Charles Lewis Tiffany

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Charles Lewis Tiffany

Birthplace: Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in New York City, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Comfort Tiffany and Chloe Tiffany
Husband of Harriet Olivia Avery Tiffany
Father of Annie Olivia Mitchell; Louis Comfort Tiffany; Louise Tiffany and Burnett Tiffany

Managed by: Richard Arthur Neary
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About Charles Lewis Tiffany

CharlesTiffany and John Burnett Young were boyhood friends and when they decided to go to New York to open a dry good store they borrowed money from Charles' father Comfort Tiffany. In September 1837 Charles and John opened their store called "Tiffany & Young"

The year was 1837. Charles Lewis Tiffany and his schoolmate John Young traveled from New England to New York City with an idea and a dream that were to become Tiffany & Co. While the first day of business brought a mere four dollars and 98 cents, the world of jewelry and luxury goods would never again be the same. Charles Tiffany's tireless search for one-of-a-kind objects charmed and fascinated the wealthy of New York. But when the store obtained some of the French crown jewels in 1887, Tiffany's fame spread far and wide.

Charles Lewis Tiffany went on to introduce the nation's first retail catalogue. And, his obsession with the simple elegance of classic silver design earned Tiffany & Co. the highly coveted Award of Merit at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1867. This was the first time an American company had been recognized by a European jury.

Of the many individual achievements made under the leadership of Charles Lewis Tiffany, the introduction of the celebrated engagement ring in the 6-prong Tiffany® Setting is one of the most noteworthy. But, of course, Charles Lewis Tiffany's grandest accomplishment was to establish America's preeminent house of design and the world's premier jeweler. - []

On November 30, 1839, Charles Lewis Tiffany married John B. Young's sister, Harriet Olivia Avery Young (1816–1897) with whom he had six children:

  • Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)
  • Charles Lewis Tiffany, Jr. (1842–1847)
  • Annie Olivia Tiffany (Mrs. Alfred Mitchell; mother-in-law to Hiram Bingham III) (1844–1937)
  • Louise Harriet Tiffany (1856–1937)
  • Henry Charles Tiffany (1858–1859)
  • Burnett Young Tiffany (1860–1945)

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Charles Lewis Tiffany's Timeline

February 15, 1812
Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
November 30, 1841
Age 29
November 22, 1844
Age 32
New York, New York, New York, United States
February 18, 1848
Age 36
New York, New York, United States
Age 43
Age 47
February 18, 1902
Age 90
New York City, New York, United States
Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, United States