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Mayors of the City of Albany
1686 - 1790

With Terms of Service and Biographical Data

The first Mayor of the City was appointed by Lieutenant-Governor Thomas Dongan, in the first Charter granted, under date of July 22, 1686. He was to be appointed in like manner, "upon the feast day of St. Michael the Archangel, yearly," and was made Commander of the Militia of the County, given the authority of Justice of the Peace, Coroner, Commissioner of Excise, and Clerk of the Market. Twenty-six Mayors were thus appointed under the Colonial Government down to 1770.

After the Declaration of Independence, the Mayors were first appointed by the Governor of the State, subject to approval, and afterwards chosen by the Common Council of the city until 1839. In 1840, and ever since, the Mayors have been chosen by the people.



1686 - 1694..........Peter Schuyler

1694 - 1695..........Johannis Abeel
1709 - 1710

1695 - 1696..........Evert Bancker
1707 - 1709

1696 - 1698..........Dirck Wessels

1698 - 1699..........Hendrick Hansen

1699 - 1700..........Peter Van Brugh
1721 - 1723

1700 - 1701..........Jan Jans Bleecker

1701 - 1702..........Johannis Bleecker

1702 - 1703..........Albert Ryckman

1703 - 1706..........Johannis Schuyler

1706 - 1707..........David Schuyler

1710 - 1719..........Robert Livingston, Jr.

1719 - 1721..........Myndert Schuyler
1723 - 1725

1725 - 1726..........Johannis Cuyler

1726 - 1729..........Rutger Bleecker

1729 - 1731..........John De Peyster
1732 - 1733

1731 - 1732..........Hans Hansen
1754 - 1756

1733 - 1741..........Edward Holland

1741 - 1742..........John Schuyler

1742 - 1746..........Cornelius Cuyler

1746 - 1748..........Dirck Ten Broeck

1748 - 1750..........Jacob C. Ten Eyck

1750 - 1754..........Robert Sanders

1756 - 1761..........Sybrant G. Van Schaick

1761 - 1770..........Volkert P. Douw

1770 - 1778..........Abraham C. Cuyler

1778 - 1779..........John Barclay

1779 - 1783..........Abraham Ten Broeck

1783 - 1786..........John Jacob Beekman

1786 - 1790..........John Lansing, Jr.








The History of the County of Albany, by George Howell, (c)1886, p 184z







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