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 William Henry Van Schaick

William Henry Van Schaick

Birth
Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Death 8 Dec 1927 (aged 90)
Utica, Oneida County, New York, USA
Burial Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 13144 · View Source
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Folk Figure. As the captain of a New York-based steamboat, "the General Slocum," Captain Van Schaick was tried and convicted for being responsible for the fire that destroyed the ship and killing more than 1,000 of it's passengers, on June 15, 1904. He only served 3 1/2 years in Sing Sing Prison until he was paroled and eventually pardoned by President Taft on December 19, 1912. Although vindicated of all charges, he was chastised for the disaster for the remainder of his life. In 1927, he was interred in an unmarked grave. The grave was marked many years later.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 22 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13144
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Van Schaick (7 Dec 1837–8 Dec 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13144, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .