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New York City Mayors Challenge

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We have a great free-space page that lists all the past mayors of New York City. However, we noticed that many of them do not have profiles yet and that several of those that do already exist could do with some improvements.

To remedy that we decided to have a New York City Mayors Challenge!

How to Participate

There are three ways to participate:

1. Create a profile for a mayor that isn't on WikiTree yet and link the profile from List of New York City Mayors. The profile must include sources other than Wikipedia. (3 points)

2. Improve a profile for a mayor that already exists on WikiTree. The checklist here would be a good guideline to work from. (3 points; if two different members make significant improvements, you each get 2 points)

3. Connect one of the unconnected Mayors. (5 points)

To join, add your WikiTree ID in the box you are working on. For example, if you are Eowyn Langholf and you are creating a profile, you would put "Langholf-2 in progress" in that box. When you are finished, remove "in progress" and leave your WikiTree ID in the box so we know who completed each item.

If you aren't sure how to edit the table, leave a comment on this page and we will help!

Once everything is completed, we'll review each profile to make sure the challenge requirements are met, tally the points and announce a winner!


Name Mayor Profile Connected
Thomas Willett1st, 3rdYESYES
Thomas Delavall2nd, 5th, 11thYESYES
Cornelius Van Steenwyck4th, 14thNeeds formatting; info (looks copy/paste)YES
Matthias Nicoll6thYESYES
John Lawrence7th, 19thYESYES
William Dervall8thYESYES
Nicholas De Meyer9thYESYES
Stephanus Van Cortlandt10th, 17thYESYES
Francis Rombouts12thYESYES
William Dyre13thYES (may be conflated)YES
Gabriel Minvielle15thYESYES
Nicholas Bayard16thYESYES
Peter Delanoy18thYESYES
Abraham DePeyster20thYESYES
Charles Lodewick21stYESYES
William Merritt22ndYESYES
Johanness De Peyster23rdYESYES
David Provost24thYESYES
Isaac de Riemer25thYESYES
Thomas Noell26thYESYES
Thomas HoodinterimNEEDS WORKNO
Phillip French27thYESYES
William Peartree28thYESYES
Ebenezer Wilson 29thYESNO
Jacobus Van Cortlandt30th, 33rdYESYES
Caleb Heathcote31stYESYES
John Johnstone32ndYESYES
Robert Walters34thYESYES
Johannes Jansen35thYESNO
Robert Lurting36thYESNO
Paul Richard37thYESNO
John Cruger38thYESYES
Stephen Bayard39thNeeds work - BIO; 124-DeCourseyYES
Edward Holland40thNeeds work - BIOYES
John Cruger, Jr.41stYESYES
Whitehead Hicks42ndYESYES
David Mathews43rdYESYES
James Duane44thYESYES
Richard Varick45thYESYES
Edward Livingston46thYESYES
DeWitt Clinton47th, 49th, 51stYESYES
Marinus Willett48thYESYES
Jacob Radcliff50th, 53rdYESYES
John Ferguson52ndYESYES
Cadwallader D. Colden54thNeeds work - BIOYES
Stephen Allen55thYESYES
William Paulding Jr.56th, 58thYESYES
Philip Hone57thYESNO
Walter Bowne59thNeeds work - Bio/SourcesYES
Gideon Lee (1778-1841)60thYESYES
Cornelius Van Wyck Lawrence61stNeeds work - BIOYES
Aaron Clark62ndYESNO
Isaac Varian63rdNEEDS WORKYES
Robert Morris64thYESYES
James Harper65th YESYES
William Havemeyer66th, 69th, 80thNEEDS WORKYES
Andrew Hutchins Mickle67thNEEDS WORKNO
William V. Brady68thYESNO
Caleb Smith Woodhull 70thYESYES
Ambrose Kingsland71stYESYES
Jacob Aaron WesterveltNEEDS WORKYES
Fernando Wood73rd, 75thYESYES
Daniel F. Tiemann74thYESYES
George Opdyke76thNeeds work - BIOYES
Charles Godfrey Gunther77thNeeds work - BIO; SOURCESNO
John T. Hoffman78thNeeds work - BIOYES
Thomas ComanactingYESNO
Abraham Oakey Hall|79thNeeds work - BIOYES
Samuel VanceactingYESYES
William Hull Wickham81stNeeds work - BIOYES
Smith Ely82ndYESYES
Edward Cooper83rdYESYES
William Grace84th, 86thNeeds work - BIOYES
Franklin Edson85thNEEDS WORKYES
Abram S. Hewitt87thYESYES
Hugh J. Grant88thYESNO
Thomas Gilroy89thYESYES
William L. Strong90thYESYES
Robert Van Wyck91stNeeds work - BIOYES
Seth Low92ndNEEDS WORKYES
George Brinton McClellan Jr93rdNEEDS WORKYES
William Jay Gaynor94thYESYES
Ardolph Loges KlineactingYESYES
John Purroy Mitchel95thYESYES
John F. Hylan96thNeeds work - BIOYES
William T. Collinsacting for one day, Dec 31, 1925Needs work - BIONO
James J. Walker97thYESYES
Joseph V. McKeeactingNeeds work - BIOYES
John P. O'Brien98thYESNO
Fiorello La Guardia99thYESYES
William O'Dwyer100thNeeds Work - BIOYES
Vincent R. Impellitteri101stYESYES
Robert Wagner II102ndNeeds work - BIOYES
John V. Lindsay103rdYESYES
Abraham D. Beame104thYESYES
Edward I. Koch 105thYESNO
David N. Dinkins106th YESYES
Rudolph W. Giuliani107thN/A (unlisted)N/A
Michael R. Bloomberg108thN/A (unlisted)N/A
Bill DeBlasio109th (living)
Eric Adams, took office in 2022.110th (living)




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Hugh Grant #88 is connected via his mother in law
posted by S Stevenson
57, 67, 68, 77, 96.5, 98 were connected during connect-a-thon
posted by S Stevenson
Hello everyone! I connected Abraham Beame today.... Happy 2021!

I also created profiles for William Wickham and Abraham Hall and connected them to the tree!

posted by Donna (Tucker) Baumann
edited by Donna (Tucker) Baumann
Great news! I guess we will see the connection paths tomorrow, after the data get refreshed. It looks like Beame has a complicated connection path.

Do you have sources to add to the William Wickham profile?

posted by Ellen Smith
I was wondering if they could be the same person, but the newspaper article definitely says Mayor Thomas Hood. Also, Noell's will went into probate on 4 Oct 1702, Hood died in 1702. One died of some disease similar to yellow fever and the other died of small pox.
It's weirder than that. At https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3AList_of_mayors_of_New_York_City#Thomas_Hood I read the following:

The official list of NYC mayors does not mention Hood, so I did some Googling. As near as I can tell, a 19th century list had Hood instead of Noell, that list was widely copied, and some contemporary sources "corrected" that by including them both. However, the vast majority of definitive sources, such as the city's Green Book and New York City Mayors by Ralph J. Caliendo [cites https://books.google.com/books?id=n6Ku20Sh5vwC&pg=PA61] include Noell and not Hood. I've therefore removed Hood from this list, and have redirected Hood's article to Thomas Noell until some other evidence comes along. Beyond My Ken 03:59, 5 January 2012 (UTC)

posted by Ellen Smith
I'm not sure what to do about Thomas Hood. If you search for him on wikipedia (disambiguous), the link leads to Thomas Noell instead. Thomas Noell's entry says Philip French succeeded him. However, I did find a newspaper article that calls Thomas Hood the Mayor. It just states that he gave the oath of freeman to some people and died in 1702 from "the great sickness of New-York." It says Philip French followed Hood on 19 October. I just answered my own question. Hood was mayor for only 2 weeks in 1702 before he died.
We have had an increase of 20 profiles for Mayors since this challenge started! Unfortunately, there are almost that many still needing profiles...

Current scores (if my calculations are to be trusted) are:

  • Selvaggio-84 - 97 points (12 new profiles plus a bunch of new profile connections and improved profiles). Thank you, Lucy!!
  • Lewis-24639 - 21 points (7 new profiles)
  • Stevenson-3628 - 15 hard-earned points for connecting profiles
  • Rassinot-1 - 9 points for profile improvements
  • Roehl-22 - 8 points for profile improvement and connection for Mayor McKee [SORRY THAT I OVERLOOKED THIS ONE!]

(I also created one of the new profiles, but I'm not eligible to compete in the challenge...)

posted by Ellen Smith
John Purroy Mitchel is connected (on Sep 17) via his wife https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Mitchel-515
posted by S Stevenson
Whoosh! Lucy continues to collect Big Apple mayors. Since the last tally, she created and improved Edward Cooper's profile and connected him to the tree; she significantly improved Tiemann and Ed Koch; and she connected Gaynor to the big tree. That's 17 more points added to her 25 (if my arithmetic is right), for a total of 42

Meanwhile Deb has created two more starter profiles (O'Brien and McKee), bringing her total up to 21 points.

S Stevenson hasn't announced victory yet on the project of connecting LaGuardia, but he's connected now. It took a bunch of new profiles to reach from him to Albert Van Voorhees, a New Netherland descendant born in 1716. Huzzah! (And 5 points).

Isabelle also hasn't declared victory on McClellan, but he's much improved.

posted by Ellen Smith
Update on the challenge scores:
  • Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz has cruised into the lead, with 3 new profiles (Woodhull, Tiemann, and Gaynor), 2 substantially improved profiles (Woodhull and Vance), and two connections to the big tree (Woodhull and Tiemann). She's still busy, but at the moment I count 25 points.
  • Deb Durham has created 5 starter profiles (O'Dwyer, Pelliteri, Lindsay, Beame, and Koch), for 15 points.
  • Isabelle Rassinot is busy improving McClellan, but hasn't posted here yet.
  • S. Stevenson has been working on connecting LaGuardia.

Thanks for the progress so far! But I can't help but notice that there are plenty of opportunities for new competitors to achieve Big Apple Bragging Rights here.

posted by Ellen Smith
The scores so far:
  1. Deb Durham has created 5 starter profiles, for 15 points.
  2. Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz created one new profile, improved it substantially beyond the basic level needed to for challenge credit, and connected it, so I reckon she has 11 points. And she's working on another.
posted by Ellen Smith