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David Sinton

Born: Jun 26, 1808

Death: Aug 31, 1900

Birthplace: County Armagh

Nationality: United States

David Sinton

Date of Birth : Jun 26, 1808
Date of Death : Aug 31, 1900
Birth Place : County Armagh

David Sinton was a pig-iron industrialist, born in County Armagh, Ireland, who became one of the wealthiest people in America. Sinton was the son of linen manufacturer John Sinton, of Unshinagh, a Quaker, and Mary McDonnell. The family came to America, from Ireland, and settled at Pittsburgh when he was three years of age. Sinton had one brother and two sisters. A man of "irregular education", his business interests centered on the manufacture of iron; the location of his furnaces was Lawrence County, Ohio. Much of his fortune was made by stockpiling pig iron, waiting for the American Civil War and the selling that iron on at inflated prices. He was described as "a large, strong person with strong common sense, and therefore moves solely on the solid foundation of facts." His residence, at Cincinnati, was the old Longworth mansion on Pike Street, built by Martin Baum early in the 19th century. Mr. Sinton's only surviving child, Annie, was the wife of Charles Phelps Taft, editor of the Times-Star and brother of William Howard Taft; Sinton money was said to have financed the presidential bid. He was the great-grandfather of First World War flying ace David Sinton Ingalls.

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