Jurist; born in New Amsterdam (New York)
, July 8, 1658; eldest son of Johannes De Peyster
, a noted merchant of his day. Between 1691 and 1695 he was mayor of the city of New York
; was first assistant justice
and then chief-justice of New York, and was one of the King
's council under Governor Hyde
(afterwards Lord Cornbury), and as its president was acting-governor for a time in 1701. Judge De Peyster
was colonel of the forces in New York and treasurer of that province and New Jersey
He was a personal friend and correspondent of William Penn
Having amassed considerable wealth, he built a fine mansion, which stood, until 1856, in Pearl street. It was used by Washington
as his headquarters for a while in 1776.
He died in New York City Aug. 10, 1728.