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Frederick W. Tilton
American businessman

Frederick W. Tilton

Frederick W. Tilton
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Intro American businessman
Was Businessperson
From United States of America
Field Business
Gender male
Birth 1821, Portsmouth, USA
Death 1890, New Orleans, USA (aged 69 years)
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Frederick William Tilton (c. 1821 – June 6, 1890) was a New Orleans, Louisiana, businessman and philanthropist who endowed the F. W. Tilton Library at Tulane University.

Tilton was born in the coastal city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Timothy Tilton and the former Clarissa Wheeler. He was educated at Pittsfield Academy and by private tutoring. While he was still a teenager, Tilton formed a friendship with Henry Van Wart, a hardware manufacturer in Birmingham, England.

Tilton moved to New Orleans in 1840 and worked for a time in a hardware business before he became Van Wart's agent. He married the former Caroline Stannard; they had no children. Though he was of northern extraction, Tilton supported the Confederacy during the Civil War. He went to Britain to purchase arms. Most of his property was seized by Union troops when they occupied New Orleans under General Benjamin Butler of Massachusetts.

Thereafter, Tilton rebuilt his fortune as an importer of railroad iron. He was a patron of the arts and contributed to many cultural organizations. Before he died, Tilton expressed a desire to assist Tulane University. After his death, Mrs. Tilton donated funds for the Tulane library which bears her husband's name. The cornerstone of the library was laid on June 8, 1901, and the structure was completed in 1903.

The Tiltons are buried in Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 22 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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