June 21: Lewis Tappan

June 21: Lewis Tappan, abolitionist who was intimately involved in the Amistad defense in 1841, and arranged for the African defendants to be represented by former President John Quincy Adams, died on this date in 1873.

June 19: Lispenard Stewart

June 19: Lispenard Stewart, scion of a wealthy Old New York family, who never married, and benefactor of the zoo, Grace Church, and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, was born on this date in 1865.

June 18: Juliet Corson

June 18: On this date in 1897, Juliet Corson, who pioneered cook books (including Fifteen Cent Dinners for Families of Six) and founded the New York School of Cookery in 1876, the first successful cooking school there, died.

June 17: James Weldon Johnson

June 17: James Weldon Johnson, who wrote the “Negro National Anthem” (“Lift Every Voice and Sing”) with his brother J. Rosamund, and who led the fight for the Anti-Lynching Law of 1921, was born on this date in 1871.

June 16: Elmer Sperry

June 16: On this date in 1930, inventor Elmer Sperry, who created the gyrocompass, a high density arc lamp, and the Iron Mike, and held 400 other patents, twice as many as Thomas Edison, died.

June 15: Henry Cruse Murphy

June 15: At the 1852 Democratic National Convention, on this date, Brooklyn’s Henry Cruse Murphy came within a vote of winning his party’s nomination for president of the United States.

June 14: Robert Barnwell Roosevelt

June 13: On this date in 1906, Robert Barnwell Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s uncle who had secretly lived simultaneously with two wives and two families within blocks of each other, died.

Room Service, Please–And Thank You, Chester!

The New York Hilton Midtown recently announced that it is discontinuing room service to its 2000 rooms. As The New York Times reported, “The decision to jettison room service at the New York Hilton, reported by Crain’s New York Business, comes as other large hotels have cut back menus or reduced hours in recent years, … Read more

June 13: Edgar Addison Kimball

June 12: On this date in 1822, Edgar Addison Kimball was born. He would serve with distinction during the Mexican-American and Civil Wars, only to be murdered during that latter war by a rival officer.