John Batterson Stetson (1830 - 1906)

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Birthplace: Orange, Essex, NJ, USA
Death: Died in Volusia, Volusia, FL, USA
Cause of death: Fell in bathtub
Occupation: Hatter
Managed by: John S. Norris
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About John Batterson Stetson

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...John Batterson Stetson (May 5, 1830 - February 18, 1906) was a U.S. hatter, hat manufacturer, and, in the 1860s, the inventor of the cowboy hat. He founded the John B. Stetson Company as a manufacturer of headwear; the company's hats are now commonly referred to simply as Stetsons.

John Stetson was born in New Jersey, the 7th of 12 children..."

Stetson Hats "...John decided to offer people something better. Durable and well-made from waterproof felt, its high, open crown and broad rim would keep the hot sun off their faces, necks and shoulders.

The hat achieved instant popularity and was named the “Boss of the Plains.” The first real cowboy hat. Stetson went on to build the Carlsbad, easily identified by its main crease down the front.

His hat was called a Stetson, because he had his name John B. Stetson Company embossed in gold in every hatband. The Stetson soon became the most well known hat in the West..."

"...John Stetson owned a mansion in DeLand where he died in 1906. The over 8,000 square ft masterpiece called John B. Stetson House is a mixture of Gothic, Tudor, and Moorish styles. Stetson is buried in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'John Batterson Stetson', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 13 January 2011, 09:47 UTC, <> [accessed 8 February 2011]


John Stetson's Timeline

May 5, 1830
Orange, Essex, NJ, USA
May 8, 1850
Age 20
Westfield, NJ, USA
October 13, 1884
Age 54
Philadelphia, PA, USA
July 30, 1887
Age 57
Cheltenham, PA, USA
February 18, 1906
Age 75
Volusia, Volusia, FL, USA
Owner Stetson Hat Company; Occupation: Founder