Jacob Aaron Westervelt

Founder at Westervelt & MacKay

Company:
Westervelt & MacKay
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Last Updated 3/6/2004

General Information

Employment History

Dock Commissioner Pioneering  - New York

Mayor  - New York

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Jacob Westervelt - List of New York city mayors @ newyorkcityfaq.com

Jacob Westervelt Jacob Aaron Westervelt ( 1800 -?) was a shipbuilder in the mid- 1800s , and a mayor of New York City 1853 - 1855 . He was born in Bergen County, New Jersey , and went to sea at an early ag... List of New York city mayors >> Jacob Westervelt Jacob Westervelt Jacob Aaron Westervelt ( 1800 -?) was a shipbuilder in the mid- 1800s , and a mayor of New York City 1853 - 1855 . He was born in Bergen County, New Jersey , and went to sea at an early age, but was then apprenticed to the shipbuilder Christian Bergh . When Bergh retired in 1833 (or 1835 ?), he left the business to his two sons, Westervelt, and Richard Carnley , and later Westervelt bought out the partners to become sole owner.Later he partered with a MacKay (not to be confused with Donald McKay ) to form "Westervelt & MacKay", and still later with his sons Daniel and Aaron . His shipyard produced United States Navy ships such as the screw sloop USS Brooklyn , and many other steamships , and also clipper ships, such as the Hornet , N.B.Palmer , Sweepstakes , and Contest . By 1856 he had retired.

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http://www.smithsonian.com/history/madame-restell-the-abortionist-of-fifth-avenue-145109198/

The mayor of New York, Jacob A. Westervelt, officiated at her daughter's wedding.

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Hart Island start of Fort Schuyler Marine Academy: Part 3

Above is an image of Jacob Aaron Westervelt whose ship building company constructed in 1851 at its 17th Street East River yards the NY-Havre line packet Mercury that was acquired in 1869 by the PC&C Commissioners for use as the Hart Island nautical school ship.
It was one of some 240+ vessels his company built during his 50+ years in the business. Westervelt, who had served as an assistant alderman in 1840, was elected mayor by a coalition of reform Democrats and Whigs (pre-Republicans). From 1870 until his death in 1879, Westervelt served as NYC Dock Commissioner pioneering and overseeing major improvements.

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