A Classification of American Wealth
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   Robert "King" Carter - richest man in America  

Although Robert Carter (1663-1732) was not destined by birthright to become the principal of the family, his abilities in business made him so successful that he eventually became the richest man of Virginia and probably of America too, sharing the latter position with Kilian Van Rensselaer, the 3rd generation heir of Rensselarswyck and largest landowner of New York. Robert Carter started his career as a justice of peace, later becoming a Burgess of Virginia, a Speaker of the House of Burgesses and an active member of the Council. His political offices certainly served his business but not as much as his appointment as agent to Lord Fairfax, then the largest landowner


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