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Author Oppenheimer, Margaret A, author.

Title The remarkable rise of Eliza Jumel : a story of marriage and money in the early republic / Margaret A. Oppenheimer.

Publication Info. Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 JUMEL,E OPP    Available
Edition First edition.
Description xi, 347 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
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Bibliography Includes bibliogrpahical references and index.
Summary "Born Betsy Bowen into grinding poverty, the woman who became Eliza Jumel was raised in a brothel, indentured as a servant, and confined to a workhouse when her mother was in jail. Yet by the end of her life, "Madame Jumel" was one of America's richest women, with servants of her own, a New York mansion and Saratoga Springs summer home, a major art collection, and several hundred acres of land. During her remarkable rise, she acquired a fortune from her first husband--a French merchant--and almost lost it to her second--notorious vice president Aaron Burr. Divorcing Burr amid lurid charges of adultery, Jumel lived on to the age of 90, astutely managing her property and public persona. After her death, a titanic battle over her estate went all the way to the United States Supreme Court--twice. Family members told of a woman who earned the gratitude of Napoleon I and shone at the courts of Louis XVIII and Charles X. Claimants to her estate painted a different picture: of a prostitute, the mother of George Washington's illegitimate son, a wife who defrauded her husband and perhaps even plotted his death. Eliza Jumel's real story--so unique that it surpasses any invention--has yet to be told, until now. "-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Jumel, Eliza Bowen, 1775?-1865.
Jumel, Stephen, 1755-1832.
Married women -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
French Americans -- New York (State) -- Biography.
Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836.
Politicians' spouses -- United States -- Biography.
Socialites -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Businesswomen -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Jumel, Eliza Bowen, 1775?-1865 -- Family.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1775-1865 -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9781613733806 (hardback)
1613733801 (hardback)

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