Name

Alexander MacDougal

Career

Public life

Occupation 1

Mariner

Region

NA/Mid-Atlantic region

Era

Maritime Republic (1751-1815)

Born

1732

Died

1786

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Revolutionary leader in NYC, MacDougall came with his parents from Scotland at age 6, in 1738. He went to sea as a youth and eventually captained transatlantic ships. During the French and Indian War he engaged in two privateering voyages. Helater became a merchant in NYC and politically aligned himself with the Livingstons in provincial politics.

In the late 1760s he became actively engaged in the resistance to British policies and took a lead in opposing the Tea Act and calling for support of the Suffolk Resolves. During the revolutionary War, despite his nautical background, he served in several capacities in the Continental army.