Hall, Henry, America's successful men of affairs

([New York] :  New York Tribune,  1895-1896.)



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THE    CITY    OF    NEW    YORK.----HA.                                                           29I

His son, Andrew Hamersley, for whom Hamersley street, now West Hous¬
ton, was named, born in this city in 1725, died May 24, 1819. As an importer of foreign
goods, he gained considerable wealth, which, however, the American Revolution greatly
impaired, owing in part to his having accepted a British commission. His fortune was
restored by a large inheritance from Louis Carre, a merchant in the West Indies. He
married Margaret Stelle, a granddaughter of Thomas Gordon, one of the twenty-seven
original proprietors of New Jersey and Chief Justice of that State. In their home on
Hanover Square, near Wall street the family became noted for refinement and hospi¬
tality. Mr. Hamersley invested his means mainly in New York city real estate. He
had three sons, William, Thomas, and Lewis C., and two daughters, Elizabeth and
Lucretia. Lewis Carre Hamersley, third son of Andrew, survived all his brothers and
sisters, and died Nov. 4, 1853, eighty-six years of age. His wife was Elizabeth Finney,
of Virginia, a woman of noble character and presence. They lived in Pearl street
many years, and later in Murray street, until the death of Mr. Hamersley; but, when
stores had finally grown up all around, the widow moved on to Bond street, then a
fashionable street, and later to No. 257 Fifth Avenue, where she died March 30, 1870,
at the age of eighty-eight. They had one daughter who never married, and two sons,
Andrew Gordon and John William Hamersley.

Andrew Gordon Hamersley, born in this city about the year 1806, died here Jan.
24, 1883. A lawyer by education, he never practiced, owing to inheritance of a large
share of his father's estate. He was a cultivated man, of extended knowledge and
delightful manners, and might have followed a public career, had he chosen. While
Mr. Rives was American Minister to Paris, he served as attache of the legation with
credit. Being much in Paris, he saw many stormy scenes in the politics of France,
including the Revolution. His marriage with Sarah, daughter of John Mason,
brought him one son, Louis C. Hamersley. Mr. Hamersley was a large stock¬
holder and director of The Chemical Manufacturing Co., which gave rise to The
Chemical Bank, and received from his wife a considerable addition to an already large

Louis Carre Hamersley, lawyer, only son of the last named, died in the city of
New York, May 3, 1883. He was educated at Christ Church College, Oxford, Eng¬
land, and afterward at the Law School of the University of the City of New York.
His legal training formed merely a part of his equipment for the management of a
property of about five millions, mainly in real estate, left to him by his father and
mother. He never practiced. His wife, Lilly W , daughter of Commodore Price of
the United States Navy and one of the belles of Troy, N. Y., her native city, speedily
became a social leader in the metropolis. Mr. Hamersley joined the famous 7th Regi¬
ment as a private, afterward becoming captain in the 9th N. G., S. N. Y. Having no
children, brothers or sisters, he provided that his wife should enjoy the entire income
of his estate until her death, when the entire property, real and personal, should
descend to the male heirs of James Hooker Hamersley, his cousin, and in case of lack
of such heirs to charitable institutions. In 1888, Mrs. Hamersley became the Duch¬
ess of Marlborough by marriage in this city, and established her residence in England,
where she spent large sums of money in restoring the ancient magnificence of Blenheim
castle. The Duke of Marlborough died Nov. 9, 1892, and the Duchess has since
married Lord Beresford.
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