George Ludwig Christian Scriba (1753-1836)
Plaster, wood, and painted glass
Overall: 4 5/8 x 3 3/4 x 5/8 in. ( 11.7 x 9.5 x 1.6 cm )
copper nameplate: on front: "GEORGE SCRIBE" typed label: "GEO. SCRIBE - 1789/Born at Vohl Germany, 27th April 1753. Died at Constantia, Oswego County, New York,/14th August 1836./Aged 84 years. Merchant in New York./Member Chamber of Commerce, 1786./Uni
The subject was born in Vöhl, Hesse-Darmstadt, the son of a Lutheran minister. After mercantile experience as a young man in Amsterdam and the West Indies, he immigrated to the United States in 1783 and settled in New York. In 1792 he purchased a 500,000 acre tract of land between Lake Ontario and Lake Oneida which was known as Scriba's Patent. He founded the settlement of Rotterdam (later Constantia) on Lake Oneida where he died. This portrait was a gift to the Society from his grandnephew.
Gift of Mr. A. M. Scribe
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.