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LORILLARD, Jacob, merchant, born in New York city in 1774; died there, 20 September, 1838. He was of French descent on his father's and German on his mother's side. His early education was meagre, but he supplied the deficiency by night study. He was apprenticed when a boy to a tobacconist, and for many years was engaged in the leather business, yet in later life he devoted his energies mainly to the interests of the Mechanics' bank, which, while its president, he twice delivered from serious embarrassment. He invested the profits of his business largely m real estate in New York city. Mr. Lorillard was unostentatiously liberal to the poor, often assisted struggling traders with credit, and once mortgaged his property to save a friend from financial ruin. He was president of the German society, a trustee of the General theological seminary of the Protestant Episcopal church, and an officer in many commercial, benevolent, and religious associations.--His nephew, Pierre, born in New York city, provided, jointly with the French government, the means for archaeological explorations by Desire Charnay in Central America, which resulted in the discovery of the ruins of Toltec cities. He also founded Tuxedo Park, a suburban retreat in Orange county, New York, combining the advantages of landscape-gardening with facilities for country sports.
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