26 February 1829 – 26 September 1902 (Aged 73)
Born in Buttenheim, Bavaria, Germany. Died in San Francisco, California, USA.
Levi Strauss is the man responsible for bringing blue jeans into the world, enabling him to create a fashion empire.
The California Gold Rush provided Strauss with the opportunity to head out west, but instead of searching for gold, he earned his fortune by capitalizing on the needs of the prospectors.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(Women’s Rights Activist)
12 November 1815 – 26 October 1902 (Aged 86)
Born in Johnstown, New York. Died in New York, New York.
Stanton, along with Susan B. Anthony, was an early champion of the women’s rights movement. She was president of the National Woman Suffrage Association for 18 years.
Her ‘Declaration of Sentiments’, was a call to arms for female equality and is credited with initiating the first organized women’s rights and suffrage movements in the United States.
Stanton died of heart failure at her New York home at the age of 86, 18 years before women were granted the right to vote in the United States.
In 1973 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Her homes in Seneca Falls and New Jersey have been declared National Historic Landmarks.
15 February 1812 – 18 February 1902 (Aged 89)
Born in Killingly, Connecticut. Died in New York, New York.
Charles Tiffany was an entrepreneur who co-founded the company which later became the world-renowned jewelry store Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany was responsible for creating America’s first retail catalog.
In 1851, Tiffany introduced the English standard of sterling silver, establishing the term ‘sterling’ in the United States.