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Mellon familylocked

  • Elisabeth Roark
  •  and Claire Brisby

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American family of financiers, collectors, and benefactors.

(b Pittsburgh, PA, March 24, 1855; d Southampton, NY, Aug 27, 1937).

Mellon amassed an almost unprecedented fortune from banking and developing varied businesses, including Alcoa, Gulf Oil, and Koppers, and in the later 1890s he began to purchase art, creating an unmatched collection of Western masterpieces. After serving as Secretary of the Treasury during the Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover administrations, he gave ten million dollars and his art collection to establish the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC....

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