Merchant; born in Waldorf
, July 17, 1763.
Joining his brother, a dealer in musical instruments
, at the age of sixteen, he remained until he was twenty.
when, with a small stock of furs, he began
business in New York.
He built up a vast fur-trade with the Indians, extending his business to the mouth of Columbia River
, on the Pacific coast
, where he founded the trading station of Astoria
By this and other operations in trade, and by investments in real estate
, he accumulated vast wealth.
He bequeathed $400,000 for establishing a library in the city of New York
, which for many years was known by his name, and now forms a part of the New York Public Library
He died in New York City, March 29, 1848.