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Borie, Adolph Edward

American, 1809 - 1880


Son of John Joseph Borie, a French immigrant, and his wife, who had fled Santa Domingo during the insurrections there, Borie was born and lived in Philadelphia. Borie was educated at the University of Pennsylvania there and in Paris, after which he embarked upon a mercantile career, acquiring a large fortune through the East India trade. In 1847 he was elected President of the Philadelphia Bank of Commerce, a post which he held for thirteen years. Borie was a strong Republican supporter of President Lincoln, a founding member of the Union Club, and first Vice President of its successor, the Union League. He made the acquaintance of General Grant shortly after the war at the Union League club house in Philadelphia. In March 1869, then President Grant appointed Borie as secretary of the navy, a post which he resigned only a few months later due to ill health. Nonetheless Borie was able to accompany Grant in 1878 on a tour of Asia and China. [Compiled from sources and references recorded on CMS]


Strahan, Edward, ed. Art Treasures of America. 3 vols. c. 1880:I:15+
The New York Times. 6 February 1880:2 [obituary]
Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography. 5 vols. 1888:I:322

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