The Erie Canal : who first suggested its construction, Mar. 1882 / by M. S. Hawley.


The Erie Canal : who first suggested its construction, Mar. 1882 / by M. S. Hawley.

Paper discusses the roles of Elkanah Watson, Jesse Hawley, Francis Adrian Van der Kemp, and others in promoting a canal from Lake Erie to the Hudson River.

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Watson, Elkanah, 1758-1842 (person)

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...

Hawley, Jesse, 1773-1842 (person)

Merchant, miller, amd canal promoter of Geneva, New York. From the description of Jesse Hawley papers, 1807-1835, 1880. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58782861 Early proponent of the Erie Canal. Born in Bridgeport, Conn.; moved to Canandaigua, Ontario County, N.Y. in 1807; died in Lockport, N.Y. From the description of Jesse Hawley letter and will extract, 1839, 1842. (Buffalo History Museum). WorldCat record id: 71242445 ...

Van der Kemp, Francis Adrian, 1752-1829 (person)

Francis Adrian Van der Kemp was a Dutch scholar, patriot, and preacher who emigrated to the United States in 1788. From the description of Collection, 1781-1829. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 122489028 Scholar, author, Mennonist pastor and political activist. Born in Netherlands, came to New York State in 1788 as a political exile. From the description of Letter, 1795 Nov. 3, Kempwick, Oneida Lake, N.Y., to Leonard Ganzevoort & Co....

Hawley, Merwin S., 1807-1887 (person)

Merwin S. Hawley was born in Broome, N.Y. in 1807. He became a dry goods merchant first in Rochester and then in Buffalo, where his business prospered. In 1848 he built a house at 46 Niagara Sq. In 1854 he co-founded the International Bank, becoming its president in 1857; the bank was closed in 1864. He became an active member of the Buffalo Historical Society and wrote and spoke widely on the history of the Erie Canal, having derived his knowledge of it through his interest in the role his uncl...