Aaron Burr

Portrait of Aaron Burr by John Vanderlyn, 1802

Aaron Burr, attorney, war officer, politician and head of the New York State Assembly in 1799, sponsored the state charter of the Manhattan Company, which proposed to supply clean water to the city. What it did supply was a bank.

To learn more about the story of the Manhattan Company, read "Dirty Water: Aaron Burr and The Manhattan Company" in Financial History magazine.