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Dr. James Wright Markoe

Male 1862 - 1920  (57 years)


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  • Name Dr. James Wright Markoe  [1
    Born 19 Jul 1862  New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Apr 1920  New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, Westchester, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I16078  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 20 Dec 2017 

    Family Annette Wetmore,   b. Feb 1862, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1962  (Age ~ 99 years) 
    Married 22 Nov 1894  [1
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F10058  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • 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.)

  • Sources 
    1. [S1692] "vanboerum2," post to WETMORE-L, 14 Aug 2008.