John Cruger, Sr. (1677-1744)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 45 x 36 in. ( 114.3 x 91.4 cm )
Cruger, of German extraction, probably came to New York from Bristol, England, in 1698. He developed a prosperous shipping trade with Bristol and the West Indies, and lived in a fine mansion on Broad Street, some of the furnishings and silver from which are preserved in public and private collections. Cruger was an alderman in New York from 1712 to 1734 and was appointed mayor in 1744, an office he held continuously until his death. He was buried in the graveyard of the Old Dutch Church.
Gift of Edmund Astley Prentis
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