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Girard, Stephen, 1750-1831

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1750 - 1831

Stephen Girard (May 20, 1750 – December 26, 1831; born Étienne Girard) was a French and naturalized American, philanthropist and banker. He personally saved the U.S. government from financial collapse during the War of 1812, and became one of the wealthiest people in America, estimated to have been the fourth richest American of all time, based on the ratio of his fortune to contemporary GDP Childless, he devoted much of his fortune to philanthropy, particularly the education and welfare of orphans.

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Joseph Bonaparte, King of Spain letter

Mss 817227
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 817227
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