New Netherland and Beyond
1898 Holland Society Year Book
Albert Hoysradt, who joined the Society October 27, 1887, died at Hudson, Columbia County, N. Y., December 8, 1897, in the forty-third year of his age. He was born at Hudson, February 19,
1855, the eldest son of Jacob W. Hoysradt, also a late member of the Society, and a very prominent citizen of his city, country, and State, whose obituary notice may be found in the Year Book for
Albert Hoysradt was prepared for college in the High School of his native city, and at Williston Seminary, East Hampton, Mass., and entered the Freshman class at Yale University in 1873. A Severe
attack of typhoid fever during his first year at college, necessitating his return home for six months, prevented him from attaining the highest honor at Commencement. He was very popular with his
class, as shown by his election to the Skull and Bones Society.
He graduated June 28, 1877, and on July 10th following, married Miss Alice Gifford, of an old Nantucket and Hudson family, niece of the late Sanford R. Gifford, the famous landscape painter. He then
commenced the study of law at Hudson, was clerk of the Surrogate's Court, and on September 5, 1879, was admitted to the Bar; he then went into partnership with his preceptor, Hon. John Cadman,
ex-County Judge. In 1879, at the age of twenty-four, he was elected Recorder of the city, the presiding officer and the legal advisor of the common council; in 1881 he was re-elected without
opposition, serving four years, and being the youngest man elected to the office in the city's history. Soon after he was offered the nomination for mayor of the city, but declined. In the fall of
1883 he was the Republican candidate for County Judge, but was defeated. In the same year he was appointed by Brigadier-General Robert Shaw Oliver, Judge-Advocate in the Fifth Brigade, National
Guard, State of New York, with the rank, of major, which position he held until 1890.
But this young life, so full of promise, was now shadowed by a cloud, which slowly, but surely darkened until the end.
By the death of his father, November 15, 1890, the management of a large estate, of an extensive and intricate business, and of numerous and delicate trusts devolved upon him. These labors, added to
his arduous work in his profession, overtaxed his powers, and the first symptoms of brain trouble manifested themselves. Very gradually paresis became evident, and he was obliged to give up his
profession. For more than a year he was confined to his house, and most of that time to his bed. At length death brought relief to his sufferings. His widow and four children,three daughters and a
son, survive him.
Beside his connection with the Holland Society, Mr. Hoysradt was a member of the University, Union League, and Lawyers' Clubs and of the Yale Alumni Association, all of New York City.