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Austin, Moses

Born: 1761 AD
Died: 1821 AD, at 59 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Businessmen


1761 - Born in Durham on the 4th of October.

1784 - Moved to Philadelphia to enter the dry goods business with his brother.

1785 - He married into the affluent iron mining family of Mary Brown.

1796 - In December, Austin and a companion traveled to investigate the Spanish mines.

1798 - The Spanish crown granted to Moses one-league.

         - He moved his family from Austinville and built his home, Durham Hall, an imposing southern-style mansion, in Potosi.

1808 - He founded the town of Herculaneum on the Mississippi River.

1813 - Austin petitioned the territorial legislature to create Washington County, with Potosi as the seat of government.

1820 - On the 11th of March, he was arrested at his house for his nonpayment of his debts.

1821 - Died on the 10th of June.


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