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Bio: John Chambers


The biography below, published by the Episcopal Church, is captioned under the name William Chambers, but the bulk of the biography refers to John Chambers, son of William Chambers. Paragraphs and bracketed explanations have been added, to make for easier reading. Pam Garrett, August 2015.

William Chambers.
A patent for land on the south side of Ouassiack Creek in Orange County was issued in 1712 to William Chambers and Mr. Sutherland. Mr. Chambers soon after entered into possession and built a log cabin at the northern end of Murderer's Creek near the Hudson River. It was upon the site of what is now known as the Ladlow farm. He was a firm and consistent Churchman, and was energetic in the interest of the Church. He died in 1738. He had two sons. One, William [Chambers], entered the British navy and attained the rank of admiral. The other, John [Chambers], studied law and was admitted to the bar in New York City and in Orange County in 1735.

[The following information probably refers to John Chambers, son of William Chambers]
While maintaining a residence in Orange County, he appears also to have had a city home as early as 1726. In the famous trial of John Peter Zenger, publisher of the "New York Weekly Journal," in July, 1735, for printing " false, scandalous, and seditious libels, "after those eminent counsellors, William Smith and James Alexander, had been disbarred for questioning the legality of the commission of Chief Justice de Lancey as judge, he was assigned by the court as counsel for the printer. His conduct of the case was regarded as remarkably able. He readily met the arguments of the skilled attorney general, Richard Bradley, and aided Andrew Hamilton, the famous lawyer, who was brought from Philadelphia to make the plea to the jury and assist in the trial, by a clear summary of the facts and legal points involved. The acquittal of the printer was hailed as a triumph of English liberty, and gave Mr. Chambers a high reputation.

In 1737 he [John Chambers] married Anne, the youngest daughter of Jacobus and Eve (Philipse) Van Cortlandt, the ancestor of the Yonkers family.

After his removal to New York City he held several municipal offices, was a member of the Provincial Assembly, and afterward was called to the governor's council, in which he sat until appointed in 1751 second judge of the Supreme Court. He took part in many stirring events, and was a member of the Continental Congress at Albany. He was a vestryman of Trinity Church from 1726 to 1757, and warden from 1757 to his death in 1765. Chambers Street in New York City was named after him.

[source] Archives of the General Convention, Volume 3; Episcopal Church Commission on Archives, J. H. Hobart, 1804.


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Link to John Chambers
Will of John Chambers, 1764 New York


Biography of John Chambers from the archives of the Episcopal Church; prepared by Pamela Hutchison Garrett for John Markham of Chesterfield website; 2015.