The Men Who Built Louisville: The City of Progress in the Gilded Age

The Men Who Built Louisville: The City of Progress in the Gilded Age

by Bryan S. Bush


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From 1870 to 1900, Louisville became a larger part of the American Industrial Revolution. The expansion of railroads was a key factor to becoming a center for industry, trade and commerce. Paul Jones Jr. helped the city become a world leader in bourbon production, and Louisville was the largest tobacco manufacturer due to successful brokers like Andrew Graham. John Leather's jean cloth facility was among the most productive in the world. The largest box factory also resided in the city, and Louisville became the banking capital of the South. Author Bryan S. Bush details those behind the massive industry in the City of Progress.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467141253
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 02/25/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,171,138
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Bryan Bush was born in 1966 in Louisville, Kentucky, and has been a native of that city ever since. He has been a member of many different Civil War historical preservation societies; consulted for movie companies and other authors; coordinated with other museums on displays of various museum articles and artifacts; written for magazines such as Kentucky Civil War Magazine, North/South Trader and Back Home in Kentucky; and worked for many different historical sites. Bush has been a Civil War reenactor for fourteen years, portraying an artillerist. For five years, Bush was on the board of directors and curator for the Old Bardstown Civil War Museum and Village: The Battles of the Western Theater Museum in Bardstown, Kentucky. This is Bryan's fourth title with The History Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

1 The Gilded Age in Louisville 13

2 Mayor John G. Baxter Jr. 34

3 The Frantz Family: Tanned Leather 38

4 Candy Manufacturer Frank Menne 42

5 Publisher John P. Morton 45

6 Wholesale Dry Goods and Wholesale Pharmacy Richard A. Robinson John M. Robinson William Meade Robinson Sr. 49

7 Steamboats Captain William C. Hite Captain William W. Hite 57

8 Monuments Michael MacDonald Muldoon 63

9 Hardware Wholesalers William B. Belknap Sr. William R. Belknap Jr. Colonel Morris Belknap 66

10 Pipe Manufacturer Dennis Long 74

11 Plows Beniamin F. Avery 78

12 Chewing Gum John Colgan 83

13 Railroads and More Horatio Dalton Newcomb H. Victor Newcomb 86

14 Andrew Graham: Tobacco 93

15 Thomas Jefferson Sr.: Wholesale Grocer 97

16 Paul Jones Jr.: Bourbon 102

17 Dr. Norvin Green: The Telegraph 105

18 Major John Hess Leathers: Jean Cloth 109

19 James Bridgeford: Stoves 114

20 James Breckinridge Speed: Cement/Telephone/Wool 120

21 James B. Wilder: Druggist 125

22 Dr. John Bull: Sarsaparilla/Real Estate 129

23 Captain Daniel Parr: Real Estate 133

24 Jacob Lindenberger: Financier 138

25 John McFerran: Pork Packer and Father of the Rural School 142

Notes 147

Bibliography 157

About the Author 159

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