The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel

The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel

A Story of Marriage and Money in the Early Republic

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"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" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781613733806
1613733801
Characteristics: xi 347 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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