Thomas Buchanan (12/24/1744 - 09/10/1815)

Borrowing activity from 2/22/1790 to 2/15/1792.
Thomas Buchanan was born in 1744 in Glasgow into a prominent merchant family. He was educated at the University of Glasgow and came to New York in 1762 (Graham 125-126). He went into business with his father's cousin Walter and developed a mercantile house, originally named Walter & Thomas Buchanan, which engaged in foreign and domestic trade; he later went into business with his younger brother and then his son (Stevens 125-126). He was a ship owner, and imported goods from England, Scotland, the West Indies, and Madeira (Stevens 126). Buchanan was one of the General Committee of One Hundred selected to take charge of New York City in 1775, and was one of the signers of the loyal address to Lord and General Howe in September 1776 (Stevens 126; Lamb 740). He was vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce of New York from 1780 to 1783, a promoter of New-York Hospital and one of its governors from 1785-1800, and a member of the St. Andrew's Society.

Buchanan's parents were George Buchanan, a leading Glasgow merchant, and Jean Lowden. He married Almy Townsend of Oyster Bay in 1765; they had eight children (Stevens 128). Their daughter Almy married Peter P. Goelet, a director of the Bank of New York.

He died on September 10, 1815, and was buried in his family vault in the First Presbyterian Church in Wall Street (Stevens 127).
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Transcribed: Women of FashionPhoebe GibbesVolume 12/22/17902/24/1790Mr. Hicks
Transcribed: Catesbys LettersMarie Jeanne de Heurles Laboras de Mezières Riccoboni; Frances Moore Brooke2/24/17902/24/1790
Transcribed: Women of FashionPhoebe GibbesVolume 22/24/17902/26/1790
Transcribed: Catesbys LettersMarie Jeanne de Heurles Laboras de Mezières Riccoboni; Frances Moore Brooke2/26/17903/3/1790
Transcribed: Baretti's travelsGiuseppe Marco Antonio BarettiVolume 13/3/17903/10/1790
Transcribed: Effusions of Fancy &John LanghorneVolume 13/3/17903/3/1790
Transcribed: Marriage actJohn ShebbeareVolume 13/10/17903/12/1790
Transcribed: Romance Real lifeCharlotte Turner SmithVolume 13/12/17903/17/1790
Transcribed: "Charlotte Turner SmithVolume 23/17/17903/22/1790
Transcribed: Mary Queen of ScotsJohn WhitakerVolume 13/22/17903/24/1790
Transcribed: Cooks lifeAndrew Kippis3/24/17903/26/1790
Transcribed: Fair SyrianRobert BageVolume 13/26/17903/31/1790
Transcribed: "Robert BageVolume 23/31/17904/16/1790
Transcribed: Savary's GreeceClaude-Étienne Savary4/16/17904/28/1790
Transcribed: Cooks VoyageJames CookVolume 14/28/17904/30/1790
Transcribed: New Bath GuideChristopher Anstey4/30/17905/2/1790
Transcribed: Catesbys LettersMarie Jeanne de Heurles Laboras de Mezières Riccoboni; Frances Moore Brooke5/3/17905/14/1790
Transcribed: EmelineCharlotte Turner SmithVolume 25/25/17905/31/1790
Transcribed: Wilsons Pelu IslandGeorge Keate5/31/17906/11/1790
Transcribed: ClarissaSamuel RichardsonVolume 76/11/17906/16/1790
Transcribed: ArundleRichard CumberlandVolume 110/4/179010/11/1790
Transcribed: Swinburnes TravelsHenry SwinburneVolume 110/19/179010/25/1790
Transcribed: "Henry SwinburneVolume 210/25/179011/9/1790
Transcribed: Moore ItalyJohn MooreVolume 111/9/179011/10/1790
Transcribed: "John MooreVolume 211/10/179011/12/1790
Transcribed: " FranceJohn MooreVolume 111/12/179011/22/1790
Transcribed: " conJohn MooreVolume 111/22/179011/24/1790
Transcribed: Gent MagVolume 1311/24/179011/29/1790
Transcribed: "Volume 1411/29/179012/8/1790
Transcribed: Lady LuxboroughBaroness Henrietta Knight Luxborough12/8/17901/5/17911/2d
Transcribed: " conBaroness Henrietta Knight Luxborough1/5/17911/13/1791
Transcribed: Bellamys LifeGeorge Anne BellamyVolume 11/13/17911/27/1791
Transcribed: Chatelleux travelsFrançois-Jean ChastelluxVolume 21/23/17912/16/1791
Transcribed: Mary Queen of ScotsJohn WhitakerVolume 12/16/17912/21/1791
Transcribed: EncyVolume 42/21/17913/10/1791
Transcribed: Cooks VoyageJames CookVolume 13/10/17914/4/1791
Transcribed: EmmelineCharlotte Turner SmithVolume 14/4/17914/6/1791
Transcribed: Ency FrenchDenis Diderot; Jean le Rond d'Alembert Volume 334/6/17914/7/1791
Transcribed: Houbrakens headsThomas Birch4/8/17914/18/1791
Transcribed: NobilityJohann LoenVolume 14/18/17914/22/1791
Transcribed: Burke on the revolutionEdmund Burke4/20/17914/26/1791
Transcribed: Select Dra. PiecesRichard Paul Jodrell4/26/17914/27/1791
Transcribed: Youngs WorksEdward YoungVolume 24/27/17915/10/1791
Transcribed: ShakespeareWilliam ShakespeareVolume 25/13/17915/23/1791
Transcribed: Darts WestminsterJohn DartVolume 15/26/17915/27/1791
Transcribed: LouisaElizabeth HelmeVolume 16/16/17916/16/1791
Transcribed: Irvins AdventuresEyles Irwin8/30/17919/5/1791
Transcribed: VaillantFrançois Le Vaillant9/5/17919/6/1791
Transcribed: (En) Britt NewVolume 69/6/17919/9/1791
Transcribed: Porttocks & Dixon VoyageNathaniel PortlockVolume 29/9/17919/15/1791
Transcribed: Enc Brit New9/15/17919/29/1791
Transcribed: Consetts tourMatthew ConsettVolume 29/30/179110/5/1791
Transcribed: Col magVolume 210/5/179110/9/1791
Transcribed: Letters from ItalyLady Anna Riggs MillerVolume 110/6/179110/10/1791
Transcribed: Johnsons AnedotesHester Lynch Piozzi10/10/179110/24/1791
Transcribed: GamestersAnna Maria MacKenzieVolume 110/24/179111/3/1791
Transcribed: Simple StoryElizabeth InchbaldVolume 211/3/179111/22/17915d
Transcribed: EuphemiaCharlotte LennoxVolume 211/22/17912/4/17924/6d
Transcribed: Clarkes Works - transferredSamuel ClarkeVolume 12/15/17922/15/1792
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