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 Louis Bonard

Louis Bonard

Birth
France
Death 20 Feb 1871 (aged 61–62)
New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section N, Lot 19935
Memorial ID 3320 · View Source
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American Folk Figure. A native of France, he lived there until coming to the United States in 1851, though little is known about his life there. From that time until his death, he purposely lived in squalor and poor conditions in a tiny, decrepit apartment, seeing very few people, and gaining a reputation for being reclusively eccentric. Just before his death he contacted Henry Bergh (who he never met) and his American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and bequeathed to them a large fortune in both land holdings and wealth stored away in trunks in his apartment. This gesture both ensured the survival of the ASPCA as an organization, and revealed that Louis Bonard had been a greatly miserly man, unwilling to part with any of his wealth to even ensure adequate housing for himself. In return for his great gift, Henry Bergh and his society paid for his burial in Green-Wood Cemetery, and had an appropriate marker erected as his grave.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 2 Aug 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3320
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Louis Bonard (1809–20 Feb 1871), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3320, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .