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Myndert Schuyler
Mayor 1719-1721, 1723-1725
Myndert Schuyler was son of David Pieterse Schuyler, one of the Schuyler brothers who early settled in Beverwyck, by his wife, Catalyn Verplanck, daughter of Abraham Isaacse Verplanck and Maria Vigne. His birth is thus recorded in his father's Bible: "16 january, Soo is Gebooren, Myn Soon Mynder Schuyler."

Colonel Myndert Schuyler was a merchant. In 1703, and for the greater part of his life, he resided on the south side on Yoncker street (now State), the third house east from South Pearl street. He married in New Amsterdam, October 26, 1693, Rachel Cuyler, daughter of Hendrick Cuyler.

Colonel Schuyler was a prominent citizen in 1700. In the following year he, together with Dirk Wessels and John Abeel, was returned to the Assembly. A new election was ordered and he was again returned to the Assembly October 10, 1702. He continued to be returned at each succeeding election until 1710.

In 1706 he was one of the "Church Masters" of the old Dutch Church; 1707-09 he was one of the Aldermen from the First Ward. On the organization of the expeditions in 1709 and 1711 for the reduction of Canada, he was appointed one of the Commissioners for promoting them and for victualling the troops. On the occasion of peace, in 1712, he carried the news to Canada. In 1713 he was again elected to the Assembly and sat there till 1715. In 1718 he was re=chosen Alderman, and re-elected in September 1719. During his mayoralty in 1720, he was sent to the Seneca country, and succeeding in dissuading the Five Nations from going to war against the far Indians. On the death of Hendrick Hanson, in 1724, Lieutenant-Colonel Schuyler was again sent to the Assembly; was re-chosen in July 1728, and sat until 1737.

In addition to the several offices mentioned, he held the office Commissioner for Indian affairs from 1706-1720, and from 1728 to 1746, when the Board was abolished, and Colonel William Johnson was appointed Commissary. Johnson becoming dissatisfied, the Board was revised and Schuyler was reappointed Commissioner, and served as such until 1755.

Colonel Schuyler had two daughters, Rachel, who died in youth, and Anna, who married Johannes de Peyster, Mayor and Surrogate of Albany, grandson of Johannes de Peyster, the first of the name in America, November 24, 1715, who died September 13, 1750. Colonel Schuyler's death is thus recorded in the Bible of his son-in-law, Johannes de Peyster: "1755, den 10 October, 15 minuten na 8 in de avoud Is Groot Vader, Myndert Schuyler, in de Heer outslapen na dat hy 20 dagen Sieck, gewees is en is den 21 te 4 Uren na te middag in de Kerk Begreren, hy was ont 84 Jaren 8 maenda and 4 dayen toen hy stieif.

His wife was buried in the church, July 24, 1747. His will, dated March 7, 1739, proved July 24, 1756, gave his "Groot hipvrouw Rajel" the possession, rents, and profits of his whole estate during her life.

Colonel Schuyler was largely interested in real estate, and had amassed, for those days, a large fortune. His position brought him in contact with a variety of persons, and he was looked up to and revered by rich and poor. He was generous to a fault, and many a little Dutch urchin had cause to bless the Heer Schuyler on Saint Nicholas' day.

The History of the County of Albany, by George Howell, (c)1886, p 659-660.

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