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Jacob Tome

Born: Aug 13, 1810

Death: Mar 16, 1898

Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Nationality: United States

Jacob Tome

Date of Birth : Aug 13, 1810
Date of Death : Mar 16, 1898
Birth Place : Pennsylvania

Jacob Tome was an American banker, philanthropist, and politician who died as one of the richest men in the United States. Tome was born in Hanover in southwestern York County, Pennsylvania. He arrived penniless in Port Deposit, Maryland. He invested in a lumber company and railroads, and founded at least four banks. He was Cecil County's first millionaire and its greatest philanthropist, who gave money to colleges, churches, and schools, including the Tome School. He was a Republican and a supporter of Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War. He was a member of Maryland state senate in 1864. In 1871, he ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Maryland. He died of pneumonia in Port Deposit at the age of 87 and was buried there at Hopewell Cemetery. At his death, he owned about $89 million. His widow Evalyn Nesbitt Tome, was the richest woman in the state of Maryland; she later married Joseph Irwin France.

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