John Pintard, Jr., merchant, philanthropist

John Pintard, Jr. (1759 – 1844) was a merchant and philanthropist. He was born in NY and orphaned by 18 months. He was raised by his uncle, Lewis Pintard, and attended grammar school in Hempstead, New York. He attended the university that would eventually become Princeton, but left school to join the patriot forces when the British arrived in New York. He went on various expeditions to harass the enemy. He served as deputy commissary of prisoners at New York. He was rated as one of the most successful merchants in NYC when in 1792 he lost his fortune by engaging with William Duer in Alexander Hamilton’s scheme to… Read More

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Harmon Hendricks, copper merchant

Harmon Hendricks (1846–1928) was a prominent member of the Sephardic Jewish community in New York and a pioneer in the American copper industry. He served as  the president of the Hendricks Brothers copper trading company. He was vice chairman of the board of trustees for the Museum of the American Indian. Mr. Hendricks and his brother-in-law Simon Isaacs, were the NYC representatives of Paul Revere’s copper and metal company in Boston. Around 1812, Isaac & Hendricks set up their own copper rolling factory in Bellville, NJ, where they supplied copper boilers for a number of ships and for the Savannah, the first steamship ever to cross the… Read More

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Martha Carrick, wholesaler

Martha Carrick, wholesaler. Martha started as a general merchant in the early years of British New York. She along with many other female merchants generally sold dry goods and millinery (household goods and clothes). Many of the female shop owners were widows of sea captains and merchants. Ms. Carrick was so successful that she moved in a “store” and became a wholesaler of goods. One of the most successful early female entrepreneurs in the early city. She was not the only successful woman merchant in the 1750s and 60s, Frances Willet had a shop on Wall street that sold sugar… Read More

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