John Jacob Astor I (1763-1848)

This 1864 engraving was published by Johnson, Fry & Co. and was based on a painting by Alonzo Chappel. Astor was a fur magnate and the founder of a renowned family of Anglo-American capitalists, business leaders, and philanthropists. His American Fur Company is considered the first U.S. business monopoly. Astor also invested in New York City real estate that became the foundation of the family fortune. His son, William Backhouse Astor (1792-1875), greatly expanded the family real estate holdings, building more than 700 stores and dwellings in New York City. The wealthiest person in the U.S. at the time of his death, the senior Astor bequeathed $400,000 for the founding of a public library, the Astor Library, in New York City, which was consolidated with others as the New York Public Library in 1895.

Date:
1864
Original Format:
Fine Print Illustration
Item#:
MES02494
Photographer:
Alonzo Chappel
Height:
3203px
Width:
2496px
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