Francis Redding Tillou
|Recorder of New York City|
|Preceded by||James M. Smith, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Frederick A. Tallmadge|
|Died||July 10, 1865 (aged 69–70)|
Edgewater, New Jersey
Caroline M. Drake
(m. after 1822)
|Relatives||Joseph Rodman Drake (brother-in-law)|
Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls (nephew)
|Occupation||Philanthropist, Children's Village co-founder|
Tillou lived at a country estate which he named "Tillietudlem", in a place then known as Pleasant Valley in Hackensack Township, Bergen County, New Jersey. The house stood where now the Edgewater Public Library is located, at the corner of Undercliff and Hudson Ave. in Edgewater, New Jersey.
On March 1, 1849, Tillou was granted the right to run a ferry-boat service from his estate's landing on the Hudson River to New York City. The landing was located approximately at the place of the present-day Edgewater Marina and Ferry Stop. He ran a law practice with Francis B. Cutting (1804–1870), known as Tillou & Cutting.
In November 1851, Tillou was elected on the Democratic ticket Recorder of New York City, and remained in office from 1852 until the end of 1854, serving under Mayors, Ambrose C. Kingsland and Jacob A. Westervelt. In November 1854, Tillou was nominated on the Municipal Reform and the Temperance tickets for re-election, but was defeated by James M. Smith, Jr. who had been nominated jointly by Hard and Soft Democrats, while most other offices were won by the Whigs, defeating the split Democrats.
On February 15, 1822, he married Caroline M. "Cara" Drake (ca. 1793). His wife was a sister of Joseph Rodman Drake (1795-1820), the poet, and Louisa Hannah Drake (a sister of Caroline and Joseph Rodman Drake), who was married to Thomas Clark Nicholls. Louis and Thomas were the parents of Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls, the Governor of Louisiana who was named after his uncle-by-marriage. Fitz-Greene Halleck, an usher at their wedding, wrote "A Valentine" for her on the eve of their wedding, which was later printed in 1872. Together, they were the parents of:
- Charles Graham Tillou (1825–1891), who married Sarah Condit (1824–1894), daughter of Stephen Condit (1791–1835).
- Edward Tillou (d. 1915)
- Julia Tillou (1837–1910), who married Gouverneur Kemble, Jr. (1835–1898), a nephew of Gouverneur Kemble (1786–1875), on January 11, 1860.
- Alice Tillou (1840–1905), who married Oscar Smedberg (1837–1877) on June 12, 1860.
- Francis R. Tillou, Jr.
In 1846, he was purported to be worth $150,000.
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- Drawing of "Tillietudlem", showing the ferry landing in the foreground at Historical Map Works
Frederick A. Tallmadge
| Recorder of New York City
James M. Smith, Jr.