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


 Part 1 : Colonial and Mercantile America  Part 2 : America in the Gilded Age
 Part 3 : America in the Twentieth Century  Encyclopedia of American Wealth

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Part 1 : Colonial and Mercantile America

Chapter 1 :  Patroons and Manor Lords  - the landed gentry of New York     (  2 pages -free )
    The Van Rensselaers - the richest family of New Netherland
            
The Van Rensselaers - mighty patroons of Rensselaerswyck       ( 4 pages )
             The Greenbush line of Van Rensselaers from Claverack       ( 1 page )
    The Livingstons - manor lords, economic factors and statesmen
             Robert Livingston 1st   and the building of the Manor       ( 2 pages)
             Philip Livingston’s line - Lords of the Manor       ( 3 pages
)
             Robert Livingston and the Clermont line      ( 4 pages
)
           
 Other Livingstons and their descendants ( 3 pages )
             Livingstons and American aristocracy ( 8 pages)
             Livingston pioneers in American transportation ( 2 pages free + 8 pages )
    Other manor lords and related families
             The Morrises of Morrisania      
( 3 pages)

Chapter 2 :  A Southern aristocracy of planters     ( 2 pages - free )
     The settlement of Virginia and emergence of a planter aristocracy ( 4 pages )
    The first American revolution : Nathaniel Bacon's rebellion
( 5 pages )
   
 Slavery - boon and bane of the Antebellum South ( 13 pages )
    The Carters of Corotoman  -  richest dynasty of Virginia       ( 2 pages )
    The Randolph family : Plantation owners,  Virginia Burgesses 
    and American Statesmen     ( 3 pages)
    Plantation owners and Presidents of the United States of America      ( 3 pages)
                 George Washington
                 Thomas Jefferson
      The Lee family of Virginia : 
                 The Stratford Branch - American Patriots  
( 3 pages)
                 The Leesylvania Branch - Soldiers of the Old South 
( 2 pages)
      The Harrisons of Berkeley One Hundred (coming later)  
     Other dynasties of planters and politicians
                 The Hairstons of Virginia, North Carolina and Mississippi (family profile)
                 The Langhornes - A First family of Virginia  
( 4 pages - free )

Chapter 3 : Shipping merchants     ( 2 pages - free )
    Brahmin families from Salem to Boston
                 Salem shipping merchants 
   ( 3 pages )
                 Boston merchant dynasties
     ( 2 pages )
                 The Cabots : from the wharves of Salem  to Boston Society

   
The China traders     (1 free )
                 The House of Perkins 1 : J & T.H. Perkins      ( 3 pages )
                 The House of Perkins 2 : the Cushing and Sturgis branches     ( 4 pages
)
                 The House of Perkins 3 : the Forbes clan      ( 2 pages
)
                 Russell & Co
                 Other Canton firms
    Merchants of New York City
                 The Costers and the Griswolds     
 ( 3 pages )
                 Howland & Aspinwall      ( 4 pages
)
           
    W.R.Grace - the last old type shipping merchant
     Merchants from Philadelphia, Baltimore and other cities

Chapter 4 : The Landlords of New YorkCity      ( 2 pages - free )
    The Astors
             
John Jacob Astor (1763-1848) : the richest man in America       ( 2 pages 
)
             William Backhouse Astor and his sons : worthy successors     ( 3 pages 
)
             The  English Astors of Cliveden and Hever   
 ( 3 pages )
          The Goelets     ( 3 pages )

Chapter 5 : Bankers   Part 1 : Bankers of the Early Republic    ( 3 pages - free )
            Robert Morris – financier of the American Revolution     ( 3 pages )
            Stephen Girard – America’s richest shipping merchant and   

            foremost private banker      ( 4 pages )
            Nicholas Biddle – the most powerful man in the US after the president (profile)
            Alexander Brown and his sons – the leading banking family in
            pre-civil-war America
 ( 4 pages )
         The Brown Brothers in transportation : packet lines and railroads  ( 4 pages )
            Other Antebellum American banking houses

Chapter 6 : Early Industrialists     ( 2 pages - free )
       Introduction of the textile mills in New England
                               
Samuel Slater and Arkwright continuous spinning      ( 2 pages )
                               
Francis Cabot Lowell and the power loom     ( 3 pages )
      Phelps Dodge & Co metal traders, mining magnates and industrialists 
                               
The Phelps Dodge dynasty 1 : Anson Greene Phelps      ( 3 pages )
                               
The Phelps Dodge dynasty 2 : William Earl Dodge     ( 6 pages)
      Rise of  Connecticut as the armory of the nation     ( 6 pages )
     The Du Ponts of Wilmington Delaware  (coming later)

Part 2 : America in the Gilded Age

Introduction      ( 9 pages - free )

Chapter 7 : The Mining Bonanza Kings     ( 3 pages - free )
    The California Gold Rush – placer mining on the mother lode
    The Silver Kings of Nevada’s Comstock Lode
                The Comstock Lode – discovery and first bonanza (1859-1864)       ( 3 pages )
                The Comstock Lode – William Sharon and the Bank of  California  ( 6 pages )
                Rise of the Silver KingsFair, Flood, Mackay and O'Brien  ( 4 pages )
                Rise of the Silver KingsThe Hale & Norcross coup  ( 2 pages )
                Rise of the Silver KingsThe Consolidated Virginia and California mines  ( 3 pages )

    Mining fortunes in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, the Dakotas and Montana (coming later)

Chapter 8 : The Railroad Barons     ( 2 pages - free )
    First consolidation -  the New York Central     ( 3 pages)
    The Vanderbilt dynasty
                Commodore Vanderbilt - shipping magnate and railroad tycoon       ( 4 pages)
                William Henry Vanderbilt - the inception of the Vanderbilt dynasty    
( 3 pages  )
                The main heirs - Cornelius Vanderbilt II genesis
       ( 5 pages)
                The main heirs - William Kissam Vanderbilt genesis    
( 4 pages  )

       The Transcontinental railroad      ( 2 pages - free )
                
Union Pacific and Credit Mobilier   
 ( 8 pages )
             Union Pacific Eastern Division     ( 1 )
                 The Central Pacific and the Pacific Quartet 
    ( 15 pages )

Chapter 9 : Retailers and Merchant Princes  ( 3 pages - free )
      
Rise of the department store moguls
          
    Alexander Turney Stewart and the first large store in New York City ( 6 pages )
          
    The Wanamakers - from Philadelphia to New York ( 11 pages )
               Marshall Field & Company in Chicago ( 18 pages )
               Rowland Hussey Macy - genesis of a department store ( 4 pages )
                Sequence at Macy's in New York - the Straus Family (coming later)
                Jewish merchant princes in America (coming later)
       The chain store tycoons (coming later)
       The story of mail order merchandising (coming later)

Chapter 10 : The Bankers II - Banking dynasties of the Gilded Age ( 5 pages free ) 
     
Jay Cooke : Rise and Fall of a Banking Grandee
                   
Jay Cooke -  Financier of the Union (6 pages)
      
             Jay Cooke and the Northern Pacific Railroad (6 pages)
     
The House of Morgan (coming later)

      Jewish banking houses in America ( 2 pages free )
                   
A short introduction about the Rothschilds (4 pages)
                   
August Belmont & Company (10 pages)
                   
J. & W. Seligman & Company (12 pages)
                   
Kuhn, Loeb & Company (12 pages)

                   Other Jewish banking houses (coming later)
     
The great national banks : National City, First National and Chase National (coming later)
     
The Mellons of Pittsburgh (coming later)
     
A. P. Gianinni : Banker of America (coming later)

Chapter 11 : The Trusts  ( 4 pages - free )
     A list of major industrial trusts or corporations organized between 1882 and 1904   
( 1 )
     A list of other industrial trusts or corporations organized between 1882 and 1904   
 ( 1 )
The rise of Standard Oil, John Davison Rockefeller and his associates
       Rise of a Baptist capitalist : John Davison Rockefeller   
( 6 pages )
       Birth of the Standard Oil Company 
  ( 7 pages )
       Standard Oil : the Trust Agreement of 1882  
 ( 6 pages )
       The Standard Oil families    (
1 )
The Dukes of American Tobacco    
( 6 pages )
Kings and Princes of Steel
- Introduction ( 4 pages - free )
Rise of the Carnegie Steel Empire
       
Andrew Carnegie : from an investment in iron to a kingdom in steel
( 14 pages )
      
Henry Clay Frick : the consolidation of the Carnegie Steel Company
( 16 pages )
Consolidation in the steel industry
      
Illinois Steel
( 7 pages )
      
The Wire Trust (Gates)
( 12 pages )
      
The Moore Brothers and the Tin Plate Kings
( 8 pages )
     
 J.P. Morgan’s hand : Federal Steel, National Tube and American Bridge
( 12 pages )
      
Creation of the United States Steel Corporation
( 11 pages )
Sequence in the Steel Kings’ lives (coming later)

Chapter 12 : Utility Tycoons   ( 3 pages - free ) 
Telegraph and Telephone : two new means of distant communication (coming later)
       Samuel F. B. Morse and the beginnings of the telegraph
       Convergence of the telegraph companies into Western Union
       Western Union’s drive to monopoly
       Bell’s invention and the rise of the telephone trust
The street railway tycoons who controlled Philadelphia , New York and Chicago
       Union Traction and the Philadelphia Rapid Transit system   ( 6 pages )
       The Elkins-Widener Family  
( 6 pages)
       The Metropolitan Street Railway system in New York  
( 7 pages )
       The Payne-Whitney Family  
( 12 pages )
       The Ryan Family   ( 8 pages )
Public lighting, gas works and electricity (coming later)
 

Part 3 : The Twentieth Century

Chapter 13 :
Automobile and Aviation  ( 5 pages - free )

The Selden Patent - case of a failed monopoly (coming later)
The Ford Story
        Part I : The rise of Henry Ford ( 15 pages ) 
        Part II : Edsel Ford and his children - an automotive dynasty (coming later)
General Motors
       William Crapo Durant - the founder of General Motors ( 18 pages ) 
       The GM Crowd - multi-millionaire executives (coming later)
Other automobile tycoons (coming later) :
       The Dodge Brothers and their legacy
       Walter Percy Chrysler - founder of the Big Third
       John North Willys' empire
       The Studebakers : from wagon makers to automobile manufacturers
       Packard - rise and fall of an automotive institution
       CharlesW. Nash - successful independent
       The Chapins - from Hudson to American Motors
       Errett Lobbean Cord - latecomer among the founders

Chapter 15 : From Wildcatters to Oil Barons  ( 3 pages - free )
Spindletop and the formation of Texas Big Four : 
       
Gulf, Texaco, Humble and Magnolia (coming later)
The Hunts : Texas' richest oil barons
       Haroldson Lafayette Hunt ( 15 pages ) 
        The Hunt Brothers - a mega failure (coming later)
The Gettys
       Jean Paul Getty  ( 20 pages )
    
  The Getty family and legacy (coming later)
Other oil barons (coming later)

Chapter 18 : Hail to the CEOs  (5 pages - free)
Billionaire CEOs  (10 pages)
       Table 1 : Billionaire CEOs
Centimillionaire income CEOs  (9 pages)
       Table 2 : Centimillionaire income CEOs
       Table 3 : CEOs with centimillion dollar exit packages  (2 pages)    
Of good and bad CEOs  (8 pages + 3 tables)
       Table 4 : Top 10 Best CEOs
       Table 5 : Top 10 Worst CEOs
       Table 6 : Scoundrel CEOs
Enron : Climax of executive greed and deception  (12 pages)
Why CEOs are overpaid  (8 pages)
  


Encyclopedia of American Wealth

Encyclopaedia of American Wealth : Index page
UPDATED

Database list of individuals :
Ab . An . Ba . Bi . Br . Ca . Ci . Cu . Da . Di . Du . E - Fa . Fe . Ga . GlHa . He . Ho . I - J . K . La . Li . Ll . Ma . Me . N - O - Q . Pa . Ph . Ra . Ri . Sa . Se . St . T . U - V . Wa .Wh . X - Y - Z

 Lists of Individuals :
    Wealth Classification /  Individuals : 1950 
    Wealth Classification /  Individuals : 1925  
   Wealth Classification /  Individuals : 1900 
   Wealth Classification /  Individuals : 1875 
   Wealth Classification /  Individuals : 1850
  
Wealth Classification /  Individuals : 1825
  
Wealth Classification /  Individuals : 1800

   Wealth Classification /  Individuals : 1775
   Wealth Classification /  Individuals : 1750
   Wealth Classification /  Individuals : 17
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   Wealth Classification /  Individuals : 17
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   Wealth Classification /  Individuals : 1
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 Lists of Families :
  
Wealth Classification / Families  : 1925 
  
Wealth Classification / Families  : 1900 
   Wealth Classification / Families  : 1875 
   Wealth Classification / Families  : 1850

 Historical Lists :
    "America's Sixty Families (1924)"
    (inspired by Ferdinand Lundberg)
    "
The wealthiest Families of the USA (1920)"
    (inspired by Henry H. Klein)

  
Wealth Classification / Forbes List (1918)
    The Pujo List - Money Trust (1912)

    “ Detroit millionaires in 1892 “ 
 
  ( Extract from the Tribune List of American Millionaires in 1892 )
   Social Classification / Mrs Astor's 400 (1891)    
 
Wealth Classification / Forum List (1889) 
 
The Wealthy Citizens of New York (1845) 
  
Virginia's Wealthy One Hundred (1782)
   
The Signers of the Declaration of Independence 


 
Thematic Lists :
    The richest American CEOs (2008)
    Oil Barons (1949)
   
Automobile Tycoons (1919)
   
Retailers - Merchant Princes (1910)
    U.S.Steel Kings (1901)
    Public Utilities Tycoons (1899)
   
Railroad Tycoons (1885)
   
Plantation Owners and Slaveholders (1860)

 Lists of wealthy Americans in Politics and Public Offices :
   "  Wealthy US Presidents "
  
"
 Wealthy candidates to the US presidency "
  
"  Wealthy Vice Presidents of the U.S.A "
 
 "  Wealthy US cabinet members "
   "  Wealthy United States Senators "

 
  "  Wealthy US State Governors "

 Profiles of wealthy Americans :
 
   [ Ames - Cutting ]
     [ Derby - Huntington ]
     [ James - Morris ]
     [ Peabody - Yates ]

Patroons and Manor Lords

Planter  Aristocrats

Shipping Merchants

The Landlords of New YorkCity

Bankers I

Early American Industrialists
 




 
The Mining Bonanza Kings

The Railroad Barons



The Trusts


 

 Profiles of wealthy American families :
      The  Ames  family of Boston, Massachusetts
      The  Astor  family of New York City, New York
      The  Belmont  family of New York City, New York
      The  Brown  family of Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and London, USA and England
      The  Brown-Ives  family of Providence, Rhode Island
      The  Carter  family of Lancaster county, Virginia
      The  Coleman  family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      The  Dodge  family of Detroit, Michigan
      The  Drexel  family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      The  Du Pont de Nemours  family of Wilmington, Delaware
      The  Fisher  family of Detroit, Michigan
      The  Flagler-Harkness  family of Cleveland, Ohio
      The  Ford  family of Dearborn and Grosse Pointe, Michigan
      The  Goelet  family of New York City, New York
      The  Gould  family of New York City, New York
      The  Griswold  family of New York City, New York
      The  Guggenheim  family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      The  Hairston  family of Henry County, Virginia
      The  Harriman  family of New York City, New York
      The  Kuhn-Loeb  family of New York City, New York
      The  Livingston  family of Livingston Manor, New York
      The  Mills  family of San Francisco, Ca. and New York City, New York
      The  Morgan  family of New York City, New York
      The  Morris  family of Morrisania, New York
      The  Payne-Whitney  family of Cleveland, Ohio and Long Island, New York
      The  Perkins  family of Boston, Massachusetts
      The  Phelps-Dodge  family of New York City, New York
      The  Philipse  family of Westchester County, New York
      The  Pratt  family of Brooklyn and Glen Cove L.I., New York
      The  Rockefeller  family of Cleveland, Ohio and New York City, New York
      The  Seligman  family of New York, London, Paris and Frankfurt,
      The  Stuyvesant  family of New York City, New York
      The  Van Rensselaer  family of Rensselaerswyck, New York
      The  Vanderbilt  family of New York City, New York

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