Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Quackenbush's As Politicians

Since it is currently the political season (sort of) here in the United States, I thought it would be interesting to look back into history and see how many Quackenbush's became politicians. I happened on a website called "The Political Graveyard" A database of American History. Naturally, I looked up Quackenbush and to my surprise several popped up so I thought I would share them with you.

Quackenbos (Quackenbosch), Henry — of Albany County, N.Y. Member of New York state assembly from Albany County, 1779-80. Burial location unknown (Actually he's buried in the Albany Rural Cemetery).

Quackenboss, Abraham J. — of Prattsburg, Steuben County, N.Y. Member of New York state assembly from Steuben County 1st District, 1849. Burial location unknown.

Quackenboss, Daniel G. — of Greene County, N.Y. Member of New York state assembly from Greene County, 1841. Burial location unknown.

Quackenboss, Daniel G. — of Lenawee County, Mich. Democrat. Member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1848, 1850, 1853-54 (Lenawee County 1848, 1850, Lenawee County 1st District 1853-54); Speaker of the Michigan State House of Representatives, 1853-54. Burial location unknown.

Quackenboss, Herman I. — of Delaware County, N.Y.; Greene County, N.Y. Member of New York state assembly, 1825, 1830 (Delaware County 1825, Greene County 1830); member of New York state senate 3rd District, 1831-34. Burial location unknown.

Quackenbush, Alvin J. — of Schenectady, Schenectady County, N.Y. Democrat. Member of New York state assembly from Schenectady County, 1891-93; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1892. Burial location unknown.

Quackenbush, Cebra — of Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Mass. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1876. Burial location unknown.

Quackenbush, Charles (b. 1954) — also known as Chuck Quackenbush — Born in 1954. Republican. Member of California state assembly 22nd District, 1986-94; California insurance commissioner, 1995-2000; resigned 2000; news media in 2000 reported that he had received large campaign contributions from the insurance companies his office regulated; rather than fine companies who underpaid claims following the 1994 Northridge earthquake, he persuaded them to donate to an "educational fund" which promoted his own political ambitions; under threat of impeachment and recall, he resigned, and left office in July 2000. Still living as of 2000.

Quackenbush, Jesse — Democrat. Candidate for Texas state house of representatives 87th District, 2002. Still living as of 2002

Quackenbush, John Adam (1828-1908) — also known as John A. Quackenbush — of Rensselaer County, N.Y. Born in New York, 1828. Republican. Member of New York state

assembly from Rensselaer County 2nd District, 1863; U.S. Representative from New York 18th District, 1889-93; defeated, 1892. Died in 1908 (age about 80 years). Interment at City Cemetery, Schaghticoke, N.Y.

Quackenbush, Lee — of Bedford, Lawrence County, Ind. Mayor of Bedford, Ind., 1959. Still living as of 1959.

Quackenbush, Louis G. (d. 1935) — of Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Democrat. Mayor of Salamanca, N.Y., 1934-35; died in office 1935. Died in 1935. Burial location unknown.

Quackenbush, Margaret Thompson (b. 1906) — also known as Margaret T. Quackenbush — of Herkimer, Herkimer County, N.Y. Born in Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., December 18, 1906. Republican. Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1944; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1944 (alternate), 1964; member of New York Republican State Executive Committee, 1945. Female. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.

Quackenbush, Peter — of Paterson, Passaic County, N.J. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1904. Burial location unknown.

Quackenbush, Robert L. — Republican. Member of Wisconsin state assembly 92nd District; elected 1974. Still living as of 1974.

Quackenbush, Samuel E. — of Corning, Steuben County, N.Y. Member of New York state assembly from Steuben County 1st District, 1917-19. Burial location unknown.

Quackenbush, William — of Madison County, N.Y. Socialist. Candidate for New York state assembly from Madison County, 1933; candidate for New York state senate 39th District, 1934. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.

Quackenbush, William M. — of Amarillo, Potter County, Tex. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988; Presidential Elector for Texas, 1992. Still living as of 1992.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Administrative Change

Effective immediately, All Things Quackenbush will be published once a week on Wednesday at 1 PM, with the next story being published tomorrow, March 24. This is in response to demands being placed on us all by the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic. I conducted an inventory this morning and discovered that I currently have 24 stories completed and ready to be publish, 11 stories that I need to complete for publishing, and a ton of eBooks that need to be added to the website so they are available for download by you. Add to this the need to research new stories for the future and that this is a one person shop and you begin to get the idea that balancing family, civic, and social demands as related to this pandemic makes it very difficult.

Thank you so much for your continued support for All Things Quackenbush and your understanding. Stay safe, stay well, be socially responsible. We will get through this and come out better for it.

Will Quackenbush

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Famous Kin Of Maria Quackenbush

Maria Quackenbush lived from 1753/54 until 1852. She was the daughter of Anthony Quackenbush and Anna Vosburgh. She is most noted for being the grandmother of Hannah Hoes who became the wife of the 8th President of the United States of America, Martin Van Buren.

The lineage goes like this:

Husband: Anthony Quackenbush
Wife: Anna Vosburgh
Daughter: Maria Quackenbush

Husband: Johannes Dirckensen
Wife: Maria Quackenbush
Daughter: Hannah Hoes

Husband: Martin Van Buren; 8th President of the U.S.
Wife: Hannah Hoes

Here in the United States our population is over 325 million people. However, back in the days of Maria Quackenbush there was about five million people, so it was much more probable you you were related to someone famous. The following are some famous people related to Maria Quackenbush and through Maria, related to you.

Martin Van Buren - 8th President of the United States
Martin was a third cousin via Jan Tyssen Hoes

Hannah (Hoes) Van Buren
Granddaughter of Maria Quackenbush and wife of the 8th of U. S, , Martin Van Buren

Herman Melville
The author of the classic "Moby Dick"
Herman was a 2nd cousin, 2 times removed through Sybrant Van Schiack

Theodore Roosevelt - 26th President of the United States
Teddy was a 2nd cousin, 4 times removed via Cornellis Gysbertse Van Den Bergh

Eleanor Roosevelt
First Lady of Franklin D, Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States
Eleanor was a 2nd cousin, 5 times removed via Cornellis Gysbertse Van Den Bergh

Ken Burns
Documentary Filmmaker
3rd cousin, 6 times removed via Goosen Gerritse Van Schiack

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Quackenbush History Up For Sale

A search of online sales at auction houses and sales sites like Amazon and bid to buy sites have turned up the following items related to Quackenbush for sale.

Cowan's Auctions 

Lot 233 Rear Admiral Stephen Platt Quackenbush Archive, 2006, Fall Americana, Nov. 16 & 17 lot of 30, including includes an outstanding 3/4-length seated quarter plate daguerreotype image of Mexican War era Midshipman S.P. Quackenbush, mounted in original leather covered wood cast, PLUS 3 autographed Presidential Military Appointments all on vellum, appointing S.P. Quackenbush to Captain, signed by U.S. Grant, 1871, PLUS appoint to rank of Commodore signed by R.B. Hayes, 1880, PLUS appointment to rank of Rear-Admiral, signed by Chester A. Arthur, 1884, all 15.75" x 19.5", PLUS a family cdv album with three military views, Quackenbush’s 1880s blue undress cap with hat insignia and single shoulder strap with silver star and two anchors denoting Commodore, an original unsigned pencil drawing with caption depicting the destruction of Quackenbush’s ship USS Patapsco in Charleston Harbor on January 15, 1865, four sequential Navy Department documents appointing Quackenbush to the rank of Commander (1866), Captain (1871), Commodore (1880), and Rear Admiral (1884), a 1884 biographical sketch with photograph from Quackenbush’s MOLLUS (Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States) installation in the District of Columbia Commandery (Insignia No. 3137), and a three page typed summary of Quackenbush’s “record of service” compiled by the navy “Chief of Bureau” shortly after the admiral’s death in 1890. The cdv album contains at least one pencil identified view of “Lt. Commander S.P. Quackenbush” in Civil War uniform with two military shots of another unidentified navy lieutenant commander that resembles Quackenbush, presumably his brother John N. Quackenbush, among 37 civilian portraits of family members. This lot also includes 16 other cased images from the Quackenbush family6, including 9 daguerreotypes, 3 ambrotypes and 3 tintypes.

Stephen Platt Quackenbush was the proverbial “old salt” having joined the navy as acting midshipman in February 1840. The next twenty years were spent in routine service aboard a succession of mail packets and steam frigates interspersed with coast survey duties, extended leave, and “waiting orders.” The outbreak of Civil War found Lieutenant Quackenbush aboard the ill-fated USS Congress but the Navy’s rapid expansion soon put even junior officers into command billets. During the early part of the war Quackenbush commanded the Delaware, Unadilla, and Pequot in wide ranging littoral operations supporting McClellan’s army on the Peninsula to combat at Elizabeth City, New Berne, and Winton, North Carolina.

While in command of the Pequot on the James River Quackenbush was severely wounded at Malvern Hill loosing his right leg. Aboard the steam gunboat Unadilla in 1863 his ship captured the blockade runner Princess Royal containing Confederate naval stores including English built machinery destined for a rebel ironclad then under construction.

Now a lieutenant commander, Quackenbush took command of the ironclad Patapsco in 1864 and while reconnoitering Charleston harbor for obstructions hit a Confederate torpedo which sank the warship “in twenty seconds.” The anonymous drawing kept by Quackenbush shows the bow section of Patapsco engulfed in the explosion that sank her. Quackenbush then commanded the Mingo until the end of the war.

With the cessation of hostilities the mighty US Navy was quickly sold-off and decommissioned beginning in 1865 and the return of mundane peacetime duties ushered in a sad era of technological decline and backward thinking. The aging Quackenbush held a series of minor sea-going commands spending considerably more time in obligatory shore billets on “equipment duty” and as “inspector of supplies.”

Promoted to Commodore in 1880, Quackenbush took charge of the Pensacola Navy Yard and was promoted to Rear Admiral in July 1884 after nearly 44 years of continuous service. He was placed on the retired list in January 1885 and died in Washington, D.C. in February 1890.

The Quackenbush archive spanning five decades of war and peace is a fine snapshot of a dedicated career afloat.


The dag of S.P. Quackenbush has a few small brown spot and slight solar ring, still VG, most of the other dags have some problems, such as spots and solar rings, and range from G to VG, ambros are all VG-; most of the components of the archive are uniformly VG with the important pencil sketch about Good due to tears and loss of upper right corner.

Sold: $6,325.00
Price includes
Buyer's Premium

Regency Superior 


This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on: 8/11/2013

Legal-sized 'Operation Highjump' cover signed 'RE Byrd' as Rear Admiral, USN, 'R.H. Cruzen' as Rear Admiral, USN, R.S. Quackenbush, Jr. as Captain, USN Chief of Staff CTF 68 and 'T.R. Vogeley' as Commander, USN. Cover created for Antarctic Expedition, 1946-47, Task Force 68, postmarked 'U.S.S. Mount Olympus,' Feb 3, 1947, unaddressed. Polar explorer and Rear Adm RICHARD E. BYRD (1888-1957) was Officer in Charge, Rear Adm RICHARD H. CRUZEN was Commander of Task Force 68. The name 'Operation Highjump,' was given the United States Navy Antarctic Developments Project (1946-47), the largest Antarctic expedition ever organized. It consisted of some 13 ships and 4,700 men divided into 5 groups. The 'U.S.S. Olympus,' flagship of the operation, was responsible for communications. Very fine. From long-buried Ezra D. Cole stock.

Condition: C

Final Bid: $270.00

Raynors' Historical Collectible Auctions

Lot #25: Revolutionary War Naval Document

Partially printed and filled out in hand, “Certificate of Clearance, Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” 8” x 7-3/4,” certifies “That Ephraim Lombard Master of the Brigg Expedition ... given bond of twenty thousand pounds ... shall not be carried to or landed at any port under the dominion of the King of Great Britain ...registered at Boston the twenty third day of December, 1780...” the document is signed by Nat Barby, Naval Officer. The crew is listed as Eph Lombart and Benjamin Bartlett. Document split has been repaired from the back.

Final prices include buyers premium.:$237.00



Thursday, March 12, 2020

George H. Quackenbos - A Very Outstanding Police Officer

George H. Quackenbos, a graduate of Washington university, in St. Louis, is a member of the New York city police force. He recently brought himself into public notice by arresting a band of colored craps shooters, and the newspapers discovered that he was a man of striking individuality; a man with a history and by no means such a person as is ordinarily found doing duty as a patrolman. He has been a professor of Latin and Greek, is a linguist of note and belongs* to an old' Knickerbocker family.

"I became a policeman because I was tired of teaching deaf mutes," said Quackenbos the other day. "I thought that with the opportunities that would be afforded me for advancement under the rein of Mr. Roosevelt as police commissioner I would have no difficulty in getting ahead. I have a family to keep, and I shall stay in it for their sake, unless I get something much better. Then, too, I thought I would have enough spare time to continue writing for magazines and periodicals, but I find that I am kept busy doing some form of police duty all the time. The time is not ripe for me to work for promotion. When it is I hope to forge ahead. In the meanwhile, I am satisfied."

Quackenbos has been a professor of Latin and Greek and instructor in deaf mute institutions throughout the country, a physician, a hotel manager, an expert accountant and stenographer, a telegrapher, a poet, a magazine writer and a ranch man. He is the only son of Prof. George W. Quackenbos, formerly professor of Latin and Greek in Harvard University and later of the University of Chicago, but now in the LaSalle Institute in New York.

Quackenbos Was born in Chicago in and when about 7 years old moved with his parents to a ranch which his father had purchased at the junction of four counties In Kansas. The monotonous life of the ranch grew tiresome to the boy, who, when 10 years old, ran away to Osage City, Kansas, where he obtained a position as timekeeper In' a mine. During his spare time he loitered around the solitary telegraph office in the city, and obtained a knowledge of telegraphy, which afterward served him in good stead. While there, too, he picked up a deaf mute manual and became an expert in the sign language before he was 11 years old.

His parents, learning where he was. brought him back and sent him to school in St. Louis. He entered Washington university there and graduated with high honors. Then he took a supplementary course' at a business college. Longing to see the sights of the southwest, he then journeyed to New Mexico. There his love for excitement Was fully gratified. The miners of Socorro and the native New Mexicans, who retained many of the ancient customs* v/ere continually quarreling, and several on both c?ides had been killed In the numerous skirmishes. One day the natives waylaid the editor of the only paper printed in the town as he was coming from the door of the church and killed him with their knives. Quackenbos, with a party of miners, procured warrants for the murderers and compelled the sheriff of the county and his chief constable, who were New Mexicans themselves and sympathizers' with the murderers, to go to the place where the latter had taken refuge and read the warrants to them. After this had been done the miners placed dynamite cartridges around the shanty and blew the building up, with the fourteen men inside. Only a few fragments of the house or men remained.

Quackenbos left soon after that arid went to a ranch in Southern Texas. While on his way to Sari Antonio on one occasion Quackenbos was on a train that was stopped by robbers. There were only two passengers on the train, which carried special persons. Quackenbos opened fire on the robbers, and, with the aid of the train crew, put them to flight. He wounded two of the robbers.

Tiring of the west, he went to Chicago, where he obtained a position as an expert telegrapher. He left there to become instructor in accounting at a business college there. He remained there only one year, and Went to New York, where he was appointed instructor of the highest grade at the Westchester Institute for the Deaf and Dumb at Throgg's Neck, N. Y. While the Pan-American congress was in this country, at the Invitation of James G. Blaine, a commission was appointed by the ' president of the Venezuelan republic to obtain a competent man to take charge of the Government Institute for Deaf Mutes at Caracas. The commission, after a visit to the Westchester institute, unanimously recommended Quackenbos, who speaks Spanish as well as he does English. When he reached Caracas he found a revolution in progress and returned to this country.

While Governor Roosevelt was president of the New York police board and expressed a wish to have college graduates go on the force, Quackenbos decided to become a pollceman. It took him one hour to finish the examination, getting through two hours ahead of anyone else. He corrected the questions of the examiners, which he found to be wrong in several instances. He Was assigned to duty and has proved a model pollceman.

Frequently, while waiting for the arrival of the ambulance in accident cases he has afforded relief to sufferers, and on one occasion he rode several blocks off his post to argue the merits of the case with the surgeon. A story is told of him trahslatlng different passages from Latin and Greek text books for two Columbia college students, whom he met on the back of ah Amsterdam avenue car. He was in police uniform and they were astonished. "Where did you learn It?" they asked him. "Oh, on the police force," answered Quackenbos. He had in his possession deeds for $5,000,000 worth of property in Trinity place. Corlear's hook and other places downtown, which his ancestors allowed to be sold for taxes and which he intends to try to recover as soon as he can get money saved. Some of the property was deeded to his ancestors by King George.—St. Louis PostDispatch.

Source: Los Angeles Herald, Number 335, 31 August 1899

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Bill Quackenbush - The History of the Ho-Chunk People - Past, Present, and Future

This presentation is presented by Bill Quackenbush, a native American and Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.

The Ho Chunk People have remained and continue to remain one of the strongest indigenous Nations in the United States. This is because the Elders of the Nation are honored and their teachings have upheld throughout history.

Ho Chunk Elders say that history begins with the creation of all things on earth. They say that Ho Chunk means "People of the Big Voice," or "People of the Sacred Language." Ho Chunks have always occupied lands in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota. They have hunted, fished, and gathered plants to provide their food source. The land was sacred because through it the Creator provided all their needs: Food, Clothing, Lodging and the means or their culture to thrive in its existence.

The Ho Chunk people respected the land and took care to harvest from the land only what they needed and never with greed. They were a benevolent people. The people numbered in the thousands. The Clan Chiefs watched over their people and performed their clan duties with reverence and diligence, teaching their offspring to do the same.

Every member of the Nation has his or her place within the clan system and within the Nation. There was never any identity crisis in the old days, because children were reared in a very strict society with rigid guidelines and duties to perform on a daily basis. The People were rich with culture and pride to perform their duties well.

As Caretakers of the land, they moved as the food source did, and during seasons providing the plant life abundant to this region. Villages moved to conserve the area's resources. Eventually some of the Chiefs took their people south along the Mississippi and migrated to warmer climates. Thus we have some southern tribes that speak dialects of the Ho Chunk Language (e.g., Otoe, Ponca, and Iowa).