Schuyler (1657–1724), the first mayor of Albany. Their children include:

He was buried at Trinity Churchyard in New York. His home at Linlithgo in Columbia County, New York, known as Teviotdale, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[2]


Robert Linlithgow Livingston Jr. (b. 1943), a Republican U.S. Representative from Louisiana that was the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee from 1995–1999, is Walter Livingston's great-great-great-great-grandson.[3]


Political offices
Preceded by
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Evert Bancker