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Philip VAN CORTLANDT
American surveyor, landowner, and politician from Westchester County, New York
Source : Tim DOWLING
He was born in New York City and was a member of one of New York's most prominent families. His great-grand-father was Stephanus Van Cortlandt, the first native-born Mayor of New York City, and his family were the patroons of Van Cortlandt Manor.
Philip Van Cortlandt attended Coldenham Academy. In addition to exercising manorial rights while assisting in the management of the manor's farming and manufacturing activities, Philip Van Cortlandt was a civil engineer, and became active in politics as a founding member of the New York Provincial Congress in 1775.