Saturday, February 18, 2012

John B. Van Schaick

A beautiful and simple obelisk-type monument near the Cemetery's very quiet northeastern corner. The monument features a marble relief of John Bleecker Van Schaick who died at the age of 35 in 1839.

John B. Van Schaick was editor of the Albany Daily Advertiser and president of the Albany Burgess Corps (an independent voluntary military company) whose members wore an emblem of mourning for thirty days after his death.

Judging from tributes and testimonials from his peers, he was a well-loved young man whose early passing was the subject of "universal regret." He was also described by noted Albany chronicler Joel Munsell as "a poet of some merit."

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