Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cancel for May 15: S. F. Johnson & Company

S. F. J. & CO.
MAY   15   1900

S. F. Johnson memorandum of sale for 200 shares of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad

S. F. Johnson's partners included S. Fisher Johnson, Charles W. Miller, and James Lorimer Graham. 

While I have yet to find much interesting or noteworthy to report about this firm, a small New York Times announcement about the wedding of one of the partner's sons tells a small story about New York society and wealth at the time:

From the NYT, February 18, 1916:

"...Among the guests at the cathedral were Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr., Mrs. C. B. Alexander, Mrs. Frank K. Sturges, Mrs. Frederick Neilson, Mr. and Mrs Ashton de Peyster, Mr. Lewis Gouverneur Morris, Mrs. Grenville Kane, Mrs J. Gordon Douglas, Mrs. Karrick Riggs,...and Mrs. Albert Gallatin.

This is a who's who of New York women at the time, including Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr, who needs little elaboration.  Frank K. Sturges was the President of the New York Stock Exchange at the time.  Mrs. Albert Gallatin?  I don't know, but I would assume she was a direct relation of the 4th US Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin, who served from 1801 to 1814.  Lewis Gouverneur Morris was a descendant of Lewis Morris who signed the Declaration of Independence as a representative to the Continental Congress from New York. 

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