George Opdyke (1805-1880)

George Opdyke was a merchant, a millionaire, and municipal reformer. He joined the Republican party because of its antislavery stance. He served in the New York state assembly and was a member of many civic and charitable organizations. He was elected mayor of New York City and held that post during the difficult years from 1861 until 1864. While he was mayor, the Civil War draft riots broke out in the city. Opdyke called in police and military to stop the riots and did not compromise with the rioters. His own home was threatened by the mobs and his factory destroyed. In 1867 Opdyke retired from the dry goods business and with his sons established a banking house that concentrated on railroad financing.

1865 circa 5 years
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