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  • Philip Danforth Armour (1832 - 1901)
    Founder of Armour & Company. was born in Stockbridge, New York to Danforth Armour and Juliana Ann Brooks. He was one of eight children and grew up on his family's farm. Armour was mostly of Scottis...
  • Bvt. Brig. Gen. John Jacob Astor III (1822 - 1890)
    John Jacob Astor III (June 10, 1822 – February 22, 1890) was the elder son of William Backhouse Astor, Sr. and the wealthiest member of the Astor family in his generation. He was the founder...
  • Mark Hopkins, Jr. (1813 - 1878)
    Mark Hopkins was born 1 September 1813 in Henderson, New York, and died 29 March 1878. He died in his sleep aboard his private rail car in Yuma at age 64. At the time of his death, the value of his e...
  • Samuel Slater (1768 - 1835)
    Samuel Slater (June 9, 1768 – April 21, 1835) was an early English-American industrialist known as the "Father of the American Industrial Revolution", (a phrase coined by Andrew Jackson) or th...
  • William George Strong Fargo (1818 - 1881)
    William George Fargo (May 20, 1818 – August 3, 1881), pioneer American expressman, was born in Pompey, New York. From the age of thirteen he had to support himself, obtaining little schooling,...

Robber Baron is a pejorative term used for a powerful 19th century businessman. By the 1890s, the term was typically applied to businessmen who were viewed as having used questionable practices to amass their wealth. It combines the sense of criminal ("robber") and illegitimate aristocracy ("baron"). U.S. political and economic commentator Matthew Josephson popularized the term during the Great Depression in a 1934 book by the same title.

List of businessmen who were called robber barons