Girard, Stephen  (1750 – 1831)
American Businessman and Philanthropist. Born in Bordeaux, France. In 1812 he founded the Bank of Stephen Girard to take over business of the Bank of the United States and later aided in establishing the Second Bank of the United States. Starting as a cabin boy on a trading ship to Haiti; he amassed a fortune in shipping, then shifted his attention to real estate, insurance, and banking. During the War of 1812 he averted a financial crisis with the help of John Jacob Astor by underwriting most of a war loan to the government.
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letter to L. Arcambal (date is obscured) Stephen Girard
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