The Cooper-Hewitt Dynasty of New York

Guerin, Polly (Book)
The Cooper-Hewitt Dynasty of New York
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Peter Cooper believed that he owed a debt to the city that had made him a rich man. During the nineteenth century, he made his fortune in industry and his name in politics, and he always felt a strong compulsion to give back to New York. His greatest achievement was the establishment of The Cooper Union, which allowed students from all walks of life to study science and art and is still providing those opportunities today. Cooper instilled this sense of obligation in his children and his business partner and son-in-law, Abram Hewitt. Abram’s daughters—remarkable women ahead of their time—fulfilled their grandfather’s dream of opening a museum, which became the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, today part of the Smithsonian Institution. Discover this amazing story of wealth and generosity, politics and integrity and family and community that could have only unfolded in New York.

Authors: Guerin, Polly
Statement of Responsibility: Polly Guérin
Title: The Cooper-Hewitt dynasty of New York
Characteristics: 158 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Contents: Peter Cooper : first citizen of old New York
Abram Stevens Hewitt : America's foremost private citizen
The Hewitt sisters : the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration
Subject Headings: Cooper, Peter, 1791-1883 Cooper, Peter, 1791-1883 Family Hewitt, Abram S. (Abram Stevens), 1822-1903 Hewitt, Abram S. (Abram Stevens), 1822-1903 Family Businessmen New York (State) New York Biography Philanthropists New York (State) New York Biography Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration History New York (N.Y.) History 1775-1865 New York (N.Y.) History 1865-1898 New York (N.Y.) History 1898-1951
Topical Term: Businessmen
LCCN: 2012045299
ISBN: 9781609498603
Branch Call Number: 361.7409 G
Research Call Number: IRGC 13-4630
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June 27th. This illustrated lecture showcases the lives of Peter Cooper, Abram Hewitt and their kin as a quintessentially New York story of family, philanthropy and legacy. Discover an amazing story of wealth and generosity, politics and integrity, and family and community which could have only u... Read More »

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