Stephen Augustus Dubois was born in Rhinebeck,
Dutchess Co., N. Y., on the 21st of January, 1804. His ancestors were
originally French Huguenots, who settled in Holland, whence, about the
middle of the seventeenth century, they emigrated to America; some of them
settling on the Hudson at Kingston and Rhinebeck, in which latter place the
subject of this notice was born and was a merchant for many years. The
earlier part of his life, up to forty-seven years of age, was spent at
Rhinebeck, where he took a prominent part in the general affairs of the
village an community, being in the general affairs of the village and
community, being one of the principal founders of the academy, and
supporters of the Reformed Dutch church at that place.
On the 8th
of December, 1830, Mr. DuBois was untied in marriage to Rachel A. Schryver,
In 1851 he
removed to Hudson, N. Y, where he resided till the time of his death, and
was a successful financier and banker. In 1855 he first became
connected with the Hudson River Bank as a director, and subsequently, on the
retirement of Judge Barnard, was chosen its president, which office he held
during the remainder of his life. In his capacity of director and
president of the bank he was tireless in his endeavors to promote its
was a man of scrupulous honesty and integrity. He aided many men in
their business by loaning them money on liberal terms, never exacting usury,
but often taking less than legal interest. Possessing ample pecuniary
resources, he was in his own way, and without caring to have his
benefactions made public, liberal towards every proper object which
commended itself to his sympathies and judgment. He was seldom, if
ever, called upon in vain for aid to any worthy charity. He was
warm-hearted and enduring in his friendship, kind and affectionate in his
family, and courteous and agreeable in his social and business intercourse.
For these and other excellent qualities he was highly esteemed and respected
by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
life of Mr DuBois was passed at Rhinebeck and Hudson, except that in the
year 1869 he spent six months in Europe. Joining his son, his only
child, who had been studying in Paris, he visited Holland, Belgium,
Switzerland, afterwards making a tour through England, Scotland, and
Ireland, and returning home in November of that year. This was a great
event in his quiet life, and one which he fully enjoyed.
died on the 31st day of December, 1869, and his remains were laid by the
side of his beloved wife, in the family lot at Rhinebeck.