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LISPENARD, Leonard, merchant, born in New York city in 1716; died there, 15 February, 1790. He was the grandson of Anthony Lispenard, a Huguenot refugee, who came to New York about the middle of the 17th century and became a merchant there. In 1741 he married Alice, daughter of Anthony Rutgers, who inherited one third of the extensive grant that was made by George II. to her father, and subsequently Mr. Lispenard acquired by purchase the remainder of the land, which has since been known as the Lispenard meadows. His country mansion was on Lispenard hill, an elevation overlooking what later was called St. John's park. Mr. Lispenard was assistant alderman from the north ward in 1750-'5, and alderman in 1756-'62, and member of the provincial assembly in 1765-'7. He was an active member of the Stamp-act congress in New York in 1765, of the committee of one hundred that was elected to control all general affairs in May, 1775, and of the first provincial congress in May, 1775. He was also treasurer of King's (now Columbia) college, one of the original members of the Society of the New York hospital, and one of its governors in 1770-'7.--His two Sons, LEONARD and ANTHONY, were well-known men at, that time. The three streets, Leonard, Anthony (now Worth), and Thomas, were named after the sons of Anthony, and Bathe street (now spelled Beach) after his son-in-law, Paul Bathe, while Lispenard street was named in honor of the family, and Barclay street after Reverend Thomas Barclay who married his wife's sister.
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