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 George Washington Riggs

George Washington Riggs

Birth
Georgetown, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Death 24 Aug 1881 (aged 68)
Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot Section D, Lot 14
Memorial ID 23759889 · View Source
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Businessman, Banker. He was born in Georgetown, then a city in the District of Columbia, and brought up in Baltimore. In 1840 Riggs began a banking partnership with Thomas W. Corcoran. The bank was immediately successful and got a major boost in 1844, when the U.S. government assigned Corcoran & Riggs to be the only federal depository in Washington. Corcoran & Riggs financed Samuel Morse's invention of the telegraph in 1845 and handled bond sales to finance the Mexican War. He later built and owned Riggs House, a prominent Washington hotel located at 15th and K Streets, NW. In 1873 Riggs was chairman of the committee that petitioned Congress for an investigation into the conduct of the Board of Public Works. As a result of this investigation, the existing territorial government was abolished and a new government was installed with all authority vested in the U.S. Congress. Though the chairman of the Board of Public Works, Alexander Robey "Boss" Shepherd, was found to have violated no laws, he was ousted from his influential position in the city. Shepherd is also buried in Rock Creek Cemetery. On June 23, 1840 Mr. Riggs married Janet Madeleine Cecilia Shedden of Glasgow, Scotland. They had nine children. Riggs died at his home, Green Hill, in Prince George's County, Maryland. Although a member of the Episcopal Church since early in his life, he became a Roman Catholic during his final weeks.

Bio by: Robert Holt


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  • Originally Created by: Robert Holt
  • Added: 5 Jan 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23759889
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Washington Riggs (4 Jul 1813–24 Aug 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23759889, citing Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .