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Dr. James Wright Markoe

Male 1862 - 1920  (57 years)


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  1. 1.  Dr. James Wright Markoe was born on 19 Jul 1862 in New York, New York; died on 18 Apr 1920 in New York, New York; was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, Westchester, New York.

    Notes:

    He was a close friend and counselor to J. Pierpont Morgan, and he died "taking a bullet" for him, albeit seven years after the financier's death.

    In early 1920, an escaped mental patient named Thomas W. Simpkin travelled from his native London to New York to, by his own account, kill J. Pierpont Morgan Sr., evidently unaware that the senior Morgan had died in 1913. On April 13, 1920, Simpkin walked into St. George's Church on Stuyvesant Square in New York, aware that it was the Morgan family church, just as Dr. James Markoe was passing the collection plate. Believing Markoe to be the senior Morgan, Simpkin pulled out a pistol and shot him in the forehead at close range. Markoe was rushed to the nearby Lying-In Hospital, an institution he had convinced Morgan to endow, where he died a few minutes later.

    (All of this detail comes from The House of Morgan by Ron Chernow, the author of the Alexander Hamilton biography that inspired the musical.)

    James married Annette Wetmore on 22 Nov 1894. Annette (daughter of David Wetmore and Caroline E. Bixby) was born in Feb 1862 in New York, New York; died on 5 Feb 1962; was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, Westchester, New York. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


Generation: 2