Jonathan Sturges- Merchant of Old New York

Robin McPhillips

Gems of History Publishing, LLC

33 Office Park Rd A-#151

Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


     His Work

His Legacy

Born and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, he lived from 1802-1874, through many of the critical events of our time, War of 1812, opening of the Erie Canal, rise of the Hudson River School of Art, 1835 Manhattan Fire, National Bank Failures, evolution of horse cart to railway transportation. Election of Lincoln, Civil War, Grant election, introduc-tion of "Greenbacks", Tweed Ring of cor-ruption, etc.

Going door to door on Front Street in New York City he was hired by a Merchant firm led by Luman Reed, becoming a member of the most elite class of businessmen in the world.  He became a recognized man of un-questioned integrity and business acumen and invested his capital into many major business endeavors. 

Jonathan became an instant legend upon his death and those who knew him were holding his life as the example of hard work, integrity and probity 40 years later. His "country home" still stands today on Mill Plain Road in Fairfield, Connecticut.   Jonathan Sturges has been a man lost to history- until now.

His Life

Descended from an old New England family but a self-made man, his grandfather was a Congressman serving  during George Washington's time. He was a merchant, banker, railroad incorporator, nationally recognized art patron and collector, insurance director, civic leader, founding member/incorporator of  New York's Union League Club, Century Club, Hospital of the Ruptured and Crippled (now Hospital for Special Surgery), U.S. Sanitary Commission (forerunner of Red Cross) Tweed Ring buster, champion of African Americans and Native Indians, evangelical Christian, Philanthropist, family man, Father-in-Law of J.P. Morgan. Friend and associate of Presidents, Generals, Cabinet Members, Civic and Religious Leaders. Jonathan Sturges was simply an American Icon.

Book released for sale April 8, 2019.
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