Biography of George W. Schuyler
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Schuyler, George Washington, was born February 2, 1810, at Stillwater, Saratoga county, and was educated in the University of the City of New York, from which he graduated in 1837. He studied theology, but subsequently, in order to extricate a brother from difficulties, engaged in business in Ithaca. He was elected treasurer of the State of New York November 3, 1863, and served for two years. He was appointed superintendant of the Banking Department of the State, January 3, 1866, and served till February 14, 1870; was member of assembly in 1875 and chairman of its Committee on Banks and Banking, during which time he obtained the passage of the General Savings Bank law, and a law for the protection of railway employees. He was, from January 1, 1876, to May, 1880, auditor of the Canal Department, and was the first to propose making the canals free waterways, by the abolition of tolls, a recommendation which was subsequently effected by a constitutional amendment. As auditor, he was at the same time one of the new capitol commissioners. He was a trustee of Cornell University from the time of its organization until his death, and was its treasurer (without remuneration) from 1868 to October, 1874, when he resigned. Mr. Schuyler married, in 1839, Matilda Scribner.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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