Antedating of "Billionaire"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 9 18:36:32 UTC 2003

billionaire (OED 1861)

1855 Fred Folio _Lucy Boston_ 305  My offspring, so nobly descended, so
exquisitely beautiful and accomplished, shall never so tarnish their
ancestral escutcheon as to become the 'ladies' of any thing less than

Fred Shapiro

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