1693, Apr 161760, Apr 18
an influential colonial era merchant in New York City. Mary’s life was divided between caring for her growing family, continuing the Provoost mercantine enterprises, and supporting her husband’s political career. Mary played a pivotal role in the case of John Peter Zenger. She traveled to Philadelphia and successfully convinced prominent lawyer Andrew Hamilton to represent Zenger in his New York libel case. Under her leadership, the Provoost business grew extensively. She imported goods on such a large scale that it was said that hardly a ship docked in New York City without a consignment of goods for her.
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