The Life and Times of Stephen Girard, Mariner and Merchant - Vol. 1

The Life and Times of Stephen Girard, Mariner and Merchant - Vol. 1

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The Life and Times of Stephen Girard, Mariner and Merchant - Vol. 1

The Life and Times of Stephen Girard, Mariner and Merchant - Vol. 1

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Stephen Girard by will bequeathed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania $300,000 and to the City of Philadelphia cash and real estate amounting in 1831 to over$6,000,000. Never before had a private citizen of the United States bequeathed so vast a sum for the public good. By careful management the invested capital of the various trust funds created by his will now amounts to over $32,700,000. Despite the great benefit the City has received from the income of these trust funds, and the community from the education of orphan boys in the College, no biography of Stephen Girard has hitherto been written, although he has been 86 years in his grave. A few sketches have been published, and a book by Stephen Simpson was issued immediately after the death of Girard in 1831. The author was one time a clerk inGirard's Bank, and, disappointed and disgruntled because he was not made cashier, avenged himself by writing a biography, false by deliberate intent and by lack of information.

Material for the story of the life of Girard as mariner, merchant and banker is abundant. The Girard manuscripts number more than 50,000 pieces. Of these, 14,000are contained in his office letter books and represent his side of a voluminous correspondence. Some 36,000 are letters from his captains, supercargoes, agents, correspondents in every seaport of Europe from Petrograd to Trieste, in China, in the East Indies, in San Domingo and the West Indies, in South American ports, from correspondents in our own country and from bankers inEurope, Great Britain and at home. The remainder of the . . .

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