The subject was the son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Weld) Stevens of Boston. He was a participant in the Boston Tea Party in 1773, and served in the Continental Army. Promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1778 he served under Lafayette at Yorktown. After the Revolution, Stevens became a successful merchant in New York City. He was elected to the state assembly in 1800 and was a founder of the Tammany Society. This miniature was a gift to the Society from his grandson.
Bequest of John Austin Stevens II, through May Morris Stevens and Abby Weld Stevens
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