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Guide to the Strong Family Papers
1747-1940
 MS602

New-York Historical Society
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Catherine Newton. Machine-readable finding aid created by Catherine Newton and Susan Kriete.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 21, 2012
Finding Aid is written in English.

Biographical note

The Strong family of Long Island and New York City traces its American roots to Elder John Strong, an early Puritan who settled in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1659. The family boasts many distinguished members, including the noted diarist Geroge Templeton Strong (whose diaries are held by N-YHS in a separate collection).

Three generations of the Strong family are represented in the original series of this collection. Selah Strong (1737-1815) married Anna Smith, daughter of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Colony of New York in 1760. He served in the American Revolution as a captain, fought in the Battle of Long Island, and was captured and held on a Jersey prison ship. He was the first judge of the Court of Common Pleas, a senator from 1792 to 1800, and treasurer of Suffolk County from 1786 to 1802.

His son, Benjamin Strong (1770-1851), was a clerk in the US Treasury Department under Alexander Hamilton (1789-190); merchant in New York City (1791-1809); president of the New York Sugar Refining Co. (1809-31); president of the Dry Dock Company (1833-37); and president of the Seaman's Bank for Savings (1834-51). He also served for 31 years as engineer of the Fire Department, and was an elder in both the Cedar Street and Pearl Street Presbyterian churches and an executive member of the American Bible Society.

George Washington Strong (1793-1855), the son of Benjamin, was a prominent New York lawyer and a founding partner of the firm that became Cadwallader, Wickersham and Taft. His son, George Templeton Strong, was also a successful lawyer but attained his greatest renown posthumously, when his diaries were discovered and published in 1952.

John Ruggles Strong (1851-1941), the son of George Templeton Strong, is represented in a second series of separately acquired materials. A lawyer, musician and poet, John Ruggles Strong also kept a diary which is held in this collection.