Philip Hone (1780-1851)

Diarist, Merchant & 57th Mayor of New York City

He was born in New York City and was a first cousin of Magdalena Will who was married first to the influential merchant Henry A. Coster and second to the celebrated Dr. David Hosack. Hone was a successful merchant who became the Mayor of New York City from 1826 to 1827. He contributed generously to the original Mercantile Library Building and many other similar enterprises. However, he is best remembered as a diarist: the diary that he kept from 1828 until his death is reputed to be the most extensive and detailed of its kind, depicting the lifestyle of a politically and socially prominent New Yorker in the first half of the 19th century. He lived at 235 Broadway in the house next to William Rhinelander at No. 243. His home was noted for its fine furnishings and the many objets d'art he'd collected on his travels abroad. He married Catherine, daughter of Daniel Dunscomb and sister-in-law of Brigadier-General Robert Swartout. They were the parents of four children (listed).
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 27/09/2018 and last updated on 26/12/2023.
Courtesy of the DeYoung Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco