Augustus Schell

Augustus Schell (1812-1884) was a New York politician and lawyer. He started out as an early expert in the then new field of corporate law and through his profession became active in railroad management. A friend of Cornelius Vanderbilt, he gradually expanded his railroad connections through investments as well as legal counsel. An active Democrat, he joined Tammany Hall where after William M. Tweed's fall, he became Grand Sachem in 1872, and subsequently Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1872-1876.


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