By Charles Margerison
As you stroll round manhattan urban, you're touring within the footsteps of fantastic humans together with George Washington, Mark Twain, Sojourner fact, Irving Berlin, John D. Rockefeller, and Susan B. Anthony. of their alternative ways, they made significant contributions to big apple, making town what it truly is today.A urban journey in contrast to the other, notable humans of latest York takes you on a desirable trip in the course of the historical past of 1 of the world's so much visited towns. you are going to meet those that contributed to the track, the company, the struggle for civil rights, the shipping and different very important features of the city's lifestyles. Come head to head with iconic figures linked to what John Fitzgerald referred to as "The manhattan" via BioViews®. A BioView® is a quick biographical tale, just like an interview. those precise tales supply an effective way of studying approximately notable those that made significant contributions and adjusted our international.
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Would our new Stock Market create better conditions? © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 31 Amazing People of New York Alexander Hamilton 1801 Winning the battle for independence was only the beginning Working with George Washington, I led many of our triumphant troops Once the battles were won, we needed to win the peace Therefore, I went to another field of battle Politics is the art of influence and persuasion As the Secretary of the Treasury there were many who tried to seduce me Tough decisions had to be made as resources were scarce But my heart lay elsewhere, in the practice of law A profession that stood between anarchy and destruction Trying to protect the rights of people and property Therefore, I gained entry to the New York Bar in 1783 My attention shifted to building new institutions The coast guard needed strengthening The Revenue Cutter Service was established to collect taxes and duties In 1784, I started the Bank of New York Also work on the National Mint, the first national bank, was commenced An essential organization to finance trade and create employment As well, I served the New York County and State Legislatures Leading me to be at the heart of the founding of our country We needed freedom to disagree The right of free speech was central to our cause Therefore, I championed and funded a newspaper It became known as the New York Evening Post in 1801 The city was growing at a rapid pace There was a need to capture events and inform It was also a way of influencing political debate To that end, I supported the right wing A voice for justice, education and choice Yet, my own voice was questioned A duel with Vice President Burr led to a mortal gunshot wound Emotion had overcome reason Yet, it was reason that I trusted would prevail New York and our country would need it in abundance.
Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 49 Amazing People of New York Cornelius Vanderbilt 1877 My family came to New York from Holland in 1650 As a boy, I was told of the great family tradition Particularly, the family’s contribution to the city and New York State Those stories fired my ideas and added to my ambition Born on Staten Island, I quit school at the age of 11 Work on the ferries enabled me to earn a living By the age of 16, I had my own business Ferrying passengers and freight between Manhattan and Staten Island My mother had lent me some money to get started Once I had a ship, more contracts arrived The Government asked me to supply the forts on the river It was the start of many business deals People called me ‘The Commodore’ By the year 1818, aged 24, I felt it was time to expand My aim was to challenge the Fulton and Livingstone business They had gained a Hudson River monopoly on steamship operations To me that was clearly a restriction on trade The 1824 legal case broke the monopoly I was learning quickly, despite my lack of formal education To succeed it was necessary to use the law and manage money well By 1829, my steam service between Manhattan and Albany was operating In that way, I contributed to the development of New York Good profits were made and I decided to change direction Railroads were becoming more important New York needed lines in and out of the city as the population increased Indeed, my wife and I contributed to that with our thirteen children My plan was to acquire and develop a number of railway lines People said I was too old at the age of 65 to start again That did not stop me The New York and Harlem Railroad was a good asset I bought it in 1862, the first of many The Hudson River Railroad was acquired in 1864 Next, I bought The New York Central Railroad in 1867 Things were moving at a fast pace, in more senses than one © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 50 Amazing People of New York Lines to other major cities were developed I merged New York Central and Hudson River Railroad in 1869 More people were living in the suburbs Traveling to and from work required effective train services Therefore, it was necessary to have one major terminal In 1871, when I was 74, a business deal was done The New York and New Haven Railroad partnership was established A terminal at East 42nd Street was built It was called the Grand Central Depot Later it was renamed to be Grand Central Terminal Also, lines constructed to other cities brought trade and wealth What should I do with so much money?
Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 32 Amazing People of New York © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 33 Amazing People of New York Robert Fulton 1815 Steamboats on the New York rivers made the city prosperous Many people gave me the credit for that It started with a steam engine built in England by Watt and Boulton This reached New York in 1806 At Charles Browne’s shipyard in New York, we built a vessel The North River Steamboat, later called The Clermont The first commercial paddle steamboat ship Some people called it ‘Fulton’s Folly’ Could it be made commercially successful?