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 Oliver Pollock

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Oliver Pollock

Birth
Ireland
Death 17 Dec 1823 (aged 85–86)
Pinckneyville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Wilkinson County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 5366154 View Source

Patriot, Louisiana Aide, Galvez Expedition. Creator of U.S. dollar sign. After migrating from his native Ireland to Pennsylvania, Pollock became a successful merchant, first in Pennsylvania, later in New Orleans. Staunchly patriotic, he was a major financial contributor to the Revolutionary War. He is said to have invented the U.S. dollar sign when, refusing to use the sign for the British pound, he wrote an S over a U (for "U.S."). (Submitted by contributor #46770385)
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1st wife was Margaret O'Brian b. 1746 Ireland d.1/10/1799 Silver Springs, Cumberland Co., PA.
2nd wife, married 10/31/1805 in Baltimore, MD was to Mrs. Winifred Deady, widow of Daniel Deady of Baltimore, MD, who died on 11/17/1814 in Baltimore, MD.
This information taken from 'A Biographical Sketch of Oliver Pollock, Esq. of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States Commercial Agent at New Orleans and Havana 1776-1784, With Genealogical Notes of His Descendants', by Rev. Horace E. Hayden, of Baltimore, MD published in 1883. Rev. Horace Hayden was married to Maria Antoinette Robinson, whose brother was Dr. Samuel Robinson and her sister in law was Mary Serena Pollock, a daughter of Oliver Pollock.


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