Robert Walters (mayor)

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Robert Walters
34th Mayor of New York City
In office
Preceded byJacobus Van Cortlandt
Succeeded byJohannes Jansen
Personal details
Catherine Leisler
(m. 1685)

Robert Walters (died 1733) was the Mayor of New York City from 1720 to 1725.[1][2][self-published source]

Early life[edit]

Walters was likely born in Plymouth, England,[3] and emigrated to British America where he was a resident of New York City by 1685.[4]


Walters became a wealthy businessman and, in 1698, he was appointed to the Council by Richard Coote, 1st Earl of Bellomont, Governor of the Province of New York. When Judge Abraham de Peyster recused himself due to conflicts of interest due to his extensive holdings, Walters was chosen to substitute on the Supreme Court of Judicature. He also substituted for Judge Stephen Van Cortlandt when Van Cortlandt was ill.

Upon William Atwood's swearing in as Chief Judge on August 5, 1701, Walters was appointed Third Judge. As a member of the court, he was part of the group that tried and condemned to death Col. Nicholas Bayard and John Hutchins for treason. The resulting uproar led to his suspension on June 9, 1702 from both the Court and the Governor's Council.

In 1710, however, he was again appointed to the Governor's Council and in 1718, was commissioned as Second Judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature, remaining on the bench until his death in 1733.[4] From 1720 to 1725, he served as the Mayor of New York City. In 1720, while mayor, a tax of two percent was "raised on all goods coming from Europe."[5]

Personal life[edit]

On February 4, 1685, he married Catherine Leisler (b. November 8, 1665), daughter of Jacob Leisler.[4] Together, they were the parents of:[6]

  • Elizabeth Walter (b. 1685), who married Johannes Wendell.[7]
  • Maria Walter (1689–1764), who first married Arent Schuyler. After his death, she married married Archibald Kennedy (1685–1763) and became the mother of Archibald Kennedy, who later became the 11th Earl of Cassilis.
  • Jacob Walter, who married Elizabeth Oliver.
  • Sara Walter, who married John Schuyler.

Walters died in 1733.[4]


  1. ^ Caliendo, Ralph J. (2010). New York City Mayors. Xlibris. p. 78. ISBN 9781450088152. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  2. ^ The Green Book - Mayors of the City of New York Archived 2012-05-14 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Goodfriend, Joyce D. (1994). Before the Melting Pot: Society and Culture in Colonial New York City, 1664-1730. Princeton University Press. p. 58. ISBN 9780691037875. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Robert Walters, Judge of the NY Supreme Court of Judicature, 1701-1702; 1718-1733". The Historical Society of the New York Courts. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  5. ^ Greater New York, Its Government: Financial Institutions, Transportation Facilities, and Chronology. 1898. p. 32. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  6. ^ Lamb, Martha J. (2017). History of the City of New York, Volume 1. Jazzybee Verlag. p. 579. ISBN 9783849649616. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  7. ^ Bielinski, Stefan. "Elizabeth Walters Wendell". New York State Museum. Retrieved 6 August 2019.