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Manuscript Collection No. 257
Stephen Girard (1750-1831), born in Bordeaux, France, immigrated to Philadelphia in 1776. He was a businessman, maritime trader, and philanthropist whose purchase of government bonds during the War of 1812 provided economic support for the military campaigns of the United States. Girard bequeathed his fortune to social welfare institutions and the Stephen Girard College in Philadelphia.
Business correspondence with prominent Jewish merchants (Girard himself was not Jewish) from 1789-1829 pertaining to his shipping company as well as political and philanthropic issues.
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The Stephen Girard Papers are open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
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Persons and Families
Girard, Stephen, -- 1750-1831
Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia