Thomas F. R. Mercein (d. 1856), an early member of the New-York Historical
Society, was later pastor of the Methodist church at Sheffield, Massachusetts. Ibid.,
Rev. John Henry Hobart ( 1775-1830, Princeton 1793), rector of Trinity
Church and bishop of the Episcopal diocese of New York since 1816.
Rev. Gardiner Spring. See 66.2.
Virginia-born John Augustine Smith ( 1782-1865, William and Mary 1800),
trained in medicine at London, was a professor at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. In 1831 he became its fifth president.
William James McNeven ( 1763-1841, M.D. Vienna 1784) had been a fellow-
prisoner in Ireland with the revolutionary Thomas Addis Emmet, whom he followed
to New York in 1805. Professor of obstetrics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons
from 1808 to 1826, he resigned to help found the short-lived Rutgers Medical School. Bryant wrote "McNevin."
John Watts, a graduate of Edinburgh University, was the fourth president
( 1826-1831) of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, then an independent institution, but after 1891 a part of Columbia University. See A History of Columbia University 1754-1904 . . . ( New York: Columbia University Press, 1904), pp. 316-317. Watts's article in the EP has not been located.
John Power ( 1792-1849), vicar general of the Roman Catholic diocese of New
York, and since 1819 pastor of Saint Peter's Church. In 1841 Saint John's College, later Fordham University, was founded by John Joseph Hughes ( 1797-1864), then bishop
and later archbishop of New York.
The Workingmen's Party, formed in 1829 by dissident Tammany Hall Democrats who were merchants and professional men as well as mechanics and clerks, opposed the Albany Regency and the Jackson administration. That November they won
nearly as many votes for their legislative slate as did the party regulars. A year later,
however, their party had fractured, and Jackson supporters won city as well as state
elections. The New York Evening Journal, edited by
Noah Cook, and the Working
Man's Advocate, by
George Henry Evans, spoke for the two factions of the Workingmen's Party. See Benson, Jacksonian Democracy, pp. 33-40, Passim; Walter Hugins, Jacksonian Democracy and the Working Class: A Study of the New York Workingmen's Movement 1829-1837 ( Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1960), pp. 12-23, Passim; EP for November 18, 1829.
James Alexander Hamilton ( 1788-1878, Columbia 1805), son of the first Secretary of the Treasury, was an influential adviser of Presidents Jackson and Van Buren,
serving from 1830 to 1833 as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New
York. See Benson, Jacksonian Democracy, p. 6.