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    The silver kings of Nevada's Comstock Lode  

... Ralston hired William Sharon, whose investments in the very mining properties of the Comstock Lode had ruined him, but who brought with him ambition and thorough experience gained in the process. Like Ralston, William Sharon was a plunger and his management of the Virginia City branch, would definitely tie the Bank of California’s success to the mining activities on the Comstock Lode.

Originally from Ohio, William Sharon studied law with Edwin Stanton (later Lincoln’s Secretary of War) at Steubenville, where he was admitted to Bar in 1840. He then moved to St. Louis and established a law practice before joining his elder brother ...

 

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