Schuyler William Livingston, 74, a retired lawyer in Washington and Fairfax who came to Washington during the New Deal, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Alexandria Hospital.

Mr. Livington was born in Washington, Iowa. After graduating from Harvard College and then the Harvard Law School, he practiced in New York from 1929 to 1934.

He came to Washington in 1934 as a lawyer for the Reconstruction Finance Corp.He later was assistant general counsel of the Defense Plant Corp., a branch of the RFC that financed war production plants during World War II.

After 17 years with the federal government, Mr. Livingston entered private law practice in Washington and later in Fairfax. At his retirement in 1969 he was a partner in the firm of Boothe Pritchard & Dudley in Fairfax.

A resident of Seminary Hill in Alexandria for 40 years, he was a founder and former vestryman of the Immanuel Church-On-The-Hill in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Walton McCandlish, of the home; two daughters, Mary S. Petersen, of Fairfax, and Elizabeth S. Useem, of Newton, Mass.; a son, Schuyler William Jr., of Alexandria; a brother, David P., of Washington, Iowa; a sister, Mrs. Jerry Voorhis, of Claremont Calif., and Eight grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Immanuel Church-On-The Hill, or to the Harvard Law School 50th Anniversary Fund of the class of 1929.