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History of the St Andrew's Society of the State of New York
Biographies: David Hadden



Twenty-First President
1832-1835; 1837-1840.

The Twenty-first President of Saint Andrew’s Society was Mr. David Hadden, one of the leading merchants in the City of New York. He was the son of Alexander Hadden, Baillie of Aberdeen, and Elspet Young, having been born at Aberdeen, Scotland, on the 13th October, 1773, and died on the 3d June, 1856, at his residence in Lafayette Place, New York City, aged eighty-three years.

His family had been identified with the history of the county of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, from remote times, and he was the first of his name to come to the United States.

Mr. Hadden sailed from Liverpool on the 23d September, 1806, on the packet-ship New Guide, arriving at New York on the 18th November, 1806, after a voyage of nearly two months.

Shortly after reaching this country he established the business (house of David Hadden & Sons) in Pine Street, which had a long and prosperous career and at this time continues under the name of Hadden & Co., importers of raw silks and mattings.

Identifying himself with church and charitable work, Mr. Hadden served as Senior Warden of St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church from its organization until his death in 1856.

He was elected a member of Saint Andrew’s Society on 8th November, 1810, and admirably filled the important offices of Manager, 1823-1826; 1827-1828; First Vice-President, 1828-1832; and twice President, 1832-1835 and 1837-1840; besides serving as a member of the Committee of Accounts, 1841, 1843, 1853; and the Standing Committee, 1842; 1852.

A fitting tribute to his virtues as a man by one who was honored with his friendship and was a fellow member of the Society, is as follows:

“Mr. Hadden was a man of whom any society might have been justly proud. His mind, naturally acute and practical, was cultivated by early education and foreign travel; his judgment sound and discriminating; his manners cordial and unaffected: his principles pure and unbending; and his whole nature kind, generous and benevolent. As a merchant, he stood among the most eminent for industry and promptitude, as well as for unswerving uprightness and integrity.

After a long life of prosperity, usefulness and honor, he has been gathered to his fathers, leaving to his family the precious remembrance of his spotless name, and to us the lesson of his bright example.”

He married on the 16th May, 1809, at Flushing, Long Island, Ann Aspinwall, daughter of William Smith Aspinwall and Mary Bostwick, by whom he had issue: (1) Isabella, born 1810, who married Rev. Charles Jones; (2) William Alexander, born 1811; (3) Mary Aspinwall, born 1812; (4) Sarah Platt, born 1814; (5) Margaret Frances, born 1815; (6) Anna, bom 1816; (7) John Aspinwall, born 1818; (8) Eleanor, born 1820, who married Francis Jones, Jr.; (9) Laura, born 1822; (10) David James, born 1825; (n) Elizabeth Farquhar, born 1828.

The portrait of Mr. Hadden has been copied from an admirable oil painting now in the possession of his grandson, Mr. John A. Hadden, Jr.


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