A Classification of American Wealth
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   The House of Perkins : John Perkins Cushing  

success of John Perkins Cushing in Canton was largely due to the close relationship he developed with Wu Ping-Chien "Howqua II" (1769-1843), the richest and most powerful of the Hong merchants. The third son of Wu Kuo-Jung "Howqua I" (1731-1810), the founder of the firm, Howqua II grew his wealth through his international trading activities to a magnitude which probably made him the richest man on earth at that time. Houqua was head of the Cohong


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