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History of the Lenox Family

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The Banville Law personal injury lawyers in Lenox Hill, NY, would like to share the Lenox Hill founding family history.

Lenox Hill, NY

Lenox Hill is located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, east of Park Avenue. The neighborhood is just over 511 acres and has a population of 80,771 combined with its neighbor, Roosevelt Island.

Robert Lenox

Born in 1759 in Scotland, Robert Lenox had ten siblings. He migrated to America with his brothers, David and William, just before the Revolutionary War. He initially lived with an uncle, David Sproat, in Philadelphia. Sproat was a merchant that later joined the British Army. Robert's two brothers would join the military, but he would stay back and marry in 1783. He and his wife, Rachel Carmer, had twelve children, but many passed away at a young age, leaving only six to grow up to adults. The Lenox would have only one son that survived, James Lenox.

In 1783, Robert moved to New York and purchased 30 acres in the present-day Lenox Hill area. The New York & Harlem Railroad formed the eastern border of Lenox Farm. Robert would pass away in 1839 and leave his property to his only son, James Lenox, along with a wealthy inheritance of over a million dollars.

James Lenox

James Lenox was born on August 19, 1900. He had his father, Robert Lenox, a wealthy merchant, and his mother's father, a cabinet maker. James inherited wealth along with the land that would become Lennox Hill. However, he was not a stranger to hard work, and after graduating with a law degree from Columbia College, he passed the bar.

James traveled often and began to collect rare books and art. His love for books ignited his interest in building the Lenox Library, where he would become its first president. His extensive collection of rare books and bibles outnumbered any other collection and were estimated to be worth about a million dollars. Some can be seen today at the New York Public Library.

James would be named the third richest man in New York in 1855, among 19 millionaires. He died without ever getting married in 1880 and was buried in the New York City Marble Cemetary.

Lenox Hill Legacy

The Lenox family legacy remains in the area. Although the Lenox Library, designed for James Lenox by Richard Morris Hunt, would be demolished in 1912, the collection remains near the New York Public Library.

The Lenox Hospital on 77th Street is still servicing the residents since brandishing the Lenox name in 1918. Formerly the German Hospital, the name was changed in an effort to separate from the enemies of World War I despite over 95% of the hospital workers speaking German.

Today the average household income is $92,219, and the area is home to many luxury residences along with the following retail amenities:

  • boutiques
  • art galleries
  • performing arts centers

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: April 7, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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