Township, near Frenchtown, N.J., 7 Dec 1805; d New York City,
12 June 1880). Merchant and mayor. He became a prosperous clothing
manufacturer and moved to New York City in 1832 to open the first
large clothing factory there. In 1846 he truned the business over
to his brother-in-law and became an importer of wholesale dry goods.
A millionaire b y 1853, he later organized a bank and was elected
to the state assembly, where he advocated various reforms. As mayor
during the draft riots of 1863 he refused to compromise with rioters
and abandoned City Hall for the St. Nicholas Hotel. Opdyke was also
known for his work on colonial economics.