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Richard Canfield
Birth: Jun. 28, 1855
New Bedford
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Dec. 11, 1914
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

American Folk Figure. Called "America’s Greatest Gambler", he started running a small faro parlor in Pawtucket, Rhode Island thay landed him in jail. In Providence he established a gambling parlor as well. At separate times he ran two high stakes gambling houses in New York City; one which was across from the famous Delmonico Club. He acquired the Nautilus House in Newport, Rhode Island; another gambling resort as well. This was not too profitable. Perhaps his most famous stint was the owner/proprietor of the Casino in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, New York. This gambling paradise was finely furnished and only allowed in high stakes gamblers. Gamblers at Canfield houses were always feted to the finest of foods. It was his Casino at Saratoga Springs that “invented” the Club Sandwich and the gambler's buffet. The solitaire game "Canfield" was named for him. He collected antiques and paintings,, and became a noted critic of art was well as a friend of James MacNeill Whistler (just before his death in 1914 Canfield had the second largest Whistler collection in the world). Whistler’s last oil portrait, which was unfinished, was of Canfield titled “His Reverence.” Canfield pulled out of gambling shortly after the turn-of-the-century, pursued his collecting and ran a successful glass operation. He died as a result of a fall in a New York subway station – which fractured his skull. He was cremated and his ashes brought back to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where his remains are buried in the Canfield family plot in the Old Section of Oak Grove Cemetery. (bio by: Jim Grasela) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Canfield (1809 - 1865)
  Julia Ann Akin Canfield (1820 - 1884)
 
 Spouse:
  Genevieve Wren Martin Canfield (1869 - 1957)
 
 Children:
  Howland D. Canfield (1899 - 1922)*
 
 Siblings:
  Isabel Luce Canfield (1845 - 1848)*
  Charles Wallace Canfield (1848 - ____)*
  Sarah Julia Canfield (1851 - 1852)*
  Richard Canfield (1855 - 1914)
  William Warren Prouty Canfield (1857 - 1889)*
  Ella Theresa Canfield (1858 - 1858)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Grove Cemetery
New Bedford
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Jim Grasela
Record added: Apr 02, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6311983
Richard Canfield
Added by: Robert Bruce
 
Richard Canfield
Added by: Jim Grasela
 
Richard Canfield
Added by: Jim Grasela
 
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The Monument of Richard Canfield's wife, Genevieve Wren Martin Canfield, and son, Howland D. Canfield, at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island ~ Group 374 - Lot: 14. Both Genevieve and Howland Canfield have 'Find A Grave' Memorials listed at Swan...(Read more)
- Robert Bruce
 Added: Dec. 11, 2014
A remarkable story.....never forget
- earthquake300
 Added: Jul. 17, 2014
Remembering Richard Canfield ~ Businessman, Financier, Art Collector and Connoisseur, Bibliophile and Gentleman, at this Anniversary of his Birth !
- Robert Bruce
 Added: Jun. 29, 2014
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