Alexander T. Stewart (1802?-1876)

Alexander Turney Stewart, known as the "Merchant Prince," was a pioneer in retail, wholesale, and manufacturing in New York. In 1846 he built the first department store in the U.S. Stewart founded Garden City, New Jersey, in 1869. When he died in 1876 he was one of the three wealthiest men in the U.S. and an important figure in the Gilded Age. Stewart was buried in New York, but thieves exhumed his body in 1878 and held it for ransom. Mrs. Stewart paid $20,000 and reinterred the body in a vault with a burglar alarm in the Garden City cathedral.

1860 circa 5 years
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