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David Sinton

Birthplace: Armagh, Ireland
Death: Died in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
Place of Burial: Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Sinton and Mary Sinton
Husband of Jane Sinton
Father of Anne Sinton and Edward Sinton
Brother of Isabella Eliza Green; Dr. William Sinton and Sarah Sparks

Managed by: David Howerton
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About David Sinton

Cincinnati.. August 31, 1900.. David Sinton the richest man in Cincinnati & Ohio, died this evening... at age 93.... He leaves an estate of 20 Million dollars.... Mr. Sinton was born in Ireland and reared in West Union, Ohio from age 3.... His start in life was as a clerk at a tavern in Sinking Springs, Ohio,, at the age of 14... He received $4 a month plus room & board... Later he went to Hanging Rock iron region with a salary of $400. per year... Here he laid the foundation of his fortune.... He leaves one daughter, Anna (Sinton) Taft.... His deceased parents are buried in West Union, Ohio............ Two things stand out to remember Mr. Sinton by.. One was the old Sinton Hotel in downtown Cincinnati... The other is the famous Taft Museum also located in downtown Cincinnati.. This house was built about 1820 for Martin Baum.. Later it was the residence of Nicholas Longworth... Tradition has it that Mr. Sinton bought this house for his daughter as a wedding present... David Sinton lived in the house with his daughter Anna and son-in-law Charles Phelps Taft.... Anna & Charles lived in this house from 1873 until 1929.... In 1929 they donated the house to the City of Cincinnati,, as a museum, the museum opened November 29, 1932.... The families of the Taft's, Longworth's, Roosevelt's,, were intertwined for many years in politics, business & personal relationships.. It involved 2 Presidents of the Unted States, and a Speaker of the House...... & Alice (Roosevelt) Longworth one of the most influential woman in the country for 8 generations.

According to the National Archives money converter $20,000,000 would be equivalent to $1,141,200,000 to-day.


The name is Anglo-Saxon, and in the early history of the family the Sintons were found settled near the border of Scotland. The ancestors of this subject went to the north of Ireland with one of Cromwell's colonies. His father and mother were Quakers. His mother's name was McDonald. John Sinton, father of David Sinton, was married in Ireland. He resided in County Armagh, and was a linen manufacturer at the city of Armagh.

David Sinton was bom January 26, 1808. and in 1811, his father and mother came to the United States in a sailing vessel, which occupied nine weeks in the voyage.

John Sinton located at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and went to merchandising with his brother-in-law, McDonald. In one year the partnership was dissolved, and Sinton removed to West Union, Ohio, where he sold goods from 1812 until 1825, at which time he closed out his business at auction.

David Sinton had two sisters and one brother; the brother, William, died at West Union, and is buried in the village cemetery there. He had studied medicine with Dr. William B. Willson, and had qualified himself for a physician, when death cut him off in his early manhood. He had just begun the practice of medicine at the time of his death. One of David Sinton's sisters never left Ireland, but married there. His other sister, who came with the remainder of the family to this country, married John Sparks, the banker, and died at Union Landing of the cholera, in 1833. Mr. and Mrs. Sparks had three children: Mary Jane, who married a McCauslen and resides near Steubenville, Ohio, and George Sparks, who resides at Clinton, Indiana. The third child died an infant at West Union, Ohio.

David Sinton had the cholera at Union Landing in 1833. at the time his sister died of it, and he came very near dying of it himself.

"A History of Adams County, Ohio: From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present ..."

By Nelson Wiley Evans, Emmons B. Stivers


David Sinton (26 June 1808 – 31 August 1900) was a pig-iron industrialist, born in County Armagh, Ireland, who became one of the wealthiest men in America.

Sinton was the son of linen manufacturer John Sinton, of Unshinagh, a Quaker (he was a cousin of Irish industrialist Thomas Sinton), and Mary McDonnell. The family came to America, from Ireland, and settled at Pittsburgh when he was three years of age. Sinton had one brother (Dr. William Sinton, a physician) and two sisters (Isabella Eliza - never left Ireland and Sarah, married John Sparks - a banker).

A man of "irregular education", his business interests centered around the manufacture of iron; the location of his furnaces was Lawrence County, Ohio. Much of his fortune was made by stockpiling pig iron, waiting for the American Civil War and the selling that iron on at inflated prices.

David Sinton's home; "one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the Palladian style in the country." He was described as "a large, strong person with strong common sense, and therefore moves solely on the solid foundation of facts." His residence, at Cincinnati, was the old Longworth mansion on Pike street, built by Martin Baum early in the nineteenth century. Mr. Sinton's only surviving child, Annie, was the wife of Charles Phelps Taft, editor of the Times-Star and brother of William Howard Taft; it was said that Sinton money financed the presidential bid. He was the great-grandfather of First World War flying ace David Sinton Ingalls.

Upon his death, age 93, he left $20,000,000 (the 2011 equivalent of this is c. $500,000,000) to his daughter, he was Ohio's richest man at the time. His home is now the Taft Museum of Art. During his lifetime it was remarked that Sinton was philanthropic in his donations to the arts and the Presbyterian church, yet his own father's grave was not marked with a head-stone; "but David Sinton is wiser in his generation than they who seek to stab his character in such a paragraph [as erecting an ornate sepulcher]. He is one of God's noblemen."

Sinton married Jane Ellison at Union Landing, Ohio. They had two children; Edward (1848-1869) and Anna Taft (1850-1931).

The town of Sinton, Texas is named in his honor (given that he was the majority stock holder in Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company, as is the Sinton Hotel, a famous Cincinnati hotel.


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David Sinton's Timeline

June 26, 1808
Armagh, Ireland
Age 39
March 12, 1852
Age 43
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
August 31, 1900
Age 92
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA