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Schenectady County, New York: Its History to the Close of the Nineteenth Century

Historian and Editor-in-Chief Austin A. Yates, Counsellor-at-Law

Late district attorney and county judge of Schenectady County; Attorney to the State Insurance Department; Member of Assembly; Major in the volunteer forces of the United States during the War of the Rebellion and Spanish-American War.

Men who their duties know;
But know their rights, and knowing, dare maintain,
Prevent the long-aimed blow,
And crush the tyrant while they rend the chain;
These constitute a state.

[This information is from Schenectady County, New York: Its History to the Close of the Nineteenth Century by Austin A. Yates (New York: New York History Co., 1902). It is in the Schenectady Collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at Schdy R 974.744 Yat, and copies are also available for borrowing.]

Contents

Introductory(iii)
Chapter I: The Founding of the City(1)
Chapter II: The Founders of Schenectady(17)
Chapter III: The Massacre(37)
Chapter IV: After the Massacre(56)
Chapter V: The City in the Eighteenth Century(77)
Chapter VI: The Beukendaal Massacre(79)
Chapter VII: Schenectady in Colonial Wars(86)
Chapter VIII: Schenectady in the Revolution(98)
Chapter IX: After the Revolution - Close of the Century(109)
Chapter X: The Close of the Century(119)
Chapter XI: Political History of Schenectady(131)
Chapter XII: The Close of the Century(138)
Chapter XIII: The First Semi-Centennial of the New City(141)
Chapter XIV: The Bridge and Railroad(145)
Chapter XV: The Great Fire of 1819(154)
Chapter XVI: The Railroads(163)
Chapter XVII: The Cholera and After(169)
Chapter XVIII: Schenectady in the Civil War and the Latter Half of the Century(175)
Chapter XIX: The Close of the Nineteenth Century(190)
Chapter XX: The New City(194)
Chapter XXI: Police(198)
Chapter XXII: The Fire Department(202)
Chapter XXIII: The Fight for Water(212)
Chapter XXIV: Genealogy(216)
Chapter XXV: Schenectady in the Civil War(292)
Chapter XXVI: Schenectady Soldiers in the Spanish War(404)
Chapter XXVII: Towns of the County(410)
Chapter XXVIII: The History of Union College(416)
Chapter XXIX: The Press(440)
Chapter XXX: Bench and Bar of Schenectady County(451)
Chapter XXXI: The Medical Society(461)
Part II: Biographical(1-246)

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