Perspective character

Name: Gordon "Strong-arm" Griffin
Age: 55
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White
Profession: Philanthropist
Home Location: Rochester
Memberships/Factions: Aristocracy
Disposition: Long Winded, Outgoing, Charming, Slightly Stubborn
High concept:
Special skills/abilities: Rhetoric, Public Speaking, Money Management
Notable flaws/weaknesses: Can make risky business ventures, not as concerned with consquences
Memberships/Factions/Affiliations: Aristocracy, Bootlegging Underground, Film Industry
Basic appearance description (daily, avg): Larger build, heavy beard, slightly overweight
Short-term motivation
Medium-term motivation
Long-term motivation
Seeking the pleasures of high society
Getting involved with as many enterprises
as possible and becoming a known figure to the public.
Self establishment in the city economy with his
connection to influential individuals and wealthy leaders in business.


Background (family, education, important life events)
Gordon Griffin was born in Rochester, New York, in 1866 to newspaper publisher Alvah Griffin. Henry, at an early age, abandoned his education for the New York City docks in hopes of pursuing the life of a seaman and to seek his fortune internationally. After finding himself discontented with sailor life, he relinquished his position and was dropped off in France for about 4 years. Little is known about the mysterious life he led in France, but rumors claim it is where he first became introduced to the alcohol business through interactions with the affairs of wine distilleries. After returning home, Gordon decided to finish his education, graduating from Wyoming Academy in 1858; a year later he married Helen P. Griffin. With the start of the civil war, Gordon strayed away from family again to join the navy, becoming an assistant paymaster for the war’s duration. He talked his way up trough the ranks until he needed to do little for the war effort besides sit behind a desk and mingle with the generals and other officers. With his return he once again sought high society and used the funds he built up from military service and previous business ventures to get into social clubs and win favor with the upper crust of the day.

Current Biography (ca. 1921):
His experienced a few not so successful business risks before his life changing meeting with George Eastman. The first of these ventures was work with his uncle Myron Griffin’s horse and buggy whip business, followed by work in the Strong and Woodbury business firm until 1880. This is where he came into contact with the bootlegging underground, helping provide alcohol to the wealthy and the whist clubs to further gain his target's favor. After lodging with the Eastman family and maintaining relations for 10 years or so, Eastman went into the dry plate industry with Griffin as his first investor, starting off with a $1000 investment, to start off the business, beginning as the Eastman dry plate and film company and eventually growing into the Eastman Kodak Company with Gordon Griffin as its president. From here, Gordon became the face of the company and began funding public buildings and amenities spreading his influence everywhere just through a few strong connections and a little money.