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George Douglas, son of George and Margaret Corne, his wife, was born in New York City, September 1, 1792, and died at the home of his brother, 100 West 14th Street, January 31, 1862. Mr. Douglas graduated from Columbia with the class of 1811.

He went into business with his brother William, the firm being George Douglas & Co. Their business was a commission one dealing largely in East India goods. In the controversy between President Jackson and the United States Bank the house of George Douglas & Co. was one of the very few that sided with the President. Almost all the merchants opposed Jackson. Mr. Douglas was advised not to ventilate his political opinions until his bank credits were secured, but he could not be swayed. He avowed his opinions openly and above board. It is needless to add that the Bank very speedily closed its accounts with the independent New York Jackson merchant. The stoppage of his credits injured him seriously, but he stood up under it and although staggered, did not fall. Mr. Douglas was equally independent in other matters. He refused to receive a consignment of a cargo of brandy or wine because he was a temperance man and meant to be consistent.

Mr. Douglas always allowed his name to be used whenever and wherever it could do good to the cause of democracy. In 1844 he was one of the democratic electors at large and voted for James K. Polk. In 1835 Mr. Douglas bought the Van Zandt property at Little Neck Bay, Long Island, which became known as Douglas Farms and later Douglas Manor and later still Douglaston. This property he improved and beautified. It is now the home of the Douglaston Country Club. On April 26, 1837, Mr. Douglas married Eliza Graham, youngest daughter of Dr. Maxwell of Thornhill, Dumfries, and of Mrs. Ann Maxwell, who kept a boarding school at 19th Street. His wife died at Great Malvern, England, December 23, 1853. Several sons and daughters were born to them, few however passing childhood.


William Proctor Douglas attained manhood and succeeded to his father's wealth. — Old Merchants of New York; The Press


His ancestor was grandfather to William Douglas, 1st Bt of Castle Douglas




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