Samuel Bulkley Ruggles

Samuel Bulkley Ruggles

Birth
New Milford, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 28 Aug 1881 (aged 82)
Fire Island Pines, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
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Eldest son of the Hon. Philo and Ellen(Bulkley)Ruggles, of New Milford, Conn., was born in that tow Apr. 11, 1799. In 1804 his parents removed to Poughkeepsie, N. Y., from which place he entered the senior class in this college in August, 1813, in his 15th year.

He studied law, and at the age of 21 was admitted to the bar in New York City, where his life was spent. Success attended him from the first, and outside of his professional life he early became interested in great public improvements, such as the building of the N.Y.& Erie Railroad and the enlargement of the Erie Canal. In 1838 he was elected to the State Legislature, where he made such a reputation for himself in connection with the development of the canal system that in 1839 he was appointed a Canal Commissioner; he was president of the Board of Canal Commissioners from 1840 to 1858, and his services to the State and the City of New York in this position were most important. During these years he was also active as a commissioner of the Croton aqueduct. He became an authority in all matters affecting the commercial influence of New York City, and after his retirement from the Canal Board, devoted himself especially to the careful study of questions of finance. He served with distinction on many important public commissions, and was repeatedly sent abroad to represent the country in international conferences,--as, in 1863 and 1869 to the Statistical Congress, and in 1867 to the Monetary Conference in Paris. He was also a voluminous writer on economic topics.

He was married May 15, 1822, to Mary Rosalie, daughter of John Rathbone, of New York, who died three or four years before him. In June, 1881, he suffered from a stroke of paralysis, which caused his death on the 28th of the following August, at fire Island, N. Y., in the 83rd year of his age. One son died early; the remaining son and a daughter are still living.

Mr. Ruggles received the degree of Doctor of Laws from this College in 1859; on the semi-Centennial anniversary of his graduation he delivered a remarkable address before the Alumni, on the progress of the half-century, which was printed.

Source: Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale College-June 1882


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  • Maintained by: Mary(Coggin)Russell
  • Originally Created by: Andrea Maloney
  • Added: 20 Sep 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 29944567
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Bulkley Ruggles (11 Apr 1799–28 Aug 1881), Find a Grave Memorial no. 29944567, citing Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Mary(Coggin)Russell (contributor 46598967) .