Astor, William B. (William Backhouse), 1792-1875

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Dates:
Birth 1792-09-19
Death 1875-11-24

Biographical notes:

Capitalist, son of John Jacob Astor, and nominal head of the American Fur Company prior to his father's exit from the business in 1834.

From the description of Letter : New York, [N.Y.], to James Abbott, Detroit, [Mich.], 1832 July 13. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 36145298

William B. Astor went into business with his father, John Jacob Astor, and successfully invested in real estate and railroad, coal, and insurance companies.

Samuel Jones was Chancellor of New York 1826-1828 and Chief Justice of the New York City Superior Court 1828-1847.

From the description of William Astor autograph note to Samuel Jones, 1826 May 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 780251855

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Subjects:

  • Fur traders--Correspondence
  • Smithsonian Building
  • Smithsonian Exchange
  • Scientific expeditions--History--19th century--Sources
  • Travelers--History--19th century--Sources
  • Statistics--Study and teaching--Germany--19th century
  • Henry Family
  • Smithsonian Endowment
  • National Museum
  • Smithsonian Publications
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Manuscripts, American
  • Congress
  • Smithsonian Board Of Regents

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  • West (U.S.) (as recorded)
  • Göttingen (Germany) (as recorded)
  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)
  • Michigan--Detroit (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)