Walter Livingston (1740-1797)
Walter Livingston, of Teviotdale; 1st Speaker of the New York State Assembly
His father lived at "Upper Manor" and on his death this was divided between his children into several "Great Lots". Walter received Great Lot No. 1, a 28,000-acre estate on which he built Teviotdale. He was one of the major creditors of William Duer who was unable to meet his debts when his various speculations failed. Duer was thrown into prison, but this didn't help Walter who went bankrupt. Nonetheless, a series of complex transactions managed to maintain the land and house for his eldest son, Henry. He was the father of six children to survive to adulthood.
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 14/11/2019 and last updated on 07/12/2019.
Columbia Rising: Civil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson (2013) by John L. Brooke