This playground in East Flatbush, the avenue to its north, and a nearby high school all owe their name to Samuel Jones Tilden (1814-1886), lawyer, governor, and candidate for President. Tilden was born on February 9, 1814 in New Lebanon, in Columbia County, New York. As an undergraduate, he studied at both Yale College and the University of the City of New York (now New York University), and he graduated from Yale in 1837. In 1838 Tilden enrolled as a law student at the University of the City of New York. Although he probably did not graduate from that institution, he was awarded an honorary L.L.B. by Yale University in 1875. Admitted to the bar in 1841, Tilden practiced law in New York City. His high-profile clients included more than half the railway corporations north of the Ohio and between the Hudson and Missouri Rivers.