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Samuel Elbely Gross

capitalist and real estate operator.

Samuel Elbely Gross, American capitalist and real estate operator.


Gross, Samuel Elbely was born on November 11, 1843 in Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of John Custer and Elizabeth (Eberly) Gross.


Descended from John Gross, of Montgomery Company, Pennsylvania, 1745, and Captain John Gross, of the American Revolution. Served in 20th Pennsylvania cavalry in Civil war. Promoted captain, February 17, 1864, for meritorious services.


John Brown, Chicago. Has built 21 towns (suburbs of Chicago) and 10,000 houses, and sold over 40,000 lots. United States court, 1902, sustained his contention that Edmond Rostand’s play, Cyrano de Bergerac, was plagiarized from his comedy, Merchant Prince of Cornville. Commander Illinois Commandery Military Order Foreign Wars and historian-general National Commandery same.

Vice president-general S.A.R. Deputy-governor Society Colonial Wars of the United States. One of Governors Chicago Art.

Institute; president Western Society Army of the Potomac. President Holland Society of Chicago. Director Chicago Relief and Aid Society.


  • Author: Merchant Prince of Cornville (romantic comedy), 1896 R1. Also miscellaneous verse. Residence: 48 Lake Shore Drive.


Clubs: Union League, Chicago, Chicago Athletic Association, Press, Union, Marquette, Washington Park, Claxton, Twentieth Century.


Married January 15, 1874, Emily, d.

John Custer Gross

Elizabeth (Eberly) Gross

January 15