John Hudson Hall (October 15, 1828 – March 3, 191) was born in the United States. His ancestry was Dutch, Scottish and English. Hall began his business life in 1842 as a clerk and worked for a couple of firms before settling in with paper goods manufacturer Elliott, Burimp and Babeock. Through a series of transfers, consolidations, and partnership changes, Hall partnered with John Campbell to form the paper products firm of Campbell, Hall and Co. When Campbell retired, Hall took over the operations of the company until he retired in 1881. While he was running the paper company he also dabbled in railroad enterprises, and eventually became one of the developers of New York’s elevated railroad system. Hall was also a patron of the arts and had a large personal collection. As testament to his love of the arts, his monument is fronted by a statue of an angel crafted by famous American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.