A Classification of American Wealth
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    The silver kings of Nevada's Comstock Lode  

James Graham Fair : the mastermind of the Comstock Bonanza firm

Like Mackay, James Graham Fair was born in Dublin 1831. His parents emigrated to America and settled as farmers at Geneva, Illinois. When the California gold rush raged in 1849, then eighteen years old Jim Fair left the farm and took the overland trail to seek his fortune. Like thousands of other hopefuls he learnt the placer mining techniques and spent several years in the gold camps, working from dawn to dusk for what really was a pittance. Like John W. Mackay, Fair liked ...

 

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