John Jacob Astor

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John Jacob Astor
Born Johann Jakob Astor
17 July 1763(1763-07-17)
Walldorf, Electoral Palatinate, Holy Roman Empire
Died 29 March 1848 (84)
New York City, New York
Known for Founder of the wealthy Astor family of New York; fur trader; real estate mogul; opium peddler

John Jacob Astor (July 17, 1763 - March 29, 1848) was a Palatine-born American merchant of Lombardic origin who amassed the first major fortune in the United States through his business activities as the American Fur Company and his private acquisition of New York real estate.


The Astor Fortune

Captain Kidd's Treasure

Re: Franklin Head's claim that the Astor fortune began with John Jacob Astor's recovery of Captain Kidd's buried treasure at Deer Isle, Maine.