Fortune : 50,000 $ 1800
Activity : Shipping merchant
Main property: George Crowninshield & Sons
Other activities: Politics
Associated properties: Massachusetts Senate (1796-1801); US Representative for Massachusetts (1803-08); declined position of US Secretary of the Navy (1805) by Thomas Jefferson
Jacob Crowninshield, a son of George Crowninshield and Mary Derby, started his career as a sea captain and merchant in the family business. He is remembered as being the man who brought the first life elephants to New York in 1796. He later engaged in politics, as a Massachusetts state senator (1801) and a US Representative for Massachusetts (1803-08). In 1805, he declined the position of US Secretary of the Navy, which he was offered by Thomas Jefferson.