A Classification of American Wealth
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   Stephen Girard : Philadelphia's leading shipping merchant  

Girard resumed the shipping trade with New Orleans and Santo Domingo, starting a partnership with his brother Captain John Girard a few years later. The brothers did not get along very well and in 1790 the partnership was dissolved, leaving Stephen with two ships and cargo worth 30'000 $, his share of the venture. By sheer luck, these two vessels soon became the instruments of another great stroke by which Stephen Girard built his fortune


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