Trinity Church

New York
NY

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QUICK FACTS
  • Following his inauguration at Federal Hall (30-Apr-1789) President Washington attended Thanksgiving service, presided over by Bishop Provoost, at St. Paul’s Chapel, a chapel of the Parish of Trinity Church. He continued to attend services there until the second Trinity Church was finished in 1790.
  • St. Paul’s Chapel is currently part of the Parish of Trinity Church and is the oldest public building in continuous use in New York City.
BURIED AT TRINITY

Trinity Churchyard

  • Lord Stirling (1726–1783), Major General
  • Horatio Gates (1727–1806), Major General
  • Alexander Hamilton (1755–1804)
  • Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (1757–1854), Alexander Hamilton’s wife and daughter of General Philip Schuyler
  • Albert Gallatin (1761–1849), fourth U.S. Treasury Secretary
  • Robert Fulton (1765–1815), inventor

St. Paul’s Chapel Churchyard

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Destroyed by fire in 1776, the second Trinity Church was consecrated in 1790. The graveyard is the burial ground for several patriots, including Alexander Hamilton.

No man ever loved Massachusetts with greater intensity than did [Massachusetts Royal Governor] Thomas Hutchinson. He had written her history, fought for her boundaries, re-established her currency, seen to it that her courts and judicial system were kept to a high standard. He had honestly believed in the centralization of power, and that the centre should be in London. The side which won did not, and yet their grandchildren (two of Paul Revere’s among them) were to be dying within a century for the centralization of power in the Federal Government. Hutchinson lost everything by backing the wrong system at the wrong time.... Yet if the other side had won, Thomas Hutchinson would undoubtedly be regarded as one of our great patriots.

Esther Forbes
Paul Revere & The World He Lived In (1942)