Minturn, Robert Bowne

MERCHANT (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)
BORN 16 Nov 1805, New York City, New York - DIED 9 Jan 1866, New York City, New York
GRAVE LOCATION New York City, New York: Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, Riverside Drive 770 (Between 153th and 155th Street)

Robert Bowne Mintum was born into a family of shipping merchants. After his father died he had to leave school. He worked as a clerk for Charles Green and became his partner in 1825. His sister Sarah married Henry Grinnel and he entered the Fish and Grinnel company in 1830. It was soon renamed to Grinnel & Minturn and grew rapidly.

In 1835 he married Anna Mary Wendell, the daughter of a partner in another company. His company made him rich but by 1848 he felt overworked and embarked on an tour of Europe and Egypt.

Back in America he was involved in many charity projects and he donated land for Central Park in New York City. In 1851 his company became the owner of the famous clipper "Flying Cloud" that was much faster than other ships from that time. Minturn was a fierce opponent of slavery. Minturn, Colorado was named after his son Robert.

Sources
Robert Bowne Minturn - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Robert Bowne Minturn at Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, New York City.
Picture by Androom (17 Apr 2010)

 


Mira, Brigitte

Published: 29 Oct 2010
Last update: 29 Oct 2010