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Thomas Mellon and His Times
     

Thomas Mellon and His Times

by Thomas Mellon, Paul Mellon (Illustrator), David McCullough (Illustrator)
 

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Readers will find his thoughts still fresh, providing much detail about the explosively expanding U.S. economy after the Civil War."--Wall Street Journal

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Readers will find his thoughts still fresh, providing much detail about the explosively expanding U.S. economy after the Civil War."--Wall Street Journal

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Booknews
A memoir by the founder of one of America's great fortunes, first published privately in 1885. Born in Ulster of Scotch-Irish heritage, Mellon emigrated to the US at the age of five, was raised on a farm near Pittsburgh, and became a successful judge, banker, and entrepreneur who caught the tide of the American economy in the second half of the 19th century. His autobiography proves that, unlike most other American entrepreneurs of his time, he was highly literate and an excellent narrative writer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Jay Freeman
Although his sons, particularly Andrew Mellon, are better known to the general public, it was Thomas Mellon who laid the basis for one of the great fortunes of the early-twentieth-century U.S. He was born in 1813 in Ireland's Ulster province and immigrated with his family to America at the age of five. When he was 17, he rejected his father's plans to set him up as a yeoman farmer and launched his own plans, which led to his brilliant career as a jurist, banker, and businessman. In 1885 Mellon published his autobiography, primarily for the benefit of his progeny rather than for the general public. Until this reissuance by the University of Pittsburgh Press, the complete text was not readily available. Mellon lived through the massive territorial and economic expansion of America, as well as the Civil War, and yet provides few insights into the great events that swirled around him. In his personal observations, he often comes across as a poster boy for the politically incorrect: Indians are lazy and untrustworthy, and the poor deserve their poverty because they won't work to escape it. However, as a memoir of one man's personal journey from the Old World to the New and from an agrarian to an industrial society, Mellon's story is compelling, often surprisingly touching, and a valuable piece of Americana.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822937777
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Series:
Regional Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
478
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.74(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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