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Robert Sands Schuyler

September 16, 1798
November 15, 1855
Home Town:
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Lucy Wood Schuyler (April 1826)
Biographical Notes:
Robert Sands Schuyler, born in 1798, was the son of an old and prominent New York family. He was the grandson of Revolutionary War hero, member of the Continental Congress and First United States Senator from New York state General Philip Schuyler and the nephew through marriage of Alexander Hamilton.

After graduating from Harvard in 1817, Schuyler attended the Litchfield Law School. Schuyler, first working as a stockbroker and private banker, developed an interest in railroads and moved into the industry, quickly establishing himself as one of its leading executives during the industry's period of tremendous growth. He held numerous positions with various railroads, including: President of the New York & New Haven Railroad from 1846 to 1854, President of the New York & Harlem Railroad ...
Robert Schuyler, the great defaulter, it is stated, has bough "a place" on the Rhine, where he now resides, and has sent for his family to join him. His confidential clerk came a passenger to New York last week in the Baltic, on his master's business. Hartford Daily Courant (1840-1887); Dec 11, 1854 page 2.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Harvard College in 1817.

Profession / Service
Broker; Business

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 16.
Secondary Sources:
Cochran, Thomas C. Railroad Leaders, 1845-1890: The Business Mind in Action. NY: Russell & Russell, 1965.

Schuyler, George W. Colonial New York: Philip Schuyler and His Family. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1885.

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