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Major General Philip John Schuyler Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: November 20, 1733 in Albany, New York
Died: November 18, 1804 in Albany, New York
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Philip Schuyler (1733-1804) served in the Continental Congress (1775, 1778-1781). He was one of the first four Generals appointed by the Congress. Made a scapegoat by rival general Horatio Gates for the fall of Fort Ticonderoga to the British, he was relieved of command before the Battle of Saratoga. A court martial demanded by Schuyler vindicated him, but he resigned his commission in 1799. In 1784, he was one of three patriots named to a commission to select a site for the federal capital. He was one of New York's first two U.S. Senators (1789-1791, 1797-1798). Schuyler was the father-in-law of Alexander Hamilton, and Schuyler's loss of his Senate seat to Aaron Burr in 1791 was one of the first conflicts between Hamilton and Burr. This rift would later result in Hamilton's fatal duel with Burr in 1804, only months before Schuyler's death.

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