Willett, Marinus, 1740-1830

Alternative names
Birth 1740-07-31
Death 1830-08-22

Biographical notes:

Officer during the American Revolution, Mayor of New York, N.Y.

From the description of Letter book, 1781 June-September. (New York State Library). WorldCat record id: 122487915

Revolutionary War officer, commander of the New York Levies.

From the description of Petition to the New York State Legislature, 1807 March 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122519509

Revolutionary War army officer; when writing the orders and letters in this volume, he was a Lieutenant-Colonel, Commandant of the regiment of levies on the Tryon frontier in New York State. On October 25, 1781, he led the successful attack at the battle of Johnstown. After the War he held various New York City and State political offices, including Mayor of N.Y.C., 1807-1811.

From the description of Orderly and letter book, 1781-1783. (New-York Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 476441964

American Revolutionary soldier; mayor of New York City.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to Col. Varick, 1785 Sept. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270588070

From the description of Autograph document signed : [n.p.], 1823 Feb. 24-1825. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270586517

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Fort Rensalear, to Major-Gen. Lord Stirling, 1782 Oct. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270587465

From the description of Letter signed (retained copy) : Albany, to General Washington, 1783 Apr. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270589266

From the description of Copy of an autograph letter signed : Fort Schuyler, to General Schuyler, 1778 May 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270589115

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Fort Herkimer, to George Washington, 1783 Feb. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270587467

Leader of Sons of Liberty, army officer, mayor of New York City.

From the description of ALS, 1782 October 16 : Fort McKeen, to Colonel William Duer, Albany. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 14186699

Revolutionary War officer.

A captain in the 1st N.Y. Regiment from June, 1775, Willett was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 3rd N.Y. in late 1776 and was later transferred to Fort Schuyler (Fort Stanwix) where he was second-in-command. In July of 1780 Willett was named commander of the 5th N.Y. and was soon promoted to colonel. He retired in Jan., 1781, when the N.Y. regiments were consolidated, but agreed to command N.Y. levies and militia in the Mohawk Valley, where he won important victories at Sharon and Johnstown.

From the description of Letters and history, 1778-[ca. 1782]. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 40835768


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  • Fort Stanwix (Rome, N.Y.) (as recorded)
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  • Fort Rensselaer (N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • New York (State) (as recorded)
  • Tryon County (N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • New York (State) (as recorded)
  • New York (State) (as recorded)