A Classification of American Wealth
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  Part II-Chapter 7 : The Mining Bonanza Kings  > The silver kings  :  « Previous  1- 2 - 3- 4- 5- 6- 7- 8- 9- 10- 11- 12- 13  Next »

    The silver kings of Nevada's Comstock Lode  

... John William Mackay, James Graham Fair, James Clair Flood and William Shoney O’Brien individually and as a group had the ingredients, namely determination, energy, resilience and a certain lack of scruples as well as the sheer luck, which characterized so many of America’s successful capitalists during the Gilded Age. The way they succeeded to outwit Sharon, the mighty William C. Ralston and their powerful Bank of California witnesses the spirit of American entrepreneurship. Back in 1869, these men were relative nobodies, although they all had achieved the first stages on the way to wealth and power ...

John William Mackay : successful thanks to hard work, perseverance and luck

 

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