Silvester Tiffany


Printer and publisher Silvester Tiffany was a resident of Albany during the late 1780s and early 1790s. Perhaps he was born in August 1759.

In 1788, he was a boarder in a second ward home. His kinsman, Oliver Tiffany, lived there as well. In 1790, he was the head of a Pearl Street household that included seven family members and a slave. Also appearing on the census for the first ward was the household of Ezekiel Tiffany.

He was a printer and publisher. In 1793, he had an office at "Spencer's Book Store" in Albany. About that time, he also was the partner of William W. Wands.

During the 1790s, he published newspapers in Lansingburgh where he also had a book store.

His wife may have been Frances Davis Hopkins. Their daughter was christened in Albany in 1797. That couple also had at least a son named George Sylvester Tiffany who later lived in Central New York.

He may have been the Silvester Tiffany who was printing and publishing on the Niagara frontier about 1800.

biography very much in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Silvester Tiffany has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. It is presented here because its subject was an Albany householder in 1790. We seek defining demographic information.

first posted: 8/5/07; updated 11/10/11