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Elisha Riggs

  • 1779, June 13: Born, Montgomery County, Md.
  • 1812 - 1814 : Served with American militia during War of 1812
  • 1812: Married Alice Lawrason (died 1817)
  • 1814: Helped organize Union Bank of Georgetown, D.C.
  • 1815 - 1829 : With George Peabody formed business firm of Riggs and Peabody, Dry Goods Merchants
  • 1822: Married Mary Ann Karrick
  • 1827: Moved to New York, N.Y., and entered banking business, becoming a partner in Riggs, Taylor, and Co.
  • 1853, Aug. 3: Died, New York, N.Y.

Elisha Riggs, Jr.

  • 1826, Nov. 28: Born, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1844: Graduated, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1848: Entered firm of Corcoran and Riggs as junior partner
  • 1849: Married Mary Keene Boswell
  • 1853: Explored Rocky Mountains with Benton-Beale Expedition
  • 1854: Sold interest in Corcoran and Riggs
  • 1857 - 1862 : Lived in Europe
  • 1862 - 1865 : Member, banking firm of Jerome, Riggs, and Co.
  • 1881, July 8: Died, New York, N.Y.

Elisha Francis Riggs

  • 1851, Oct. 2: Born, Washington, D.C.
  • 1876 - 1896 : Member, Riggs and Co.
  • 1879: Married Medora Thayer
  • 1881 - 1910 : Treasurer, Mount Vernon Ladies Association
  • 1889: Donated funds for construction of the Riggs Memorial Library, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1896: Became first vice president, National Savings and Trust Co. of Washington, D.C.
  • 1910, July 6: Died, New London, Conn.

Elisha Francis Riggs, Jr.

  • 1887, June 16: Born, Washington, D.C.
  • 1909: Graduated, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1910: Traveled abroad
  • 1911 - 1913 : Served with U.S. Army, Fort Riley, Kans.
  • 1913 - 1915 : Stationed in Philippine Islands
  • 1916 - 1918 : Military attaché in Russia
  • 1918: Served with 325th Field Artillery, U.S. Army, in France
  • 1918 - 1919 : American representative on Armistice Commission in Klagenfurt Basin, Austria
  • 1919 - 1920 : Worked in Military Intelligence Department, Washington, D.C.
  • 1920: Resigned from regular U.S. Army
  • 1922: Married Margaret Alwina Bohlen
  • 1933: Appointed chief of police in Puerto Rico
  • 1936, Feb. 23: Assassinated by members of Nationalist Party, San Juan, Puerto Rico

George W. Riggs, Jr.

  • 1813, July 4: Born, Georgetown, D.C.
  • 1829 - 1831 : Student, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1840: Married Janet Shedden
  • 1840: Established Corcoran and Riggs in partnership with William W. Corcoran
  • 1848: Retired from Corcoran and Riggs
  • 1854: Upon retirement of William W. Corcoran returned to Corcoran and Riggs, which was renamed Riggs and Co.
  • 1881, Aug. 24: Died, Prince Georges County, Md.

Romulus Riggs

  • 1782, Dec. 22: Born, Montgomery County, Md.
  • 1810: Married Mercy Ann Lawrason
  • 1812 - 1825 : Engaged in banking and invested in real estate holdings in Georgetown, D.C.
  • 1826: Moved to Philadelphia, Pa., and joined his brother Elisha Riggs in mercantile firm of R. and E. Riggs and Co.
  • 1829: Formed partnership with Robert B. Aertsen; joined by William S. Paradise in the firm of Riggs, Son, and Paradise
  • 1844: Upon retirement of Robert Aertsen joined by William S. Paradise in the firm of Riggs, Son, and Paradise
  • 1846: Established banking firm Romulus and Co.
  • 1846, Oct. 2: Died, Philadelphia, Pa.

Thomas Riggs, Jr.

  • 1873, Oct. 17: Born, Howard County, Md.
  • 1890 - 1893 : Studied engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
  • 1893 - 1896 : Engaged in lumber business in Washington State
  • 1897 - 1901 : Mined gold on Dominion Creek and Last Chance Creek, Yukon Territory
  • 1902: Developed gold mine in San Juan County, Utah
  • 1903 - 1905 : Worked with U.S. and Canada Boundary Survey
  • 1906 - 1913 : Worked with Alaskan Boundary Survey
  • 1913: Married Renée Marie Coudert
  • 1914 - 1917 : Member, Alaskan Engineering Commission
  • 1918 - 1921 : Governor of Alaska
  • 1922 - 1935 : Consulting engineer, New York, N.Y.
  • 1935 - 1945 : U.S. Commissioner, International Boundary Commission
  • 1945, Jan. 16: Died, Washington, D.C.

T. Lawrason Riggs

  • 1888, June 28: Born, New London, Conn.
  • 1910: Graduated, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1912: Graduated , Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1912 - 1913 : Assistant instructor in English, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1916 - 1917 : Instructor in English, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1917 - 1918 : Served with American Expeditionary Force in France
  • 1920 - 1921 : Novice, St. Joseph's Seminary, Yonkers, N.Y.
  • 1921: Transferred to St. Thomas' Seminary, Hartford, Conn.
  • 1922: Ordained a priest at Hartford, Conn., and became chaplain of the Catholic Club of Yale
  • 1922 - 1938 : Served with parish church in East Haven, Conn.
  • 1926: Appointed member of the administrative council and instructor in religion, Albertus Magnus College, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1933: Named associate fellow of Calhoun College, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1935: Made chairman of New Haven Interfaith Committee, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1938: Became chaplain of More Club, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1943, Apr. 27: Died, New Haven, Conn.

William Henry Riggs

  • 1837, Mar. 22: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1852: Began a collection on Indian weapons and costumes
  • circa 1852 - 1857 : Attended Bacon School, New York State); Sillig's Institute,Vevey, Switzerland; and Technische Hochschule, Dresden, Germany
  • 1853: Accompanied his brother, Elisha Riggs, Jr., on the Benton-Beale Expedition
  • 1856: Began acquisition of medieval armor and weapons
  • 1857: Settled in Paris, France
  • 1913: Presented collection of arms and armor to Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.
  • 1924, Aug. 31: Died, Bagnères-de Luchon, France

From the guide to the Riggs Family Papers, 1763-1945, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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creatorOf Riggs Family Papers, 1763-1945 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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associatedWith Alaskan Engineering Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Averill Coal and Oil Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Bancroft, George, 1800-1891 person
correspondedWith Barton, Clara, 1821-1912 person
correspondedWith Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858 person
correspondedWith Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902 person
correspondedWith Boucicault, Dion, 1820-1890 person
correspondedWith Buchanan, James, 1791-1868 person
correspondedWith Bull, Ole, 1810-1880 person
correspondedWith Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell), 1782-1850 person
associatedWith Catholic Church corporateBody
correspondedWith Chamberlain, George E. (George Earle), 1854-1928 person
correspondedWith Clark, Walter Eli, 1869-1950 person
correspondedWith Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908 person
associatedWith Corcoran & Riggs. corporateBody
correspondedWith Corcoran, W. W. (William Wilson), 1798-1888 person
correspondedWith Coudert, Frederic R. (Frederic René), 1871-1955 person
correspondedWith Cozzens, Frederic S. (Frederic Swartwout), 1818-1869 person
correspondedWith Curry, J. L. M. (Jabez Lamar Monroe), 1825-1903 person
correspondedWith Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889 person
correspondedWith Davis, John W. (John William), 1873-1955 person
correspondedWith Elliott, John, fl. 1841-1889 person
correspondedWith Gruening, Ernest, 1887-1974 person
correspondedWith Guffey, Joseph F., 1870-1959 person
correspondedWith Hale, Nathan, 1784-1863 person
correspondedWith Lane, Franklin K. person
associatedWith Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Napier, Francis, Baron Napier and Ettrick, 1819-1898 person
correspondedWith Newbold, George person
correspondedWith Ogilvie, Noel J. person
correspondedWith Payne, John Howard, 1791-1852 person
correspondedWith Peabody, George, 1795-1869 person
correspondedWith Polk, James K. (James Knox), 1795-1849 person
associatedWith Riggs, Elisha, 1779-1853 person
associatedWith Riggs, Elisha, 1826-1881 person
associatedWith Riggs, Elisha Francis, 1851-1910 person
associatedWith Riggs, Elisha Francis, 1887-1936 person
associatedWith Riggs, George Washington, 1813-1881 person
associatedWith Riggs, Romulus, 1782-1846 person
associatedWith Riggs, Thomas, 1873-1945 person
associatedWith Riggs, T. Lawrason (Thomas Lawrason), 1888-1943 person
associatedWith Riggs, William Henry, 1837-1924 person
correspondedWith Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872 person
correspondedWith Slidell, John, 1793-1871 person
correspondedWith Smith, Buckingham, 1810-1871 person
correspondedWith Street, Julian, 1879-1947 person
correspondedWith Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946 person
associatedWith United States. Army. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces. corporateBody
correspondedWith Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852 person
correspondedWith Woodbury, Levi, 1789-1851 person
correspondedWith Young, Brigham, 1801-1877 person
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Fort Riley (Kan.)
Spain
Egypt
Europe
Great Britain
Alaska
Soviet Union
Palestine
Syria
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