1780–1851, American diarist and politician, b. New York City. With his brother he built up a successful auctioneering business, which he later abandoned for politics. He was mayor of New York City in 1825. His diary (1828–51), opinionated and shrewd, contains valuable records of life in New York and of the development of the Whig party during that period.
See selections from his diary (ed. by B. Tuckerman, 2 vol., 1889) and by A. Nevins (2 vol., 1927; repr. 1971).
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