Albany in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Signers of the
Declaration of Independence
was born on this site
January 15, 1716 (O.S.)
This tablet was erected
under the auspices
Sons of the Revolution
in the State of New York
Philip Livingston Chapter
Erected 1927 by Philip Livingston Chapter, Sons of the Revloution in the State of New York.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series list.
Location. 42° 39.008′ N, 73° 45.177′ W. Marker is in Albany, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on State Street (New York State Route 5) west of North Pearl Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is a large metal plaque with bas-relief face sculpture of Philip Livingston, mounted at eye-level directly on the brick building at this Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 North Pearl Street, Albany NY 12207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A City of Outstanding Historical Significance (a few steps from this marker); Lydius Corner (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Martin Van Buren Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); The Site of the Oldest Building in Albany (within shouting distance of this marker); The Albany Academy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); An English Neighborhood (about 300 feet away); Anneke Janse Bogardus House Site (about 300 feet away); St. Peter's Church (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Philip Livingston.
Philip Livingston was a member of the wealthy and politically important Hudson River Livingston family, the son of Philip Livingston, (Lord of the Manor of Livingston on the Hudson River), and Catharine Van Brugh. Catharine was the daughter of Captain Peter Van Brugh, a mayor of Albany. Philip “the Signer” was one of three Livingstons who were members of the Continental Congress at the time of the great deliberations concerning the future of the 13 colonies. In addition, at least twenty other members of the larger Livingston family served during the Revolutionary War as officers, either by Congressional or State Legislature appointments. (Submitted on April 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Philip Livingston.
Philip Livingston grew up in a very large family in his father's Albany townhouse on the Elm Tree Corner in Albany and at the family estate called Clermont down in the Hudson Valley. He graduated from Yale College in 1737 and began a business career in New York City. After serving on a number of New York City-based resistance committees, he was elected to the Continental Congress in 1774. As a delegate to the Second Continental Congress in 1776, he signed the Declaration of Independence. His name still is legendary in Albany today. Livingston Avenue and Philip Livingston Magnet Academy are named for him! (Submitted on April 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Philip Livingston.
Livingston signed the Declaration of Independence, but like many conservative Whigs, Livingston accepted independence reluctantly, dreading the resulting social upheaval. In his 1774 pamphlet, The Other Side of the Question, Livingston had invoked both historical precedent and Lockean political theory to defend colonial opposition to parliamentary taxation, but he deemed American independence "the most vain, empty, shallow, and ridiculous project." Livingston feared the "levelling spirit" of revolution. (Submitted on April 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.