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About Robert Macomb
Robert was the youngest of 8 children when his family moved from Detroit to New York City in 1885. Their large home was built at #7 Broadway (now #39) and became the residence of Pres. Washington from Feb 1790-July 1790. Robert graduated from Columbia College in 1802 and received a master of arts degree 3 years later. He became a lawyer and served as clerk of the Court of General Sessions at New York from 1811-1813 and from 1815-1817. He held the rank of Lt. Colonel during the War of 1812, serving as an aide to Gov. Tompkins of NY.
In 1813, Robert petitioned the NY State Legislature for permission to build a dam across the Harlem River, from Bussing's Point to Devoe Point, that would transform the waters into a mill pond to furnish power. A causeway and a bridge were erected. Several schemes ensued without success. By 1828, NY Hydraulic owned Macomb's Dam.* It continued its controversial and tempestuous history for many years. "The Story of the Bronx", Stephen Jenkins, 1912