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Charles Augustus Silliman, American lawyer. member forwarding and mercantile firm of Silliman, Matthews & Co; member of New York Hist.


Silliman, Charles Augustus was born on November 17, 1830 in Troy, New York, United States. Son of Robert Davis and Lorenda (Covell) Silliman.


Educated Burnett School, Troy, 1842-1844, Troy Academy, 1844-1845, Anthon Grammar School, New York, 1845-1846, Columbia College, 1846-1850, Bachelor of Arts, 1850 (later A.M.). Student Columbia Law School, 1858-1860, Bachelor of Laws, 1860.


Was member forwarding and mercantile firm of Silliman, Matthews & Company (established by father), owning and running steamboats, barges and canalboats on Erie Canal and Hudson River, afterward changing name to Silliman & Company (dissolved 1878). Also head of commission firm of Silliman, Martindale & Dix, of New Orleans, 1863-1864. Practiced law, New York, 1860-1899, Troy, New York, since 1899.

Recent practice principally in Albany before governor and legislative committee Appointed commissioner of docks, New York, by Mayor Abram S. Hewitt, 1888. Trustee Columbia University, since 1876. Life member of New York History Society, New England Society of City of New New York.


Member forwarding and mercantile firm of Silliman, Matthews & Co. Member of New York Hist.


Married Mary Alice Rossiter (deceased). Married second, Maria Elizabeth Harper (deceased.

Robert Davis Silliman

Lorenda (Covell) Silliman

Mary Alice Rossiter

Maria Elizabeth Harper