Elbert Adrain Brinckerhoff

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Elbert Adrain Brinckerhoff

Hon. Elbert Adrain Brinckerhoff
Born November 29, 1838
Died March 23, 1913
Resting place Brookside Cemetary
Nationality American
Home town Englewood, NJ
Known for Mayor of Englewood 1899-1900

Elbert Adrain Brinckerhoff, Sr. (November 29, 1838 – March 23, 1913) was the Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey and the founder of Brinckerhoff, Turner and Company. He was president of Merchants National Bank and president of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and vice president of the American Bible Society.[1][2]


He was born on November 29, 1838 in Jamaica, Queens, New York. He was a son of Mary Adrain and John N. Brinckeroff, and grandson of mathematician Robert Adrain.[2][3][4]

In 1854, at age 16, he moved to San Francisco and he took a job with Wells Fargo where he delivered the first pony express package from San Francisco to Sacramento. He later joined the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance. He returned to New York City in 1860.[1]

He moved to Englewood, New Jersey in 1867 and married Emily A. Vermilye on April 22, 1869. His son, Elbert Adrain Brinckerhoff, Jr. (1874-1943), was born in 1874. The couple also had six daughters.[5][1]

He was elected Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey in 1899 and recommended an increase in the police force from seven police officers to nine police officers. He also recommended the building of the city hall.[6][7]

He died March 23, 1913, in Englewood, New Jersey and was buried in Brookside Cemetery (Englewood, New Jersey).[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Brinckerhoff, Bank President, Dies. Head of Merchants Bank. Rode the First Pony Express in This Country. Member of the Vigilance Committee In California Under Coleman in Pioneer Days". The New York Times. March 24, 1913. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F60617FC345E13738DDDAD0A94DB405B838DF1D3. Retrieved 2011-10-20. "Elbert Adrian Brinckerhoff, founder of the cotton firm of Brinckerhoff, ..." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Philip Gengembre Hubert (1903). The Merchants' National Bank of the City of New York. http://books.google.com/books?id=wK-EAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA174. Retrieved 2011-10-21. "Elbert Adrain Brinckerhoff, vice-president, was born in Jamaica, NY, on November 29, 1838, and is the son of John N. Brinckerhoff, principal of Union Hall ..." 
  3. Hall, Henry (ed.) America's successful men of affairs: An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography, Vol. I, p. 111 (1895)
  4. "Elbert Adrain Brinckerhoff". The National cyclopædia of American biography. 1916. pp. 249. http://books.google.com/books?id=3zYOAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA249#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved 2011-11-12. "Brinckerhoff, Elbert Adrain, merchant and banker, was born at Jamaica, L. I., Nov. 29, 1838, son of John N. and Mary (Adrain) Brinckerhoff. His maternal grandfather was Robert Adrain, LL.D.,a noted mathematician. His father was the principal of the Union Hall Academy at Jamaica, L. I., during 1837-65. Union Hall Academy furnished his preliminary education and he was about to enter college when he was offered the opportunity of a voyage around the world on a clipper ship, which he accepted. Upon reaching San Francisco he decided to stay in California, and entering a commercial house, became identified with the affairs of San Francisco. He was an active member of the second Vigilance Committee ...". 
  5. Decennial record of the class of 1896, Yale College, p. 659 (1907) "Elbert Adrain Brinckerhoff, Jr., was born June 6th, 1874, at Englewood, NJ. He is the only son of Elbert Adrain Brinckerhoff and Emily A. Vermilye, ...
  6. "Three Large Projects Nearing Completion for Occupancy Early This Fall". The New York Times. September 25, 1938. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F60F16FB3B581A7A93C7AB1782D85F4C8385F9. Retrieved 2011-10-19. "E. A. Brinckerhoff; Mayor of Englewood in 1899. ..." 
  7. Adaline Wheelock Sterling (1922). The book of Englewood. Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey. p. 189. http://books.google.com/books?id=uGkWAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA189&dq=Brinckerhoff+englewood&hl=en&ei=CgehTrCeE4jY0QGw0oyhBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Brinckerhoff%20englewood&f=false. "In his first message, Mayor Brinckerhoff recommended an increase in the police force from seven to nine and ..."