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Cornelius Roosevelt

For the Cornelius Roosevelt born in 1915, see Cornelius V.S. Roosevelt.
Cornelius Roosevelt
Born Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt
January 30, 1794
New York City, U.S.
Died July 17, 1871 (aged 77)
Oyster Bay, New York
Education Columbia College
Occupation businessman
Employer Chemical Bank
Spouse(s) Margaret Barnhill
(m. 1821–1861; her death)
Parents James Jacobus Roosevelt
Maria Van Schaack

Cornelius Van Schaack "C.V.S." Roosevelt (January 30, 1794 – July 17, 1871) was an American businessman from New York City and a member of the Roosevelt family.

Life and career

Roosevelt was born in New York City to James Jacobus Roosevelt and Maria Van Schaack, and was the last full-blooded Dutch Roosevelt of his line.[1] His brother James John Roosevelt (1795—1875) served as a New York Congressman. He attended Columbia College but academic life did not suit him, and he did not graduate. However, he was adept at business; an importer of hardware and plate glass, he became his father's partner, inherited a large fortune, and was one of the five richest men in New York City.[2][3] He was one of the founders of the Chemical Bank of New York City, which later became Chase.[2] He died in Oyster Bay, New York.

On October 9, 1821,[4] he married Margaret Barnhill (December 13, 1799 — January 23, 1861), a daughter of Robert Craig Barnhill and Elizabeth Potts.[5] Margaret was a descendant of English and Irish Quakers.[6] She was also a descendant of Thomas Pott of Wales through mother Elizabeth. C.V.S. and Margaret had six sons:


  1. ^ Schriftgiesser, Karl (1942). The Amazing Roosevelt Family, 1613–1942. Wildred Funk, Inc. 
  2. ^ a b Meyers, Cornelius V. (1902). Theodore Roosevelt, Patriot and Statesman: The True Story of an Ideal American. P.W. Ziegler & Co. 
  3. ^ Hubert, Philip G. (1903). The Merchants' National Bank of the City of New York. 
  4. ^ "Cornelius Van Schaak Roosevelt/Margaret Barnhill". 
  5. ^ "Barnhill family". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  6. ^ McCullough, David (2001). Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt. Simon and Schuster. 
  7. ^ "POTTS FAMILY SHORT STORY". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 

External links

  • Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt Family Tree

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