One hundred and twenty years ago on the eve of Washington’s Birthday, February 21, 1822, in the village of Red Hook, New York, about 20 miles north of Hyde Park, the home of President Roosevelt, Robert Wilson Shufeldt first disturbed the quiet country village with his lusty wails. Young Shufeldt was the son of George Adam Shufeldt, a prominent lawyer, and Mary Wilson, the sister of Commander Steven Bayard Wilson, U. S. Navy. The family, headed by George Shufeldt, came to America from Holland in 1710, during the great Palatinate emigration.
Rear Admiral Robert Wilson Shufeldt, U. S. Navy, Gentleman and Diplomat
By Captain A. S. Hickey, U. S. Navy