The Angelica Schuyler Church Quiz

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Angelica Schuyler Church was the oldest daughter of what general?

Angelica was born in Albany, New York, to Continental Army Gen. Philip Schuyler and Catherine Van Rensselaer Schuyler.

Angelica Schuyler Church's mother, Catherine Van Rensselaer Schuyler, was a descendant of Kiliaen van Rensselaer, one of the founders of what 17th-century colonial province?

Catherine was a descendent of the founders of New Netherland, the Dutch colony whose capital of New Amsterdam became New York City when it was overtaken by the British in 1664.

True or false: In 1777, at the age of 21, Angelica Schuyler eloped with John Barker Church.

Angelica was afraid her father would not approve of the marriage.

Who was Angelica Schuyler Church's sister Elizabeth married to?

Elizabeth married Alexander Hamilton.

After the Revolutionary War, John Barker Church was a U.S. envoy to what country?

Church was a U.S. envoy to France. Angelica and John lived in Paris from 1783 to 1785.

What Founding Father of the United States did Angelica Schuyler Church befriend while living in Paris?

While in France, Angelica developed a deep friendship with Benjamin Franklin, who was then U.S. ambassador to France.

Despite being married to other women, what two Founding Fathers were romantically drawn to Angelica Schuyler Church?

Despite being married to her sister Elizabeth, Alexander Hamilton corresponded with Angelica for years. Thomas Jefferson, who was married to Martha Jefferson, did too.

Detailed letters between Angelica Schuyler Church and Thomas Jefferson still survive and are held where?

An extensive collection between Jefferson and Church is kept at the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress.

What other U.S. institution holds a collection of letters between Angelica Schuyler Church and both Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton?

The University of Virginia is home to the Church archive, which includes letters from Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, as well as other Church family members.

True or false: The letters were of particular interest to University of Virginia because Alexander Hamilton founded the university.

The university was interested in the letters because of their link to Thomas Jefferson, who founded the University of Virginia in 1819.

Who said, "If you were as generous as the old Romans, you would lend him to me for a little while"?

That was in a letter from Angelica to her sister Elizabeth, referencing Elizabeth's husband Alexander Hamilton. Whether Elizabeth took it as sisterly banter or something more serious is not known.

How much did the University of Virginia pay members of Angelica Schuyler Church's family in 1996 for the series of letters that now make up the Church archive?

The University of Virginia paid members of Angelica's family $275,000 for a series of letters between her and Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette.

True or false: Angelica Schuyler Church attended the inauguration of George Washington in 1789.

As the daughter of a famous Revolutionary War general, she was invited to attend President Washington's inauguration.

To repay John Barker Church for helping fund the Revolutionary War, the newly formed United States gave his family 100,000 acres of land on the western side of what state?

The land was located in Genesee and Allegany counties, along the Genesee River in New York.

True or false: The Churches' son Philip named the new town Angelica and it is still there today.

Angelica is the oldest town in Allegany County, New York.

Who said, "Could he paint my friendship to you, it would be something out of the common line" in a letter to Angelica Schuyler Church?

That was Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Angelica from Paris, dated Aug. 17, 1788.

True or false: Angelica Schuyler Church and Alexander Hamilton wrote some of their correspondences in code.

In a 1787 correspondence, the two devised a plan to write in code and used it to speak of their romantic feelings.

How many children did Angelica Schuyler Church and John Barker Church have?

The couple is said to have had eight children.

What American artist painted Angelica Schuyler Church's portrait, entitled "Mrs. John Barker Church"?

American artist John Trumbull was a close friend of John Church. In 1784 he met Angelica in London, where he was a member of the social elite. He painted her portrait, as well as portraits of Alexander Hamilton and George Washington.

What is the name of the home that Angelica Schuyler Church and John Barker Church built in New York?

The stone-and-brick federal-style mansion is known as Belvidere.

What year was Belvidere listed on the National Register of Historic Places?

The home, built in 1804 from plans attributed to famed architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

In 1804, Angelica Schuyler Church's brother-in-law and romantic interest Alexander Hamilton died as a result of a duel with whom?

Alexander Hamilton was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr. His son Philip was killed three years earlier in a duel with George I. Eacker.

When did Angelica Schuyler Church die?

Angelica passed away in New York City on March 13, 1814, at the age of 58.

What smash Broadway hit tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and the Schuyler sisters?

The Broadway hit "Hamilton" won the 2016 Grammy award for best musical theater album, a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation and the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.

True or false: Hamilton features hip-hop and rhythm and blues-inspired music and a racially diverse cast.

The music is a mashup of rap, hip-hop and traditional Broadway tunes, and none of the actors who play Aaron Burr, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are white.

The show "Hamilton" was inspired by the 2004 biography "Alexander Hamilton" by what historian?

The 2004 biography was written by historian Rob Chernow.

What Broadway actor stars in the role of Angelica Schuyler in "Hamilton"?

Renee Elise Goldsberry plays Angelica Schuyler. Jasmine Cephas Jones plays the role of Peggy Schuyler and Phillipa Soo plays Eliza Hamilton.

True or false: Lin-Manuel Miranda not only stars as Alexander Hamilton in the Broadway musical, he also wrote and composed it.

This is true!

What songs does Angelica sing in the Broadway musical "Hamilton"?

Angelica's character sings "Satisfied" and "The Schuyler Sisters."

True or false: The "Hamilton" cast album had the highest debut for any Broadway cast album since 1963, hitting No. 12 and selling more than 50,000 copies its first week.

Angelica, Alexander and their cast members hit gold with this one!

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Angelica Schuyler Church was an American socialite with a rich history and ties to Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about Church's story.

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