Ecuador: Expat from U.S. in early 20th Century contributed to building of country

Posted on September 16, 2017 • Filed under: Culture, Ecuador, Ecuador Trivia

While not in the numbers present in the 2000′s of expats moving to Ecuador, there have been those adventerous souls seeking adventure and profit long ago. Ecuador was such a market for an American named Evermont Hope Norton.  A native of Kentucy (b. 1873, he moved to Virginia for most of his education. After starting a career in Wall Street, he gained an interest in 1899 with the Ecuador Develpment Company headquartered  at 33 Wall Street in New York. The group wold eventually have a railroad and electric light concessions..At one point he sold his shares in the railroad and purchased a beer company in Ecuador.

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Hope Norton moved to Ecuador in 1911 and became president of the Guayaquil and Quito Railway Company. He is oten credited for much of Ecuador’s business develpment in the early 20th century. He started the first television station in Guayaquil. His grandson  A person of high social ranking he once was marriedt to the  Jackeline Bouvier Kennedy’s great aunt.  Eventually he moved back to the U.S. and passed away in 1960 in Virginia. His grandson is Presley Norton Yoder(Ecuador/U.S. citizen) who was an archaeologist and businessman.  There is a museum in Guayaquil named after him and houses much o his collection. Source – Wikepedia and his obituary.

 

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