Brayton Ives

Brayton Ives
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Brayton Ives was a descendant of William Ives, a seventeenth century settler in the Massachusetts Colony who led the exodus which founded New Haven. Ives was born in Farmington, CT, in 1840 and graduated from Yale in 1861. He had a distinguished career in the military, beginning with his service with the Fifth Connecticut Volunteers on the front during the Civil War. He later became a Major, then a Colonel, with the First Connecticut Cavalry. Later he was attached to the Army of the Potomac, and took part in Sheridan's raid, from May 9 26, 1864. Ives commanded General Grant's escort to Appomattox. At the end of the war Ives was twenty-four years old and one of the youngest Brigadier Generals in the service. In 1867 Ives went to New York, where he began a career as a broker. He was elected President of the New York Stock Exchange, and served as one of the Governors of the Exchange for thirteen years. Ives retired from brokering in 1889 to become President of the Western National Bank; he was also President of the Northern Pacific Railroad and the Metropolitan Trust Company. At his death in 1914 Ives was President of numerous other companies. From early in his life Ives was a collector of art, including ceramics and rare books. He married the former Eleanor A. Bissell, and had three daughters: Winifred, Frances H., and the future Mrs. Walter E. Maynard. Ives died on October 22, 1914 at Chelsea, his country home in Ossining, New York.

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