bio's of men who became rich - includes William Niblo and an interesting name, Preserved Fish
Hts Who Became Famous. John Delmonlco's widow is rated at $200.-000. Her husband Is described as the founder of the celebrated catering firm, and Peter, his nephew, who succeeded him, is rated at $100,000. .David Dudley Field, $100,000, is th late celebrated lawyer. Preserved Fish, who was picked up when an infant by some sailors, who found him floating on a raft, and gave him his. unique name. Is rated at $250,000, which he made as a shipping merchant. The Goelets then were AJmle, widow of Peter P., worth $250,XM; George, $100,000; Margaret, widow of Robert R., $100,000, and Peter, son of Almie. rated at $400,000. Francis Hall, senior partner of Francis Hall & Co., proprietors of The Commercial Advertiser and The New York Spectator, is rated at $150,000. Harper Brothers are rated at $500,000. The firm consisted then of James, ex-Mayor of this city: John, Joseph W and Fletcher Harper. They are described as "a Long Island family of respectability." Frederick C. Havemeyer. $100,000, and William F. Havemeyer, $160,000, have very brief mention. U M. Hoffman, $150,000, is described as coming from a German family of great respectability. The first Hoffman here was Anthony, grandfather of L. M. Hoffman. The entire family ts eulogised for possessing brains and almost every other desirable quality of head and heart., " Few cut a larger swath or bigger figure ' In the way of posts and preferment," the biography says. . Jonathan Hunt. $1,000,000, is described simply as a merchant whose business Is at Mobile, and as a bachelor. William Jay, son of Gov. John Jay, Is rated at $150,000. Edward Kellogg, $100,000,- was the projector of Ellzabethport, N. J., which be laid out as a rival of Newark. Joseph Kernochan, $800,000, is described as coming from a poor Irish family. Shep-ard Knapp, $300,000, was the President of the Mechanics' Bank. John I .a Farge, $500,000. was a Frenchman, and once the agent of Joseph Bonaparte while the latter lived In this country. Bonaparte bad lands in Pennsylvania which, he offered to sell at $1 per acre. La Farge, the biography explains, remonstrated at the price, so Bonaparte told blm to buy it himself at $1 per acre and sell it for what he pleased. La Farge accepted the proposition, and made a fortune thereby. He invested heavily in New York City real estate. The Leggett family, many members of which are mentioned, possessed a fortune aggregating nearly $2,000,000. Maturine Livingstone, $100,000,- Is described as a member of the family of Liv ingstones, wnose title to some estates Martin Van Buren tried to invalidate, thus beginning bis career as a lawyer. Daniel Lord, who is called the first merchant in the city, is rated at $150,000. Mrs. James Monroe, widow of President Monroe's nephew, ts rated at $;'00,000. Gouverneur Morris, son of the famous Gouverneur Morris who married the beautiful Miss Randolph of Virginia, got his fortune from bis parents. It is rated at $1 500 000. r. 'Valentine Mott is rated at $250,000. M The Matchless aad Incomparable NIblo." William NIblo,: "the matchless and incomparable NIblo," as he Is called, proprietor of NINO'S Garden, Is rated at $150,000. There is a short hut rollicking biography of the great entertainer. - Courtlandt Palmer Is rated at $500,000, and Anson G. Phelps at the same figure. The latter had a " providential escape " from bankruptcy when his store failed, and after that time distinguished himself by his deeds of charity.