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Drexel, Joseph W. (Joseph William), 1833-1888


  • [Joseph W. Drexel was a banker, philanthropist and book collector. Through his father, Francis Martin Drexel, he became a partner in the firm Drexel & Co. and later with Drexel, Morgan & Co. Retiring at age 40, he devoted the remainder of his life to philanthropic pursuits. He amassed a collection of music and books concerning music which was willed to the Lenox Library after his death; it is now the Drexel Collection, a part of the New York Public Library's Music Division.]

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    • Joseph William
  • Variants

    • Drexel, Jos. W., 1833-1888
    • Drexel, Joseph Wilhelm, 1833-1888
    • Drexel, Joseph William, 1833-1888
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    • found: New York Times, March 26, 1888:page 1 (Joseph W. Drexel dead; son of Francis Martin Drexel; taken into partnership with the father's company Drexel & Co. of Philadelphia; his two elder brothers, Francis and Anthony J.; became associated with the firm Drexel, Morgan & Co., in 1871; acquired a vast fortune being a partner with Drexel & Co. (Philadelphia), J.S. Morgan & Co. (London), Drexel, Harjies & Co., (Paris), and Drexel, Morgan & Co. (New York); had been a a third owner of the Philadelphia Ledger with his brother Anthony J. and George W. Childs; was a trustee of 11 banks, founder of Garfield National Bank; connected with many literary, benevolent and other associations; president of the New-York Philharmonic Society, a director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Academy of Natural Sciences, Society for the Improvement of the Condition of the Poor, Sanitary Society of New York, New-York Historical Society, Geographical Society, Historical Society of Saratoga, numerous charitable activities)
    • found: In the Supreme Court in and for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania between Joshua Spering, assignee, and Drexel, and others; in equity; the separate answer of Stephen Coulter, [1868?](Joseph W. Drexel).
    • found: Bust by John Quincy Adams Ward, 1889, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts:engraved on base (Joseph W. Drexel)
    • found: Catalogue of Jos. W. Drexel's musical library, Philadelphia, 1869
    • found: Mozart, W.A. Quintette(Signature on his personal copy: Jos. W. Drexel)
    • found: DNB(Drexel, Joseph William, 1833-1888)
    • found: Rottenberg, D. The man who made Wall Street: Anthony J. Drexel and the rise of modern finance, Philadelphia, 2001:page 244 (Joseph Wilhelm Drexel)
    • found: Wikipedia, accessed 29 March 2013:Joseph William Drexel (b. Jan. 24, 1833 in Philadelphia, Pa.; d. Mar. 25, 1888, in New York, N.Y.)
  • General Notes

    • [Joseph W. Drexel was a banker, philanthropist and book collector. Through his father, Francis Martin Drexel, he became a partner in the firm Drexel & Co. and later with Drexel, Morgan & Co. Retiring at age 40, he devoted the remainder of his life to philanthropic pursuits. He amassed a collection of music and books concerning music which was willed to the Lenox Library after his death; it is now the Drexel Collection, a part of the New York Public Library's Music Division.]
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