Business: Oldest First

John Adams was President of the U. S. when Jacobus Roosevelt opened his Manhattan hardware store in 1797. The hardware business flourished despite the yellow fever that plagued the city the following year and Jacobus Roosevelt took his son Cornelius into partnership. In the course of business Roosevelt & Son found it expedient to discount its customers' notes. Before long it began discounting notes of other hardware merchants. By 1824 the prospering Roosevelts were able to take a hand in founding the Chemical Bank (now Manhattan's potent Chemical Bank & Trust Co.). By...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!