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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Anthony Bleecker, lawyer and author

Anthony Bleecker (October 1770 – 13 March 1827) was a lawyer and author who was a friend of writer Washington Irving and poet William Cullen Bryant. He was born in New York City, the son of Anthony Lispenard Bleecker, one of the wealthiest and most influential citizens in 18th century New York, and for whom Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village was named. Bleecker graduated from Columbia University (1791) and studied law, but rarely practiced as he was self conscious about speaking in public. For some thirty years he was a contributor of prose and verse to periodicals published in New… Read More

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