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Alexander McDougall
Date: 1732 - 1786
Remarks: Alexander McDougall was brought to the British colonies as a young child. His family lived in New York. Mr. McDougall began a nautical career, between 1756 and 1763. He later turned to business and opposed the tariffs and restrictions imposed by the English. After being imprisoned for writing his views on the British policies, he became a leader in the independence movement. He served as a member of the New York committee of the 51st, a delegate to the 1st and 2nd provincial congress, and a representative of the contintental congress. McDougall was appointed to the post of general in the contintental army and commanded the highlands of the Hudson, by General George Washington. When the Revolution ended he served as a state senator. Then became the first president of the Bank of New York in 1784.