Frederick Gilbert Bourne

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Frederick Gilbert Bourne

Frederick Gilbert "Commodore" Bourne (December 20, 1851 – March 1919) was President of the Singer Manufacturing Company between 1889 and 1905. He made the business "perhaps the first modern multinational industrial enterprise of any nationality."[citation needed] Bourne greatly expanded global production as well as international sales of the Singer sewing machine. Bourne is also remembered as the "among the most important innovators in building vertically integrated firms."[citation needed]

Bourne maintained an apartment at The Dakota at West 72d Street next to Central Park in New York City, owned a 1,000-acre (4 km²) summer estate in Oakdale, Long Island, and acquired Dark Island in the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River where he built a magnificent castle. A sailing enthusiast, Bourne served as a Commodore of the New York Yacht Club. He was also a member of the famous Jekyll Island Club (aka The Millionaires Club) on Jekyll Island, Georgia.

He and wife Emma had twelve children: [1]

  • Frederick Gilbert Bourne Jr (1876, NY - dead by 1898).
  • Arthur Keeler Bourne (7 October 1877 - 30 April 1967), married Edith Hollins; their son: Arthur Keeler Bourne (1899-1974); divorced. Married Alberta M. Bourne, with whom he had three children.
  • Louisa D Bourne - (1879, NY - dead by 1898).
  • May Miller Bourne (7 April 1881, New York, NY -1975), married Ralph B. Strassburger, a Pennsylvania businessman and prominent thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder who owned Haras des Monceaux Thoroughbred horse farm at Lisieux in Lower Normandy, France.
  • Marion Bourne (1882 - 1969), married Robert George Elbert.
  • Alfred Severin Bourne (1883 - 1956), married Hattie Louise Barnes.
  • Helen Bourne (1884/85 - 22 Jan 1887, New York, NY). Died aged 2.
  • Florence Bourne (6 Jan 1886 - 1969), married Anson Wales Hard (1884-1935), divorced 1932, 7 children.
  • George Gault Bourne (9 Feb 1888 - 1964), married Nancy Atterbury Potter.
  • Marjorie Bourne (1890 - 5 May 1962), married Alexander Dallas Thayer (1888-1968).
  • Kenneth Bourne (1891 - 1898).
  • Howard Davidson Bourne (1893 - 1918), died aged 25.

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