Duanesburg in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Home of William North
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Born 1755 Died 1836
Soldier Throughout The
Aide De Camp To Baron Steuben
Adjutant General Of The Provisional
Army Under Washington
Speaker Of The New York Assembly
1795 - 1796 - 1810
United States Senator
Member of the First Canal
Commission 1810 - 1816
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State of New York
Schenectady County Historical Society
And Schenectady County Pomona Grange
Erected 1934 by State of New York, Schenectady County Historical Society, and Schenectady County Pomona Grange.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 42° 45.227′ N, 74° 6.813′ W. Marker is in Duanesburg, New York, in Schenectady Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 558 North Mansion Road, Duanesburg NY 12056, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Christman Sanctuary (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Christman Sanctuary (approx. 1.1 miles away); Town of Duanesburg (approx. 1.2 miles away); Michael Righter (approx. 1.4 miles away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); William North (approx. 2.4 miles away); James Duane (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Duanesburg.
Regarding Home of William North. The North Mansion is located on a hilltop on the south shore of Duane Lake, at the intersection of North Mansion Road and Duane Lake Road on what was once a 1,000-acer estate. The North Mansion served for several years as the manor house to the estate. It was here that
William North (born in Fort Frederick, Pemaquid, Maine, in 1755) first achieved prominence during the American Revolution. He was with General George Washington at Valley Forge and at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown Heights and he served as aide-de-camp to Baron Von Steuben who later made North his adopted son, heir and executor of his estate. In 1783 North retired from active military service. He later married James Duane's eldest daughter, Mary, and then came to Duanesburg in 1788 to assist in managing Duane's vast estate and began to develop the 1,000-acer estate that they received from her father as a wedding gift. He dammed the Bozenkill and build a gristmill and also created a small lake then known as "North's Pond" and overlooking its shores he built his house. The present Duane Lake was created by developers in the 1920s.
Tradition had claimed that the North Mansion was built in 1784, as stated on the 1934 marker, and recorded in the Historic American Building Survey in June of 1936. (Recorded in the Historic American Buildings Survey as the "General William North House, North Mansion Road, Duanesburg, Schenectady County, NY")
On a local level, North played a significant role in the development of Schenectady County. He was a commissioner of the Western Canals which established the Erie Canal, and a director of Schenectady County's first bank, the Mohawk Bank. As a commissioner of the Cherry Valley Turnpike (part of US Route 20 in the area), he played a central role in founding the village of Esperance, just west of Duanesburg. He vigorously promoted establishment of Schenectady County and when that occurred in 1809, he was chosen as the first assemblyman to represent the county and, in 1810, was again elected speaker. He was also the first chairman of the county board of supervisors.
North retired from public life in 1816, and thereafter divided his time between Duanesburg and New York City until his death New York City on January 3, 1836. He is buried in the Duane vault beneath the Christ Episcopal Church in Duanesburg.
Related marker. another marker that is related to this marker. The New York State William North Marker stands in front of the Christ Episcopal Church beside US Route 20 in Duanesburg.
Also see . . . North Biography at Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. (Submitted on December 6, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
Additional keywords. Washington, Steuben, William North, James Duane, Duanesburg, Route 20, Erie Canal Commission, von Steuben
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 1,119 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on February 14, 2010, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on December 6, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. 13. submitted on November 28, 2015, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.