A Classification of American Wealth
History and genealogy of the wealthy families of America - Sponsors

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   Alexander Brown and his sons -
 the leading banking family in pre-civil-war America  

1800, an Irish immigrant with a very common name but uncommon business acumen came to America with the intention to expand his fortune. Unlike most Irish immigrants who would follow him later, Alexander Brown was already a successful linen trader in Belfast, before he decided that he could do even better in America. Brown settled in Baltimore, essentially because his younger brother Stewart Brown had already established a general merchandise business there, three years before him. Baltimore, then a city of 


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