Biography of Stephen Augustus DuBois


History of Columbia County, New York

By Captain Franklin Ellis

Published by Everts & Ensign

Philadelphia, PA



Pages  209 & 210


      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, of Rhinebeck.

     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 welfare.

     Mr. DuBois 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.

     The entire 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.

     Mr. DuBois 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.