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  • ID: I6295
  • Name: George Ingraham SENEY
  • Surname: Seney
  • Given Name: George Ingraham
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 12 May 1826 in Astoria, Queens, New York
  • Death: 7 Apr 1893 in New York, New York
  • _UID: DBD2E398BF9BEA44BB03989AD0E7BED2E707
  • Note:
    1.The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IX

    SENEY, George Ingraham, philanthropist, was born in Astoria, L.I., May 12, 1826; son of the Rev. Robert Seney, and grandson of Joshua and Frances (Nicholson) Seney. He attended Wesleyan university, Middletown, Conn., 1842-43; was graduated from the University of the City of New York in 1846, and engaged in the banking business in New York city, becoming president of the Metropolitan bank in 1877, and holding the office till 1884, when the bank suspended payment and he lost a large fortune. He was interested in several railroad ventures, including the construction of the "Nickel-Plate" road. He was married in 1849 to Phoebe A., daughter of Samuel Mosier. He was a trustee of Wesleyan university, 1871-93; manager of the missionary society of the M.E. church, and a delegate to the general conference in 1880. He contributed largely to charitable and educational institutions, including $410,000 to the Methodist General Hospital Brooklyn, N.Y.; $100,000 to the Long Island Historical society; $250,000 to Emory college and Wesleyan Female college, Macon, Ga., and $100,000 to benevolent objects in Brooklyn. He founded the Seney scholarships at Wesleyan university, and the Seney hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y. with an endowment of $500,000. The degree of A.M. was conferred on him by Wesleyan in 1866. He died in New York city, April 7, 1893.

    Biographies of Notable Americans, 1904
    The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IX

    From the sketch of George's father Robert in "Annals of New York Methodism : being a history of the Methodist Episcopal church in the city of New York from A.D. 1766 to A.D. 1890":

    "To his son, George I Seney, the church owes the initiation and a large share of the endowment of the Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn."

    George was one of the most well-known philanthropists of his time. Stephen Fiske, in his "Off-Hand Portraits of Prominent New Yorkers", discusses the individuals who earned the appellation of "Uncle", a title of popular affection (as in 'Uncle Sam'). He notes that Wall Streets always has its especial 'Uncle', and New York has half a dozen such adopted relatives, but the title is hard to win, and can only be secured by a combination of qualities. Wealth cannot purchase it: one nevers hears of Uncle William Vanderbilt nor Uncle Jay Gould. Benevolence is not rewarded with it: the public never think of Uncle Peter Cooper, nor Uncle George Seney...

    Evidently, although he didn't have all the qualities to earn the title of 'Uncle', this blurb at least shows that he was well-known for his benevolence.

    Seney, George Ingraham 1826-1893
    American National Biography. 24 volumes. Edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. (AmNatBi)
    Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Six volumes. Edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1888-1889. Reprint. Detroit: Gale Research, 1968. (ApCAB)
    Dictionary of American Biography. Volumes 1-20. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928-1936. (DcAmB)
    The Encyclopedia of World Methodism. Two volumes. Edited by Nolan B. Harmon. Nashville, TN: United Methodist Publishing House, 1974. (EncWM)
    The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. Brief biographies of authors, administrators, clergymen, commanders, editors, engineers, jurists, merchants, officials, philanthropists, scientists, statesmen, and others who are making American history. 10 volumes. Edited by Rossiter Johnson. Boston: The Biographical Society, 1904. Reprint. Detroit: Gale Research, 1968. (TwCBDA)
    Who Was Who in America. A component volume of "Who's Who in American History." Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Revised Edition. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1967. (WhAm HS)

    2. 1850 New York Census

    Brooklyn, Kings County

    George Seeney 24 Bank Clerk b. NY
    Phoebe " 18 b. NY

    3. 1860 New York Census

    Mamaroneck, Westchester County

    George Seney 33 Bank Cashier $17,000 $4,000 b. NY
    Phoebe A. " 28 b. NY
    Robert " 10 b. NY
    Jane " 8 b. NY
    Lillie " 5 b. NY
    Albert " 3 b. NY
    Gertrude " 2
    George " 2/12

    3. 1880 New York Census

    123, Bensen St., Brooklyn, Kings County

    Geo. I. Seney 54 Banker b. NY Parents born NY
    Phoebe A. " Wife 48 b. NY Parents born NY
    Geo. I " Son 20 b. NY
    Mary R. " Daughter 17 b. NY
    Nellie H. Daughter 13 b. NY
    Kate " Daughter 11 b. NY
    Nelson Robinson Son-in-law Bamker B. NY Parents born NY
    Elizabeth R. " Daughter 24 b. NY
    Nelson " Grandson 1 b. NY

    4. Dave Seaney
    http://www.gencircles.com/users/dl7715/1/data/61
    DL7715@aol.com

    Individual: Banker Educated at Wesleyan (Middletown, Connecticut) and the University of the City of New York. After graduating in 1846 he was employed in a Brooklyn bank. Later he joined the Gallatin Bank (family related to his grandmother) and the Bank of NorthAmerica in New York City. Became Paying Teller in 1853 at the Metropolitan Bank and within 4 years was Cashier. (Address listed in the 1869 New York City Directory was 108 B'way, h 92 Pierrepont, Brooklyn) Thereafter retained a place ofprominence in New York financial circles for more than a quarter of a century. In the late 1870s was promoted to President of the bank. Took an important part in railroad financing and construction. In furthering this enterprise he built areputation as a conservative banker. Unfortunately he began to resort to "stock watering" and other reckless banking methods. By 1884 this corrupt practice lead to near ruin and in May of that year the bank was forced to close its doors. George at once resigned his presidency and transferred to the bank property valued at $1,500,000. T

    5. http://www.famousamericans.net/joshuaseney/

    Virtual American Biographies Edited Appletons Encyclopedia, Copyright 2001 VirtualologyTM

    SENEY, Joshua, member of the Continental congress, born on the eastern shore of Maryland in 1750" died there in 1799. He was educated by private tutors, engaged in planting, and supported the patriot cause during the Revolution. He was a member of the Continental congress in 1787-'8, and of the 1st congress in 1789, and served by reelection till 1 May, 1792, when he resigned. He was a presidential elector in that year, supporting Washington and Adams. He married Frances, daughter of Commander James Nicholson.--His grandson, George Ingraham, philanthropist, born in Astoria, L. I., 12 May, 1826, is the son of Reverend Robert Seney, a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal church. George was a student in 1845 at Wesleyan, from which he received the degree of A. M. in 1866, was graduated at the University of the city of New York in 1847, entered the banking business, and rose from the post of paying-teller in the Metropolitan bank, New York city, to the presidency of that institution, holding the latter office in 1877-'84, when the bank was suspended and Mr. Seney lost a fortune of several million dollars, a large part of which he has since regained. His contributions to charitable and educational institutions include $410,000 to the Methodist general hospital of Brooklyn, $100,000 to the Long Island historical society, $250,000 to Emory college and Wesleyan female college, Macon, Georgia, and $100,000 to benevolent objects in Brooklyn. He founded the Seney scholarships and largely endowed Wesleyan university, and has contributed to miscellaneous charities more than $400,000. His gallery of pictures is one of the finest in the United States, and he has presented several valuable paintings to the Metropolitan museum of art, New York city.

    6. http://www.smokershistory.com/Central.htm

    The Central Trust
    Bank History, Central Trust Company of New York
    (From: New York Bank History. By Bob Kerstein, President of Scripophily.com)

    George I. Seney
    George Ingraham Seney (1826-1893) was born in Astoria, New York, but "On both sides he is a Marylander by descent." His grandfather was a member of the first Federal Congress and his father was the noted Methodist minister, Rev. Robert Seney. His maternal great-grandfather was James Nicholson, the first Commodore in the United States Navy. He attended Wesleyan University and graduated from New York University in 1847, and immediately began work as paying teller at the Metropolitan National Bank. He was its president from 1877 to 1884, when the bank failed due to his stock speculations. "At the time of his retirement from the bank it was supposed that Mr. Seney had lost the greater part of his fortune, but a large block of the securities of the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad, which were then considered as practically worthless, he was later enabled to sell out advantageously." He gave $550,000 to Wesleyan University; $225,000 to "literary institutions in Georgia" (presumbly Emory College, at Oxford, and Wesleyan Female College, at Macon), and $500,000 to the Seney Hospital in Brooklyn. (Honoring Mr. Seney. New York Times, May 21, 1882; George I. Seney Is Dead. New York Times, Apr. 8, 1893.)

    7. DEATHS..1893

    Brooklyn Daily Standard Union

    8 April 1893
    George I.SENEY,
    whose serious illness for three weeks past with angina pectoris and
    dilatation of the heart has been a cause of the liveliest
    solicitude to his family, and a large circle of friends, died at about
    twenty minutes of 7 last evening, at the Grand Hotel, in New York. His
    physician, Dr.Charles C.LEE, and Dr. Alfred LOOMIS, consulting physician, both
    extended hope of his recovery until late yesterday afternoon,when they were
    hastily called on account of a very unfavorable turn in their patient's
    condition. He had an attack of nausea, which, in his enfeebled condition,
    they could not check.He failed gradually, peacefully and painlessly,
    conscious to the last. His wife and children,except his son, Albert G., who
    resides at Bernardsville, N.J., were present, besides other kindred. These
    included his daughter, Mrs.Elihu K. ROBINSON, Mrs.John N. SIMPSON, and her
    sons, George I. and Robert: Mrs.Nelson ROBINSON, Mrs.H.D.D. RIPLEY, Mrs.Albert
    T. PLUMMER and Mrs.George R. SHELDON.

    8. 1893 NY Times biography article

    9. NY Times obituary with biographical information

    10. One daughter married H. D. Dillon Ripley.
  • Change Date: 27 Jul 2011 at 12:24:37



    Father: Robert SENEY b: 12 Oct 1797 in Maryland
    Mother: Jane Augusta INGRAHAM b: 1800 in New York

    Marriage 1 Phoebe Augusta MOSER b: 1832 in New York
    • Married: 1849
    • Note:
      Dave Seaney
      http://www.gencircles.com/users/dl7715/1/data/61
      DL7715@aol.com
    Children
    1. Has Children Robert S. SENEY b: 21 Jul 1850 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
    2. Has Children Jane "Jennie" Augusta SENEY b: 11 Dec 1852 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
    3. Has Children Elizabeth "Elisa" "Lillie" Rushmore SENEY b: 1 Jan 1855 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
    4. Has Children Albert Gallatin SENEY b: Feb 1856 in New York
    5. Has No Children Gertrude SENEY b: 1858 in New York
    6. Has Children George Ingraham SENEY b: 8 Jul 1860 in Mamaroneck, New York
    7. Has No Children Frances T. SENEY
    8. Has Children Mary R. SENEY b: 3 Jul 1863 in New York
    9. Has No Children Nellie H. SENEY b: 1867 in New York
    10. Has Children Katherine "Kate" SENEY b: 1869 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
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