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Simeon Dewitt

Simeon Dewitt, American university chancellor, state official. member American Philosophical Society.

Background

  • Dewitt, Simeon was born on December 25, 1756 in Wawarsing, New York, United States. Son of Doctor Andries and Jannetje (Vernooy) DeW.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Queen’s College (now Rutgers), 1776, Master of Arts, 1788.

    Career

    • To join New York Militia. Served as assistant geographer Continental Army, 1778-1780, chief geographer 1780-1781. Surveyor general State of New York, 1784-1834.

      A commissioner to settle New York-Pennsylvania boundary dispute, 1786-1787. Surveyor of various canal routes for New York. Published map of New York State, 1802.

      Regent, then vice-chancellor University State of New York, 1798-1829, chancellor, 1829-1834. A founder New York Society for Promotion of Agriculture, Arts and Manufactures (later became part of Albany Institute), vice president Albany Institute, many years. Member American Philosophical Society Author: The Elements of Perspective (collection of writings), 1813.

      Contributor scientific papers to various journals.

    Works

    • Author: The Elements of Perspective (collection of writings), 1813. Contributor scientific papers to various journals.

    Membership

    Member American Philosophical Society.

    Connections

    • Married Elizabeth Lynott, October 12, 1789. Married second, Jane Varick Hardenberg.
    • father: Doctor Andries DeW.
    • mother: Jannetje (Vernooy) DeW.
    • spouses: Elizabeth Lynott
    • Jane Varick Hardenberg
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    Born December 25, 1756
    Died December 3, 1834
    (aged 77)
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