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Marquand, Henry Gurdon 1819- Capitalist; born in New York, April 11, 1819; was educated at Pittsfield, Mass.: engaged in the real estate, banking, and railroad business. He has been greatly interested in the work of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, of which he has been president for many years, and to which he has made many costly gifts, including a collection of bronzes valued at $50,000; bonds representing a value of $50,000; and a priceless collection of paintings by Van Dyke, Rubens, Gainsborough, Velazquez, Turner, Franz Hals, Hogarth, Van der Meer, and other old masters. He also built a chapel and (with Robert Bonner) a gymnasium (cost $20,000) for Princeton University, and with his brother presented a pavilion to Bellevue Hospital, New York City.