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Peter Schuyler
Mayor 1686 - 1694
The first Mayor of the City of Albany was Peter Schuyler, who was appointed July 22, 1686, in the first charter of the city, called the Dongan Charter, and held the office until 1694. He was the second son and fourth child of the immigrant of the name, Philip Pietersen and Margaret (Van Slechtenhorst) Schuyler, and was born September 17, 1657. He was buried February 22, 1724.

He was a brave officer of remarkable organizing power, commanding the County Militia as Mayor, and afterwards as Colonel, during King William's War and subsequently. He was active and firm in his opposition to the rule of Liesler, looking upon him as a usurper. He was a member of the Provincial Assembly, and, by virtue of his office, held the position of Vice-Governor very acceptably.

His influence over the Indians was very great. For some years he was Indian Commissioner. In this capacity he went to England in 1710, taking several Indians with him, who excited great interest in London. He had a home at the "Flats," and another in the city on Broadway, just below State, and was buried on the west side of the same street, near Hamilton.

His father, Philip Pietersen, married Margaret Van Schlechtenhorst, daughter of the first Director of Rensselaerwyck, December 22, 1650, when she was twenty-two years old. He died March 9, 1684.

The History of the County of Albany, by George Howell, (c)1886, p 658.

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