Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Feb 1989
|20 Jan 2009||converted to EAD (LDC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Sage, Russell, 1816-1906.|
|Title:||Russell and Margaret Olivia Sage Letters|
|Quantity:||4 letters (SC)|
|Abstract:||Papers of the Congressman, financier. Four incoming items, two of which are business letters from Platt Smith, the others are personal letters addressed to Mrs. Sage from Kenyon West and B. F. Wheeler.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Russell Sage (1816-1906) was an American politician and financier who served as a U.S. Congressman from 1853-1857.
|1816||Born in Verona, N.Y. on August 4th|
|1840||Married Marie-Henrie Winne on January 23rd|
|1844-1851||Treasurer of Rensselaer County|
|1845-1848||Alderman of Troy|
|1848||Delegate to the Whig National Convention|
|1857||Vice President of the La Crosse Railroad|
|1863||Moved to New York City|
|1869||Married Margaret Olivia Slocum on November 24th|
|1872||Originated stock market "puts and calls"|
|1881||Gained control of the New York City elevated lines along with Jay Gould|
|1884||Lost $7 million in the Panic of 1884|
|1906||Died in Lawrence, N.Y. on July 22nd|
The Russell and Margaret Olivia Sage Letters consists of four incoming items, two of which are addressed to Mrs. Sage. There are two business letters from Platt Smith, one with a reply from Sage at the bottom. The other two items are personal letters to Sage's wife, one from Kenyon West (Mrs. Henry S. Howland), author of Laureates of England from Ben Jonson to Alfred Tennyson, in which she discusses her book. Benjamin F. Wheeler's letter (03 Mar 1897) thanks Mrs. Sage for her hospitality during his recent visit to her home, and documents his travel agenda for his return trip and the days following:
After the banquet at the Fort Grange Club I sat up in company with Major Burbank and Lieut. Gov. Woodruff until it was time to go for my 2 a.m. - had time enough for breakfast and a call on my friend Mr. Tom Osborne, and was back home for afternoon work. After a crowded week I started off again Friday for New York, now more dead than alive am back at work again.
The collection contains one series, Correspondence, which is arranged alphabetically by sender.
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Sage, Margaret Olivia Slocum, 1828-1918.
Sage, Russell, 1816-1906.
Wheeler, B. F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1854-1909.
Capitalists and financiers.
Genres and Forms
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Russell and Margaret Olivia Sage Letters
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
|SC 77||Howland, Henry S. (Mrs.)|
|See West, Kenyon|
|SC 77||Smith, Platt 1855, 185? - with reply from Sage at bottom of page (2 incoming letters)|
|SC 77||West, Kenyon undated (1 incoming letter)|
|SC 77||Wheeler, Benjamin Franklin 1897 (1 incoming letter)|