Senator Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich

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Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Foster,Providence,RI
Death: April 16, 1915 (73)
New York, New York, USA
Place of Burial: Swan Point Cemetery,Providence,RI
Immediate Family:

Son of Anan E Aldrich and Abby Ann Aldrich
Husband of Abby Pearce Aldrich (Chapman)
Father of Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich; Lucy W. Truman Aldrich; Edward Burgess Aldrich; Abigail "Abby" Greene Rockefeller (Aldrich); Stuart Morgan Aldrich and 6 others
Brother of Louisa Aldrich and Clarence Aldrich

Occupation: U.S. Senator & Republican leader, financier
Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Senator Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich

Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich (November 6, 1841 – April 16, 1915) was a prominent American politician and a leader of the Republican Party in the Senate, where he served from 1881 to 1911.

Because of his impact on national politics and central position on the pivotal Senate Finance Committee, he was referred to by the press and public alike as the "General Manager of the Nation", dominating all tariff and monetary policies in the first decade of the 20th century. In a career that spanned three decades, Aldrich helped to create an extensive system of tariffs that protected American factories and farms from foreign competition. He rebuilt the American financial system along Progressive lines through the institution of the federal income tax amendment and the Federal Reserve System. He claimed that this would lead to greater efficiency. Aldrich became wealthy with investments in street railroads, sugar, rubber and banking. His son Richard Steere Aldrich became a U.S. Representative, and his daughter, Abby, married John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the only son of John D. Rockefeller. Her son, Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, served as Vice President of the United States under Gerald Ford.

Aldrich was very active in the Freemasons and was the Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island.

Associate of JP Morgan Father and Law of John D. Rockefeller Jr. Grandfather of Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (Vice President)

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Senator Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich's Timeline

November 6, 1841
September 11, 1867
Age 25
October 23, 1869
Age 27
September 28, 1871
Age 29
Providence, Providence, RI, USA
October 26, 1874
Age 32
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States
August 14, 1876
Age 34
May 1878
Age 36
February 16, 1880
Age 38
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA
May 1883
Age 41