Robert Livingston was Mayor 1710-19. He was the first settler bearing this name in the province, from whom descended many eminent men, among whom may be named Philip, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Chancellor Robert R., William, Edward, and others. The family is of Scotch descent and was always on the side of learning and good government. All were in the patriot cause during the Revolution. Robert was Secretary of Albany, about the same as City Clerk, from 1675-1721, nearly fifty years. He was also Indian Commissioner, and executed other and special trusts with great judgment.
The History of the County of Albany, by George Howell, (c)1886, p 659.