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Knickerbocker, John -1827

Born in Schaghticoke, N. Y., in 1749; inherited the Knickerbocker estates from his uncle, Herman Knickerbocker; served in the American army in the Revolutionary War; after the war represented Rensselaer county in the New York legislature. He died at Schaghticoke in 1827. Washington Irving's use of the name in his Knickerbocker's history of New York has resulted in its being used to describe the typical Dutch New York gentleman. Where New York City is personated in caricatures, the figure is that of “Father Knickerbocker.”

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