University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Astor (John Jacob) Collection, 1798-1799, 1816



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Astor, John Jacob, 1763-1848
Creator: Irving, William, 1766-1821
Creator: Madison, James, 1751-1836
Creator: Gallatin, Albert, 1761-1849
Title: John Jacob Astor Collection
Dates: 1798-1799, 1816
Abstract: The John Jacob Astor Collection, 1798-1799, 1816, consists of two signed receipts to William Irving and a 1816 letter from Astor to President James Madison.
Accession No.: 2011-203
OCLC No.:
Extent: 1/4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Waldorf, Germany, John Jacob Astor (1763-1848) immigrated to the United States in 1784 and became a successful fur trader and real estate dealer in New York City. In 1785, he married Sarah Todd, with whom he had five children. Astor established the American Fur Company in 1808, which exported furs from the Great Lakes and Canada to Europe. In the early 1800s, Astor began purchasing and developing land on Manhattan Island. At the time of his death in 1848, he was the wealthiest person in the United States.

Source: “John Jacob Astor Biography.” Encyclopedia of World Biography. Accessed August 2, 2011. http://www.notablebiographies.com/An-Ba/Astor-John-Jacob.html.


Scope and Contents

The John Jacob Astor Collection, 1798-1799, 1816, consists of two signed receipts to William Irving, the brother of Washington Irving, and a November 1816 letter from Astor to President James Madison concerning a transmit of payment from France to the United States from Albert Gallatin, former Senator and Minister to France.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Astor, John Jacob, 1763-1848 -- Archives.
Irving, William, 1766-1821
Madison, James, 1751-1836
Gallatin, Albert, 1761-1849
Places
United States -- History -- 1783-1865 -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Jacob Astor Collection, 1798-1799, 1816, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Evan Usler, August 2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4B414 Letter and receipts, 1798-1799, 1816