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Titan Leeds Chase, Jr. 'the Younger' was born on February 1, 1752 to businessman Titan Leeds Chase and his first wife, Sarah Blackstone. Raised at both the family estate and New York City, Titan received extensive education as a child and eventually studied at Harvard, where he focused largely on the study of law. After returning to New York, Titanworked both as an importer for Chase & Sons. Titan presided over the first serious expansion of the family business outside of importing, turning his attention towards the nascent New York financial sector with his older brother Blackstone, becoming a wildcat investor and building a successful financial network.
By the start of the Revolution, Titan was primarily focused on Chase & Sons’ financial wing and had accrued a significant personal fortune, being recognized by even that point as more crucial to the family’s continued success than his father. Through 1775, as one of the leading citizens of New York and a prominent supporter of the patriot cause, Titan Chase served subsequently on the Committee of Fifty-One, Committee of Sixty, the Committee of One Hundred, and then the newly established New York Provincial Congress. In 1777, Titan Chase and other members of the New York Provincial Congress fled to George Washington’s winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey and then to Kingston, New York, where he and other members of the Provincial Congress signed the State Constitution. From 1777 to 1782, Titan served in the Assembly as one of the nine representatives from New York City proper.
With the end of the war and the security of independence, Titan turned his focus back to his business ventures, laying the foundation for what he considered the next stage in Chase & Sons’ evolution as a corporation. In 1788, he and his younger brothers banded together to depose their father from the company.