Reverend Ed Chapin
Rev Thomas Starr King (1824-1864)
Robert Morris (1734-1806)
Rev Henry Beecher (1813-1887)
NY, self-educated, stonemason, canal engineering expert, then bridges in NYC, into steamships, then railroads in NYC and Staten Island ferry, demands quality construction, Know Nothings select him as VP with Fillmore in ’56, when SS George Law sinks with $2million in gold it provokes Panic of 1857.
Pope Pius IX (Catholic)
Roger Willliams (Baptist)
Born in Brooklyn, NY, baptized Catholic, enters seminary at 11, four years later back to mother’s farm, decides on priesthood ’34, 1st native New Yorker to join, vicar of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, to Rome for 3 years, parish priest, Bishop of Albany ’47, sets up parishes and recruits priests, Archbishop of NY ’64, first American Cardinal ’75 by Pius IX, builds new St. Patricks and the entire church in New York.
Samuel Morse (1791-1872)
(telegraph plus code)
Wilbur Fisk (Methodist)
Archbishop McCloskey (1810-1885)
Brigham Young (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Founder who works with Hamilton to set up the American economy and the financial system, including his crucial "Bank of North America."
Elias Howe (1819-1867)
Born in Massachusetts, $250,000 fortune by age 33 via paper mfr business, shifts focus to telegraphy in 1854 (Morse invents in 1837), forms American Telegraph Co, lays cable from Ireland to Newfoundland in 1857, new improved trans-Atlantic cable in 1866, shifts to trains and newspapers later in life, ends with only modest wealth.
John Henry Hopkins
General who fought at Monmouth, Brandywine and Yorktown
Poured his wealth into building Cazenovia, NY
John Wesley (Anglican/Methodist)
John J Astor III
Julia Maria King (1830-1904)
A leader of the arch conservative “Old School” Presbyterians who is much maligned for owning slaves and arguing that the institution is recognized in the Bible
Apprentices as mechanic and textile worker, optimizes prior sewing machine designs for patent in ’46, funding troubles, wins suit vs. Isaac Singer’s copycat version, royalties used to fund Union regiment from Conn in war, launches The Howe Sewing Machine Co ’67, multi-millionaire, but dies at 48.
Peter Cooper (1791-1883)
Prominent Men Outside Politics
Helen Josie Mansfield
Rev Stephen Tyng (Episcopal Church Evangelical)
Edward Stokes (1841-1901)
Planter James Marshman
Edward Stokes, son of a wealthy family who eventually forms a business partnership in the oil industry with “Big Jim” Fiske, former circus man and peddler, who makes a killing selling blankets for the Union army, then becomes a tycoon in steamships and railroads. The friendship ends when Stokes steals Fiske’s mistress, Helen Mansfield, away and then shoots him to death in a hotel confrontation in 1872. Three trials follow with a hung jury, a murder conviction later appealed, and finally a manslaughter verdict. Stokes serves four years at Sing Sing prison; Helen runs off with another man to Europe.
Cyrus Field (1819-1892)
Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)
Stephen Girard (1750-1883)
Albert Gallatin (1761-1849)
George Stephenson (1781-1848)
Bishop Matthew Simpson, Lincoln funeral (Methodist Episcopal church)
Family flintlock pistol from Rev War fascinates him as youth, works in father’s textile mill, invents prototype “revolver” at 18 with trigger pull causing cylinder to rotate to next round, time as a showman hones PR skills, tie to pro gunsmith and first patent ’36, key is interchangeable parts and assembly line, many failures, large order from Texas Rangers in ’47 lead to Hartford plant in ’48, skilled marketing, sells to both Union and CSA early in war, multi-millionaire.
Swiss born and educated, to US in 1780, Harvard faculty, Penn politics and US House, anti-Federalist, financial expert opposes federal debt of Hamilton, serves as Treasury Sec. 1801-14 under Jefferson and Madison, sets up Second US Bank, diplomacy to end War of 1812, then minister to France & UK from 1816-21.
James Sterling (1800-1863)
Reverend Dr. Charles Hodge (1797-1878)
Samuel Colt (1814-1862)
A huge man (6’3”, 369 lbs.), iron ore deposit found on his farm and the basis for his successful business, known as the “Iron King of New York,” lived in Sterlingville, Trustee of St. Lawrence University.
Lambertus Ledyard (1836-1897)
Bishop Levi Scott (1802-1882)
Methodist Episcopal Church
Eli Whitney (1765-1825)
George Law (1806-1881)