Lenox, James

Lenox, James

▪ American philanthropist and book collector
born Aug. 19, 1800, New York, N.Y., U.S.
died Feb. 17, 1880, New York City

      American philanthropist and pioneer book (book collecting) collector.

      Lenox's father was a wealthy Scottish merchant from whom Lenox inherited several million dollars as well as valuable properties in New York City. A graduate of Columbia College (1818) and a member of the bar, Lenox devoted the bulk of his life to collecting rare books, manuscripts, and art objects and to public and private philanthropy. His special interests in collecting were Bibles, books about North and South America, early Americana, first-person accounts of the great voyages of the age of discovery, and all editions of the works of John Bunyan, William Shakespeare, and John Milton. The collection was originally intended for the use of scholars but in 1870 was made available to the public. In 1895 the Lenox Library (containing about 85,000 volumes), the Astor Library, and the Tilden Foundation were consolidated to become the New York Public Library.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Lenox Hill (Manhattan) — Lenox Hill es un barrio de Manhattan en el Upper East Side. Forma la parte baja del Upper East Side, cercano a Midtown. Aunque se sabe que el barrio bordea la Calle  y la Calle 60, sus límites orientales están en disputa,[1] aunque la… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Lenox Hill — Das Lenox Hill Hospital in der 77th Street …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lenox Hill Hospital — Lenox Hill Hospital, on Manhattan s Upper East Side, is a 652 bed, acute care hospital and a major teaching affiliate of NYU Medical Center. Founded in 1857 as the German Dispensary, today s 10 building Lenox Hill Hospital complex has occupied… …   Wikipedia

  • James Lenox-Conyngham Chichester-Clark — James Jackson Lenox Conyngham Chichester Clark (September, 1884 ndash;31 January, 1933) was a Member of Parliament of the House of Commons of Northern Ireland for South Londonderry from 1929 until his death. His son James Chichester Clark would… …   Wikipedia

  • James Lenox — (19 August 1800 17 February 1880) was an American bibliophile and philanthropist, born in New York City. A graduate of Columbia College, Lenox was a founder of the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. His collection of paintings and books… …   Wikipedia

  • Lenox Library — redirects here. For Lenox Library(Massachusetts) see Lenox Library (Massachusetts)Lenox Library is one of the cornerstones of the New York Public Library. The Lenox Library was founded by James Lenox in 1871 and later transformed along with John… …   Wikipedia

  • James Ford Seale — (born 1936) is a former Ku Klux Klan member charged by the U.S. Justice Department on January 24, 2007, and subsequently convicted on June 14, 2007, with the kidnapping of two African American teenagers in Meadville, Mississippi, in 1964. [ [http …   Wikipedia

  • Lenox Lounge — is a long standing bar in Harlem, New York City. It was founded in 1939 and served as venue for performances by many great jazz artists, including Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. Harlem Renaissance writers James Baldwin and… …   Wikipedia

  • Lenox Lounge — im Jahre 2009 Die Lenox Lounge ist ein Jazzclub in Harlem, New York City[1]. Er wurde 1939 im Art Déco Stil errichtet. Der Club ist in zwei unterschiedliche Bereiche aufgeteilt: Der Bar Room und der sogenannte Zebra Room, dessen Wanddekoration an …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • James Van Der Zee — (June 29, 1886 May 15, 1983) was an African American photographer best known for his portraits of black New Yorkers. He was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Aside from the artistic merits of his work, Van Der Zee produced the most… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.