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Johann Jakob Astor, I

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Birthplace: Walldorf, Walldorf, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: Died in New York, New York, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Cemetery Trinity Church, New York, New York County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Jacob Astor and Maria Magdalena Vorfelder
Husband of Sarah Astor (Todd)
Father of Magdalena Bristed Astor; Anna Eve Cook Astor; Sarah Astor; John Jacob Astor, II; William Backhouse Astor and 4 others
Brother of George Peter Astor; Johann Heinrich Astor and Melchior Astor

Occupation: emigrated to New York, NY, USA fur trader, estate trader
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About John Jacob Astor

John Jacob Astor (born Johann Jakob Astor) (July 17, 1763 – March 29, 1848) was a German-American business magnate, merchant and investor who was the first prominent member of the Astor family and the first multi-millionaire in the United States. He was the creator of the first trust in America.

He went to the United States following the American Revolutionary War and built a fur-trading empire that extended to the Great Lakes region and Canada, and later expanded into the American West and Pacific coast. He also got involved in smuggling opium. In the early 19th century he diversified into New York City real estate and later became a famed patron of the arts.

Fast Facts

  • John Jacob Astor, American Fur Company, Pacific Fur Companies, Southwest Fur Company
  • Born: July 17, 1763 in Germany
  • Died: 1848 in New York
  • John Jacob Astor was a major Fur trader and merchant
  • John Jacob Astor established the American Fur Company in 1808 and later the Pacific Fur Companies and Southwest Fur Company with trading posts across the country
  • John Jacob Astor established Astoria, Oregon in 1811 in hopes of developing the Far East market but the War of 1812 blockaded the post and he eventually sold it to the British
  • John Jacob Astor monopolized the fur trade until 1834 when he retired from the fur business. Investments in real estate in New York made him the richest man in the United States and its' first millionaire on record.

links

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Jacob_Astor
  2. http://www.linecamp.com/museums/americanwest/western_names/astor_john_jacob/astor_john_jacob.html
  3. Pioneers Turned Millionaires -Smithsonian Channel

see the Todd genealogy page 36 for an account of his emigration from Bristol to New York -------------------- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Jacob_Astor

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John Jacob Astor's Timeline

1763
July 17, 1763
Walldorf, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
1771
1771
Age 7
1785
September 19, 1785
Age 22
New York, New York, United States
1788
1788
Age 24
New York, NY, USA
1790
1790
Age 26
New York, NY, USA
1791
1791
Age 27
New York, NY, USA
1792
September 19, 1792
Age 29
New York, NY, USA
1795
1795
Age 31
New York, NY, USA
1797
1797
Age 33
New York, NY, USA
1801
1801
Age 37
New York, NY, USA