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Darius Ogden Mills

banker , financier

Darius Ogden Mills, American banker, financier.


Mills, Darius Ogden was born on September 25, 1825 in N. Salem, New York, United States. Son of James and Hannah (Ogden) Mills.


Educated at N. Salem Academy and at Mount Pleasant Academy, Sing Sing, New York.


James Cunningham, New York, September 5, 1854. Was a clerk in New York. Cashier Merchants’ Bank of Erie Company, Buffalo, 1847-1849.

Went to California in 1849. Became merchant and dealer in exchange, Sacramento, and founded bank of D. O. Mills & Company. President Bank of California, San Francisco, 1864-1867.

After it was wrecked by his successor again took charge of it until 1878, placing it on a sound basis. Regent and treasurer University of California, 1868-1880, and founded Mills professorship of moral and intellectual philosophy. One of first trustees of Lick estate and Lick Observatory, California Since 1880 in New York.

Built Mills Building, New York. Also system of hotels where meals and lodgings are furnished respectable men at nominal prices. Training school for male nurses, etc.

Chairman of the executive committee Fordham Home for Incurables. Trustee Carnegie Institution (Washington), Tribune Fresh Air Fund, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum Natural History, American Geography Society. President New York Botanical Garden.

Home: New York, New York.


Married Jane Templeton, d.

James Mills

Hannah (Ogden) Mills

Jane Templeton