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William Russell Grace

William Russell Grace, Irish mayor.


  • Grace, William Russell was born on May 10, 1832 in Queenstown, Cork, Ireland. Son of James and Ellen Mary (Russell) Grace.

  • Education

    • Ran away from school at 14. Worked his way on a sailing vessel to New York. Employed there for 2 years, returned to Ireland on a visit.


    • Went to Callao, Peru, 1850. Became clerk, and, in 1852, partner in firm of Bryce & Company, which later became Bryce, Grace & Company, and afterward Grace Brothers & Company Came to New York, 1865. Organized W. R. Grace & Company.

      In 1891 established the New York and Pacific Steamship Limited company Mayor of New York, 1881-1882 and 1885-1886. In 1897 founded Grace Institute for affording women and girls a practical education in stenography, dressmaking, millinery, domestic science, etc.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    • Married Lillius Gilchrist, September 11, 1859.
    • father: James Grace
    • mother: Ellen Mary (Russell) Grace
    • spouse: Lillius Gilchrist
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    Born March 10, 1832
    Died 1904
    (aged 71)