Cowdin, Elliot C. (Elliot Christopher), 1819-1880

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Born in Jamaica Vermont. Entered business in Boston during the 1840's, where he mastered the intricacies of silk trade. In the 1850's, he established his own firm in New York York City with a branch in Paris, and lived alternately in one place or the other. He married Sarah Kate Waldron, circa 1853. Cowdin served in the New York Stat Assembly in 1877.

From the description of Papers, 1835-1883. (New York State Library). WorldCat record id: 51299834

Elliot Christopher Cowdin (1819-1880) was a silk merchant in New York in the mid-nineteenth century. He was United States Commissioner to the Paris Universal Exposition of 1867.

From the guide to the Report to the Department of State on Silk and Silk Manufacture, [1868?], (Special Collections Research Center)

Merchant, New York City and Paris; legislator and farmer from New York.

From the description of Speeches and letter, [1874]-1875, 1880. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58662680

Merchant, dba Elliot C. Cowdin & Co. of New York City and Paris; legislator and farmer, New York.

From the description of Papers, 1852-1903. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58662684

Anson Burlingame was born in New Berlin, New York, on November 14, 1820, and graduated from the University of Michigan's Detroit campus in 1841. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1846, he joined a Boston law firm. An ardent Free Soiler, he served in the Massachusetts Senate and in the United States House of Representatives (1855-1860), and received an appointment from Abraham Lincoln to be a diplomat to Austria, though the Austrian government refused to accept him because of his associations with Hungarian nationalists. In 1862, he was reassigned as the United States minister to China, where he oversaw alterations in trade policies between China and the major European economic powers. Following his 1867 resignation, he negotiated the Burlingame Treaty (1868) between the United States and China, with positive consequences for China's trade and emigration policies. He died in St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 23, 1870, while attempting to forge a similar treaty between Russia and China. He and his wife, Jane Cornelia Livermore, had three children.

Elliot C. Cowdin was born in Jamaica, Vermont, in August 1819, and received his education in Boston, where he lived until moving to New York City in 1852. In New York, he founded the importing firm of Elliot C. Cowdin & Co., and became involved in the Union League Club shortly after the beginning of the Civil War. He also served as a member of the New York City Chamber of Commerce, and spent time in France and Germany during the Franco-Prussian War. A close friend of Anson Burlingame, he organized a celebratory banquet for the diplomat in 1868, and spoke at a memorial service held in Burlingame's honor in 1870.

From the guide to the Anson Burlingame collection, Burlingame, Anson collection, 1849-1870, 1865-1870, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

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creatorOf Cowdin, Elliot C. (Elliot Christopher), 1819-1880. Papers, 1835-1883. New York State Library
referencedIn The Chinese in California, 1850-1925 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Curtis, Frazier, 1876-1940. Lafayette Escadrille scrapbook, 1914-1917. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Lieber, Francis, 1800-1872. Letters, 1846-1872, to Elliot C[hristopher] Cowdin. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Report to the Department of State on Silk and Silk Manufacture, [1868?] North Carolina State University. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Charles Sumner collection, Sumner, Charles collection, 1840-1874, 1852-1874 William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Cowdin, Elliot C. (Elliot Christopher), 1819-1880. Speeches and letter, [1874]-1875, 1880. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Cowdin, Elliot C. (Elliot Christopher), 1819-1880. Report to the department of states on silk and silk manufactures / by Elliot C. Cowdin (of New York) United States Commissioner to the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867. North Carolina State University, NCSU Libraries
referencedIn Edwin D. Morgan Letters, 1839-1880 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Cowdin, Elliot C. (Elliot Christopher), 1819-1880. Papers, 1852-1903. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Correspondence, 1829-1874 Houghton Library
referencedIn Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. Ralph Waldo Emerson collection, 1793-1937. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Colman, Henry, 1785-1849. Letters, 1848 March 24 and undated, to Elliot C. Cowdin. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Emerson family correspondence, ca. 1725-1900. Houghton Library
creatorOf Anson Burlingame collection, Burlingame, Anson collection, 1849-1870, 1865-1870 William L. Clements Library
referencedIn John Sherman Letters, 1852-1898 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
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associatedWith Burlingame, Anson, 1820-1870 person
associatedWith Colman, Henry, 1785-1849. person
associatedWith Cowdin, Elliot C., Mrs. person
associatedWith Cowdin family. family
associatedWith Cowdin family. family
associatedWith Curtis, Frazier, 1876-1940. person
associatedWith Elliot C. Cowdin & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Emerson family. family
associatedWith Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. person
associatedWith Exposition universelle de 1867 a Paris. corporateBody
associatedWith Exposition universelle de 1867 à Paris. corporateBody
correspondedWith Lieber, Francis, 1800-1872. person
associatedWith Morgan, Edwin D. (Edwin Dennison), 1811-1883 person
associatedWith National Board of Trade (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith New York Chamber of Commerce. corporateBody
associatedWith Schmitt, C. C. person
associatedWith Sherman, John, 1823-1900 person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Waldron family. family
associatedWith William L. Clements Library corporateBody
associatedWith Wm. H. Mann & Co. corporateBody
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Boston (Mass.)
New York (N.Y.)
Paris (France)
France
New York (State)
Europe
United States
United States
Subject
Silk industry--Manuscripts
Diplomatic and consular service, American
Silk industry--History--19th century--Manuscripts
Daguerreotype
Business enterprises
Anecdotes
Silk industry--History--19th century
Franco--Prussian War, 1870-1871
Silk industry--Exhibitions--France
Currency question
Unitarian churches
Merchants
Finance, Public
Quotations, English
Ribbons
Occupation
Merchants
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Birth 1819-08-09

Death 1880-04-12

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