W. W. Corcoran Papers 1791-1896 (bulk 1849-1888)


W. W. Corcoran Papers, 1791-1896, (bulk 1849-1888)

W. W. Corcoran Papers 1791-1896 (bulk 1849-1888)

Financier and philanthropist. Correspondence, letterpress books, financial papers, newspaper clippings, printed matter, and other papers relating primarily to Corcoran's business and banking interests and philanthropic efforts.

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Mason, J. M. (James Murray), 1798-1871

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Forney, John W. (John Wien), 1817-1881

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Corcoran, W. W. (William Wilson), 1798-1888

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Fillmore, Millard, 1800-1874

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Millard Fillmore was born in Cayuga County, N.Y. and later became a resident of East Aurora and Buffalo. He was a lawyer, local office holder, State Assemblyman, U.S. Congressman, N.Y. State Comptroller, Vice-President under Zachary Taylor and 13th U.S. President, 1850-1853. He was also involved in establishing numerous Buffalo institutions. He was a founder and first Chancellor of the University of Buffalo, Commander of the Union Continentals (Home Guard) during Civil War, and first president o...

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Lee, Robert Edward, 1807-1870

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Riggs, Elisha, 1826-1881

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Corcoran & Riggs

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Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Rail Road Company

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Discussions between Cathedral trustees and Renwick about the new Cathedral began in 1853. The final designs for the Cathedral's first scheme were accepted and work began in 1858. Renwick is known to have initially worked in partnership with William Rodrigue, but scholars generally agree that the designs were Renwick's and Rodrigue withdrew from the project in its early stages. See: St. Patrick's Cathedral / by Leland A. Cook. New York : Quick Fox, 1979. From the description of [Early...

Everett, Edward, 1794-1865

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U.S. senator and representative, from Massachusetts; president of Harvard (1846-1849); Secretary of State (1852-1853). From the description of Autograph letter signed from Edward Everett to R.M.T. Hunter, 1853 Feb. 25. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 123410779 American educator and statesman. From the description of ALsS : to Gulian C. Verplanck, 1830-1857. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 86156129 Everett was...

Little Miami Railroad Company

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Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889

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Mary Ann Lamar Cobb (1818-1889), wife of Gen. Howell Cobb (1815-1868). From the description of Letter to Mary Ann Lamar Cobb, 1888 Oct. 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 38476494 Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) was born in Kentucky. He attended Transylvania University for a short time before enrolling at West Point in 1824, at the age of 16. He graduated in 1828 and immediately joined the First Infantry. His regiment was engaged in the Blackhawk War of 1831. In 1833, he became a...

Johnson, Robert Ward, 1814-1879

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American lawyer and congressman. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, D. C., to the President, 1857 Mar. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270491191 ...

Harrison, Gabriel, 1818-1902

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Harrison, artist, actor, theater manager and author, was a friend of the actor Edwin Forrest. From the description of Edwin Forrest visual materials, 18-- (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 758368821 Gabriel Harrison was a "professor of elocution" in Brooklyn, N.Y. From the description of Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1894-1895, n.d. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 190821935 Brooklyn, N.Y., theatrical manag...

Doyle, Alexander, 1857-1922

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Sculptor (Dedham, Mass./Squirrel Island, Maine); made marble and bronze statues, many relating to Civil War heroes. From the description of Alexander Doyle papers, 1852-1937. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122502446 ...

Hunter, R. M. T. (Robert Mercer Taliaferro), 1809-1887

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Richmond, Va. lawyer and statesman. From the description of Letter, 1836. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 37869750 R.M.T. Hunter (1809-1887) of "Fonthill," Essex County, Va., was a U.S. congressman, senator and Confederate statesman. From the description of Papers, 1820-1860, 1876. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122538909 U.S. Senator from Virginia. From the description of Letters of R.M.T. Hunter [manuscript], 1846, 1857. (Uni...

Winthrop, Robert C. (Robert Charles), 1809-1894

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Robert Charles Winthrop (1809-1894), of Boston, Mass., was a U.S. Representative, 1840-1850, Speaker of the House, 1847-1849, and U.S. Senator, 1850-1851. He was a descendant of Gov. John Winthrop (1587-1649) and an attorney, lecturer, and president of the Massachusetts Historical Society. From the description of Letters, 1843-1885. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 207181863 James Barron Hope was born 23 March 1829 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was the grandson of James Barron and ...

Gerolt, Friedrich Karl Joseph von, approximately 1798-1879

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Slaughter, Philip, 1808-1890

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Rev. Philip Slaughter (1808-1890), Episcopalian clergyman, historian, and author. He was associate editor of the Southern Churchman, pastor of Emmanuel Church in Culpeper County, and historiographer of the diocese of Virginia. He was author of many religious and historical publications, including "Life of Hon. William Green, jurist and scholar" (1883) and "The Colonial church of Virginia" (1885). From the description of Letters from Philip Slaughter to R. A. Brock, 1875-1894. (Huntin...

Corcoran family

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Peabody, George, 1795-1869

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Businessman and philanthropist. From the description of Papers of George Peabody, 1841-1869. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450003 American financier. From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to John Brodhead, 1847 May 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872091 Banker and philanthropist, of London, England; born and buried in Danvers, Mass.; in 1866 donated $12,000 to Georgetown, Mass., for the building of a library; benefactor of li...

Riggs and Co.

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Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878.

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Joseph Henry (1797-1878, APS 1835), a physicist, was the first secretary and director of the Smithsonian Institution, a post he retained for over three decades. Henry was a leading experimental scientist whose contributions include several discoveries in the field of electromagnetics. He has been credited with the invention of the electromagnet and the telegraph, among other things. Henry was born in 1797 in Albany, New York, the son of William Henry, a teamster, and his wife An...

Wilson, James Grant, 1832-1914

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Founder of Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography. From the description of Letters, 1853 Nov.-1908 Feb. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 172709192 American author and editor. From the description of Letters received, 1878 Feb. 25-1902 Mar. 31. (Buffalo History Museum). WorldCat record id: 33937785 Scottish-born newspaperman, author, and editor, who served in the Union army during the Civil War, and then settled in New York City. F...

Hyde, Anthony

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Venable, Charles S. (Charles Scott), 1827-1900

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Confederate officer, aide to Robert E. Lee, and professor of mathematics at South Carolina College (1857-1862) and at the University of Virginia following the Civil War until retirement in 1893; author of several mathematics text books; born at "Longwood", in Prince Edward County, Va.; husband of Margaret Cantey McDowell. From the description of Charles S. Venable papers, 1858-1934. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 43541303 Confederate officer, aide to Rob...

Belmont, August, 1816-1890.

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Rorer, David, 1806-1884

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David Rorer was a native of Pittsylvania County, Virginia who began his career as a lawyer in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1826. While at this location, Rorer served as a county judge and prosecuting attorney. He also operated a ferry near Little Rock and--to support the success of that venture--made alterations to the military road from Memphis to Little Rock. This route and river crossing were commonly used during removals of Native Americans to the Indian Territory. After moving to Burlington, Io...

Kendall, Amos, 1789-1869

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Editor of the Extra Globe, Washington, D.C. From the description of Letters, 1840-1844. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 36437687 American politician. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, to John Mills, United States Attorney in Boston, 1840 May 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270491445 American politican. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Frankfort, to W. W. Worsley, bookseller in Lex...

Dickinson, Daniel S. (Daniel Stevens), 1800-1866

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U.S. Senator from New York; b. in Goshen, Conn., moved with his parents to Guilford, N.Y., in 1806; studied law and began practice in Guilford, N.Y.; moved to Binghamton and became first president of the City of Binghamton in 1834; state legislator; in 1844 appointed and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate; reelected in 1845 and served until 1851; resumed the practice of law; elected attorney general of New York in 1861; appointed by Abraham Lincoln as U.S. attorne...

Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell), 1821-1875

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American lawyer and statesman. From the description of Signature clipped from a register : [n.p.], [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270135786 Vice-president of the United States under Buchanan, 1857-1861. From the description of Letter to Charles W. Upham [manuscript], 1857 June 11. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647953509 State legislator, U.S. congressman, vice-president, U.S. senator, Confederate general and Confederate secretary ...

Gardner, John Lane, 1793-1869

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