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Astor, Jacob, 1763-1848



  • Existence: 1763 - 1848

John Jacob Astor (born Johann Jakob Astor; July 17, 1763 – March 29, 1848) was a German–American businessman, merchant, real estate mogul, and investor who made his fortune mainly in a fur trade monopoly, by smuggling opium into China, and by investing in real estate in or around New York City. He is known for being the first multi-millionaire businessman of the United States.

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Albert Gallatin letter

Mss 826318
Identifier: Mss 826318
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