Stephen Girard

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Birthday
20, 1750
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Dec 26, 1831 (81)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
20, 1750
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Dec 26, 1831 (81)

About

American banker and philanthropist who single- handedly delivered the U.S. government from economic disaster during the War of 1812. His name and legacy live in on Philadelphia, where he lived.

Before Fame

He was born in Bordeaux, France to a sea captain father, and he pursued a career as a merchant, settling in Pennsylvania in 1776.

Trivia

He purchased the majority of the stock of the First Bank of the United States in 1811 and subsequently established his own bank, which became the saving grace of the U.S. Government during the War of 1812.

Family Life

He married Mary Lum in the 1770s. Several years later, Lum was institutionalized for severe psychological problems, and Girard became romantically involved with a woman named Sally Bickham.

Associated With

He was named by authors Michael Klepper and Robert Gunther as one of the four wealthiest Americans in history. Only John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and John Jacob Astor possessed greater fortunes than Girard.