Irving, William, 1766-1821

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Born in Waldorf, Germany, John Jacob Astor (1763-1848) immigrated to the United States in 1784 and became a successful fur trader and real estate dealer in New York City. In 1785, he married Sarah Todd, with whom he had five children. Astor established the American Fur Company in 1808, which exported furs from the Great Lakes and Canada to Europe. In the early 1800s, Astor began purchasing and developing land on Manhattan Island. At the time of his death in 1848, he was the wealthiest person in the United States.

Source: “John Jacob Astor Biography.” Encyclopedia of World Biography. Accessed August 2, 2011.

From the guide to the John Jacob Astor Collection 2011-203., 1798-1799, 1816, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin)

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creatorOf Irving, Washington, 1783-1859. Washington Irving papers, 1759-1898, bulk (1805-1866). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Washington Irving papers, 1759-1898, 1805-1866 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf John Jacob Astor Collection 2011-203., 1798-1799, 1816 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Irving family. Papers, 1585-1959, 1754-1959 (bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Edwards, Ogden, 1781-1862. Papers of Ogden Edwards, 1753-1876. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Irving, William, 1766-1821. Autograph letters signed (3) : Washington, to Henry Wheaton, 1814 Oct. 3-27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Irving, Washington, 1783-1859. Papers of Washington Irving [manuscript], 1805-1857. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn United States Sanitary Commission records. Army and Navy Claim Agency archives, 1861-1870 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Irving, Washington, 1783-1859. Papers of Washington Irving [manuscript], 1804-1830, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Irving, William, 1766-1821. Letter, London?, to Rev. Dr. Clark, concerning American trade [manuscript] 1807 Aug. 22. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Astor, John Jacob, 1763-1848 person
associatedWith Clark, Rodney, Dr., Rev. person
associatedWith Edwards, Ogden, 1781-1862. person
associatedWith Gallatin, Albert, 1761-1849 person
associatedWith Irving family. family
associatedWith Irving, Washington, 1783-1859. person
associatedWith Madison, James, 1751-1836 person
associatedWith United States Sanitary Commission corporateBody
associatedWith Wheaton, Henry, 1785-1848, person
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Birth 1766-08-15

Death 1821-11-09



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