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army officer , mayor of New York City

Marinus Willett, American army officer, mayor of New York City.


Willett, Marinus was born on July 31, 1740 in Jamaica, Long Island, New York, United States. Son of Edward and Aletta (Clowes) Willett.


Attended Kings College (now Columbia).


At least 5 children. A wealthy merchant, New York City. Served as Second lieutenant Oliver De Lancey’s New York Regiment. Leader Sons of Liberty, early supporter of America Revolution.

Helped seize arms from New York City arsenal, 1775. Became First lieutenant, 1st New York Regiment, 1775-1776, lieutenant colonel 3d New York Regiment, 1776. Voted sword by Congress after courageous defense of Fort Stanwix, 1777.

Joined General Washington’s army, 1778. Sheriff City and County of New York, 1784-1788, 92-96. Concluded Creek Indian treaty, 1790.

Mayor New York City, 1807-1811.


Married Mary Dearsee, April.; married second Mistress.; married 3d Margaret Bancker, circa 1799.

Edward Willett

Aletta (Clowes) Willett

Mary Dearsee

2d Mistress

3d Margaret Bancker