Born in 1734, Catherine Schuyler grew up to become the grande dame of Albany. As her husband went off to fight for freedomand their livesit fell to Catherine to manage the household, raise the children, and protect them from the attacks of both the Indians and British. Whether it was providing food for the billeted soldiers, defending against an Indian attack, even setting fire to her family's own fields as the British approached, she faced life with determination and courage.
Catherine Schuyler was at the epicenter of the social life of Albany, entertaining such distinguished guests such as George Washington, Ben Franklin, and British General Burgoyne. She was the mother of 15 children, eight of whom survived including Elizabeth Schuyler, who married Alexander Hamilton. In Catherine Schuyler: A Woman of the Revolution, author Mary Humphreys, a journalist and women's rights activist, provides a compelling and well-rounded look at Catherine's rich and fascinating life.
Catherine Schuyler was a woman of strength and elegance who served her country and her family in equal measure.