Alexander Turney Stewart
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How Alexander Turney Stewart came from Ireland to America, opened his store,
got married and succeeded as a dry goods merchant in New York.
... Alexander Turney Stewart was born in Lisburn, Anterim county, near Belfast Northern Ireland on October 12, 1803. He lost his
father, a farmer, early in life and was reared by his maternal grandfather, John
Turney, a well-to-do linen trader, who endowed his grandson with a knack for merchandising, as well as a significant inheritance worth some $3500, when he died in 1820. The precocious seventeen year young man, who had studied ancient Greek and Roman history at University of Belfast and Trinity College at Dublin, consequently left Ireland for New York, where he ...