Excerpts: Encyclopedia Brittanica’s biography of J.P. Stevens

  • John Stevens’ grandfather, Nathaniel Stevens, started in the textile industry during the War of 1812.
  • Nathaniel’s son (John’s uncle) Moses took over the textile company and made it one of the largest in the country.
  • His commission house prospered by selling the products of his uncle’s company.
  • He also purchased interests in many textile firms in New England and was one of the first textile industrialists to invest heavily in mills in the South.

Source: Brittanica