Edward LeMoyne Heydecker
June 12, 1863 (3:00am)-February 10, 1914
(ashes buried at Greenwood Cemetery)
m. Catharine Paxson Darlington 1860-January 1, 1956 m. April 25, 1889
Attended M. W. Lyons School for four years (8-12), then entered Columbia Grammar
School. Graduated "Head of School" in June, 1879. Entered Columbia College and
graduated with A.B. 1883. He completed Law School and the School of Political Science with
an A.M. in 1884, and LL.B. in 1885.
He entered the offices of Coudert Brothers until he began an independent practice in
November of 1887. He married Catherine Paxson Darlington in West Chester, PA on April 25,
1889. He left NY for Philadelphia in November of 1891 and remained there until March,
1895. He then entered the office of Read & Petit, and was also Trust Officer for
Citizen's Trust & Surety Company. Edward resumed his law practice again, in NYC, in
1895. He then moved to 137 Franklin St., Mount Vernon, NY in 1901.
He abandoned his law practice for the last time in 1901 to enter the services of
Northwestern Mutual Life insurance Company and continued at that until July 1, 1907, when
Edward became the Assistant Tax Commissioner in the Department of Taxes and Assessments.
Previous to his appointment as Assistant Tax Commissioner, he became well known throughout
the country as the editor of the General Laws and textbooks. His appointment was made
because he became recognized as an authority of high standing on the theory and practice
of taxation. During his incumbency of the assistant Commissionership, he was largely
responsible for the foundation of the National Tax Association and later the National Tax
Conference. He was the author of many reports which have influenced the administration of
tax laws all over the country.
Edward also invented a method of making inexpensive tax maps, which have been put into
standard use in many states. While a lawyer of much technical knowledge, he was actuated
throughout his life by a deep conviction concerning human rights, and it was the social
and not the legal aspect of legislation that most interested him. He was widely regarded
as a learned man and scholar, not as a businessman. Finances were frequently a problem,
but in his last years, he lived comfortably, and it is believed without financial worries.
He died of cancer of the throat and tongue in his 51st year.
- Creagh Mitchell Heydecker
August 1, 1896- Died of a form of encephalitis.
- Edward Creagh Heydecker 1893-1893
- Wayne Darlington Heydecker
Catharine Paxton Darlington
Catharine's grandfather was Joseph Jackson Lewis, mentor of Abraham Lincol, and one of
the originators of the Republican Party. It is rumoured that he told Mrs. Lincoln that he
would be unable to attend the theatre due to having too much work on the fateful night of
the assassination. In one of his letters to Catharine's mother he said that Mr. Lincoln
was "very pale and lacked stamina".