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1 pages; A steel engraved portrait of David Hostetter extracted from Cushing's History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Including its Early Settlement... also Portraits of Some of its Prominent Men. Chicago: A. Warner & Co., 1889. The portrait measures 10" by 7" with the image and facsimile autograph centered; protective tissue guard in place. David Hostetter (1819–1888) was an American businessman and banker, born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1819. In 1836 he began working in a dry goods store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and after only seven years, he endeavored to open his own store. In 1850, he moved to California for the California Gold Rush, and started a grocery business there. Unfortunately, he lost everything in one of the fires for which San Francisco was notorious in the 19th century. He returned to Pennsylvania and earned/raised enough capital to embark on a business he had long planned. With his father, he developed the Hostetter's "Celebrated" Bitters, which became a staple tonic in medicine cabinets across the region and beyond. The company known as Hostetter & Co. produced the bitters which was used as patent medicine by Northern soldiers during the Civil War and also was served in saloons. Hostetter was also a co-founder of the Fort Pitt National Bank, where he served as President for fourteen years; was on the Board of Directors of the Farmers' Deposit National Bank; and was one of the founders of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, the Pittsburgh, McKeesport and Youghiogheny Railroad and the South Pennsylvania Railroad. hrough his many enterprises and activities, Hostetter accrued great wealth and a notable reputation in western Pennsylvania.
Title: DAVID HOSTETTER [Steel Engraved Portrait]
Publisher: Chicago, A. Warner: 1889
Book Condition: Very Good
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 35304
Keywords: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania History David Hostetter Hostetter's "Celebrated" Bitters Bitters Manufacture Patent Medicines