AN AMERICAN ARISTOCRACY The Livingstons

The Livingstons

AN AMERICAN ARISTOCRACY The Livingstons

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Written by Clare Brandt.

A Livingston descendant once called the Hudson Valley, “Livingston Valley,” and with good reason. The original 1686 Royal patent of 160,000 acres on the east side of the Hudson River to Scottish merchant Robert Livingston grew within two generations to nearly one million acres and included vast portions of the Catskill Mountains as well. At one time forty Livingston mansions lined the east shore, and the family’s reach into NYS and American politics and economics was profound and enduring. An American Aristocracy tells the intimate story of this influential New York family from first settlement through the Revolution and the founding of the republic, through the commercial and manufacturing rise of New York State as “the Empire State,” to decline in the 20th century and the break-up of the great estates.  314 pages

A vivid chronicle of a great American family whose members prove to have been every bit as entertaining—and almost as important—as they thought they were. Geoffrey C. Ward, author of Closest Companion and former editor of American Heritage magazine

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Dimensions 6 x 9 in
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