Frederick William Macondray was born in Massachusetts in 1803. He sailed on the China coast and visited California in 1825
aboard a hide ship. After returning from seafaring, he came to San Francisco. On May 22, 1849, he and James Otis began a general
commission business for shipping consignments of merchandise to San Francisco. F. W Macondray acted as agent for the company
in San Francisco. The firm developed into a large wholesale tea company. Macondray died in San Francisco July 28, 1862.