New Netherland and Beyond
Mayors of Albany
Abraham Ten Broeck
Mayor 1779-1783, 1796-1799
Abraham Ten Broeck, Mayor September 1779 to 1783, and September 29, 1796 to 1799, son of a former Mayor Dirck Ten Broeck and Margarita Schuyler, was born May 19, 1734. Married Elisabeth
Van Rensselaer in 1753, by whom he had five children, and died January 19, 1810.
He was a merchant, but was early called into public life. From 1760 to 1765 he was a member of the Colonial Assembly, where he always threw his influence and his vote with the minority in favor of
popular rights. In 1775 he was a member of the Provincial congress; and in 1776 was a delegate to the State Convention, of which he was made President.
Early in the revolutionary contest he was made Colonel of Militia, and soon after, Brigadier General of all the Militia in Dutchess and Ulster Counties, and all north and west of those counties. His
services were rendered with zeal and ability, especially in the campaign that ended with the surrender of Burgoyne. After the war closed, he was called to civil service. He served as a member of the
State Senate, Mayor of the City, and from 1781 to 1794, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. He was a Director and President of the Albany Bank.
In all public positions he made himself a record of high ability, unquestioned patriotism, and stainless integrity. In private life his virtues showed him a tried moralist and a true gentleman; in
politics he was a Federalist; in religion he was a devout and consistent member of the Dutch Reformed Church. Such a man deserves the grateful recollection of this city.
His home was for many years on Ten Broeck street, near Third, in the house afterward bought and occupied by the late Thomas W. Olcott. His funeral was attended by large concourse of citizens and
with many military honors. No descendants are known in Albany. It is believed that the first of the family who came to America bore the name of Wessels von Ten Broeck.
The History of the County of Albany, by George Howell, (c)1886, p 661-662.