Watson, Elkanah, 1758-1842

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Prominent businessman, land speculator, promoter of public works, and one of the founders of the Bank of Albany. Authored a number of works on agricultural and economics topics.

From the description of Elkanah Watson letter : Cherry Valley, to Judge White, Cherry Valley, 1821 June 21. (Buffalo History Museum). WorldCat record id: 175290533

Albany, N.Y. merchant who organized the first agricultural society in N.Y. in 1828.

Born in Plymouth, Mass., Jan. 22, 1758; 1773 apprentice to a merchant; active in war, 1775-79; in trade in S.C.; 1789 moved to Albany, N.Y for 18 years promoter of public enterprises and navigation; 1807 moved to Pittsfield, Mass; engaged in farming; 1816 returned to Albany; organized first agricultural society in N.Y; 1828 settled in Port Kent, N.Y.; died there, Dec. 5, 1842; wrote much about his travels in Europe and U.S. & on agriculture & canals. (Appleton's Cyciop.of American Biography) (blue index cards)

From the description of Elkanah Watson papers 1793-1834 (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 505441428

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Du Pont, Victor, 1767-1827. Papers, 1753-1847. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Flick, Hugh M. Elkanah Watson research collection, [ca.1947]. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Morse family. Morse family papers, 1779-1868 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Scott, Winfield, 1786-1866. Letter, 1841 Jan. 1, Washington, D.C., to E. Watson. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Spencer, T. Survey map of Lots conveyed to Abraham G. Lansing. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Watson, Elkanah, 1758-1842. Elkanah Watson papers 1793-1834 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Morse Family Papers, 1779-1868 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Watson, Elkanah, 1758-1842. Letter to Sam B. Ruggles. Albany, NY. 1838 May 12. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn James Freeman Clarke family papers, 1777-1914. Houghton Library
creatorOf Elkanah Watson Letters, ., 1797; 1831 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
creatorOf Watson, Elkanah, 1758-1842. Elkanah Watson papers 1793-1834 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Hawley, Merwin S. (Merwin Spencer), 1807-1887. The Erie Canal : who first suggested its construction, Mar. 1882 / by M. S. Hawley. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
creatorOf Adams, John, 1735-1826. ALS [draft], 1812 July 15, Quincy, Mass., to Elkanah Watson, Pittsfield, Mass. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Library. Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection. 1668-1983. American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Peters, Richard, 1743-1828. ALS : Belmont, near Philadelphia, to Elkanah Watson, 1819 Aug. 9. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Bogert, James, 1786-1862. Papers, 1792-1877. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Barber, Charles H.,. Miscellanea, 1819-1891. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Watson, Elkanah, 1758-1842. Elkanah Watson letter : Cherry Valley, to Judge White, Cherry Valley, 1821 June 21. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
creatorOf Watson, Elkanah, 1758-1842. Letter to Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, 1798 June 4. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn War of 1812 mss., 1776-1879 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Livingston, Robert R., 1746-1813. Livingston, Robert R., letter, 1803. University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Watson, Elkanah, 1758-1842. Elkanah Watson letters, 1797; 1831 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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associatedWith Adams, John person
associatedWith Adams, John, 1735-1826. person
associatedWith Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873 person
associatedWith Banks, Joseph, Sir, 1743-1820 person
associatedWith Barber, Charles H., person
associatedWith Bleecker, Hermanus person
associatedWith Bogert, James, 1786-1862. person
correspondedWith Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888 person
associatedWith Cooper, Thomas, 1759-1839 person
associatedWith Coues, Elliott, 1842-1899 person
associatedWith Cuvier, Georges, Baron, 1769-1832 person
associatedWith Darlington, William, 1782-1863 person
associatedWith Du Pont, Victor, 1767-1827. person
associatedWith Edison, Thomas A., (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 person
associatedWith Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 person
associatedWith Everett, Edward, 1794-1865 person
associatedWith Fitch, John person
associatedWith Flick, Hugh M. person
associatedWith Genth, F. A., (Frederick Augustus), 1820-1893 person
associatedWith Gray, Asa, 1810-1888 person
associatedWith Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872 person
associatedWith Harding, Warren G. person
associatedWith Hawley, Merwin S. (Merwin Spencer), 1807-1887. person
associatedWith Law, Nicholas person
associatedWith Livingston, Robert R., 1746-1813. person
associatedWith Morse family. family
associatedWith Morse Family family
associatedWith Newcomb, Simon person
associatedWith Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727 person
associatedWith Peters, Richard, 1743-1828. person
associatedWith Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851 person
associatedWith Rensselaer, Jeremiah Van. person
associatedWith Rittenhouse, David, 1732-1796 person
associatedWith Ruggles, Sam B. (Samuel Bulkley), 1800-1881, person
associatedWith Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813 person
associatedWith Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864 person
associatedWith Scott, Winfield, 1786-1866. person
associatedWith Seybert, Adam, 1773-1825 person
associatedWith Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 person
associatedWith Spencer, T. person
associatedWith Stevens, Henry person
associatedWith Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872 person
associatedWith Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824 person
associatedWith Van Rensselaer, Henry Kiliaen, fl. 1797. person
associatedWith Van Rensselaer, Jeremiah, 1738-1810. person
associatedWith Waterton, Charles, 1782-1865 person
associatedWith Watson, Elkanah person
associatedWith Wayne, Anthony person
associatedWith Welson, Thomas person
associatedWith White, Joseph. person
associatedWith Yates, Peter Waldron, 1747-1826. person
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United States
Europe
Ohio
New York (State)--Albany
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Merchants
Corn--History--19th century
Agriculture--Experimentation--History--19th century
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Birth 1758-01-22

Death 1842-12-05

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