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Jacob Westervelt

Jacob Aaron Westervelt (1800-?) was a shipbuilder[?] in the mid-1800s, and a mayor of New York City 1853 - 1855.

He was born in Bergen County, New Jersey, and went to sea at an early age, but was then apprenticed to the shipbuilder Christian Bergh[?]. When Bergh retired in 1833 (or 1835?), he left the business to his two sons, Westervelt, and Richard Carnley[?], and later Westervelt bought out the partners to become sole owner. Later he partered with a MacKay (not to be confused with Donald McKay[?]) to form "Westervelt & MacKay", and still later with his sons Daniel[?] and Aaron[?].

His shipyard produced United States Navy ships such as the screw sloop[?] USS Brooklyn, and many other steamships[?], and also clipper ships, such as the Hornet[?], N.B. Palmer[?], Sweepstakes[?], and Contest[?].

By 1856 he had retired.

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