John Mackay: Silver King in the Gilded Age (Wilber S. by By (author) Michael J. Makley

By By (author) Michael J. Makley

This can be a new biography of the main profitable miner within the West. From the early 1870s until eventually his demise in 1902, John Mackay was once one of the richest males on the earth, and he was once definitely the wealthiest guy to emerge from Nevada's really good Comstock Lode. starting lifestyles as a bad Irish immigrant, he early constructed a robust paintings ethic that special him for the remainder of his existence. He got here west to hunt his fortune within the California Gold Rush, then moved directly to Virginia urban, Nevada, the place he operated silver mines and came upon the 'Big Bonanza' that was once thrice as wealthy as the other Comstock strike. After creating a fortune, he transferred his energies to banking and communications. John Mackay deals new perception into the lifestyles and achievements of this notable guy. rather, it units Mackay into the wider context of the Gilded Age, an period of robber barons and corruption, quickly advancing know-how, nationwide and foreign capitalism, and flagrant monitors of newfound wealth. Even during this milieu, he stood out, not just for his contributions to Nevada and mining heritage but additionally for battling the consolidation and venality of company energy within the Gilded Age. in contrast to lots of his contemporaries, Mackay used to be revered for his moral behavior and beneficiant philanthropy, and his unassuming way of life endeared him to less-affluent contemporaries. whereas his spouse pursued social prestige in Europe, holding palatial estates in Paris and London, Mackay quite often remained within the united states, tending to his many enterprise matters and shunning exposure. This attention-grabbing new biography contributes considerably to our realizing of the advance of the a ways West and of industrial and society within the Gilded Age.

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Late in 1861 the Potasi mine discovered an ore body that dipped into the Chollar mine, located next to it. The Chollar filed suit. Later the Chollar found a body that dipped into the Potasi, and the Potasi sued. Litigation between the two went on for four years. 28 While healthy bodies of ore were worked in this handful of mines, 23 other mines returned little or nothing—although substantial amounts of money were sunk into them. 29 Mackay was busy. He was earning ownership in properties by doing development work and raising money by digging or setting timbers to buy interests in others.

The exhibit, and fantastic stories of the vastness of the strike, created a contagion of excitement. As soon as the Sierra snow started to melt, the great rush began. Boats from San Francisco reeled under loads of freight as they chugged upriver to Sacramento. Food, clothing, tents, blankets, cooking implements, tools, and alcohol were unloaded at docks to be hauled by wagons retracing the movement of the pioneers along the old emigrant trail. At Placerville hundreds of tons of freight stacked up in the streets as snow blocked the way.

In 1864 Daniel Hungerford moved to San Francisco and Bryant left his young family for other goldfields. Louise, Eva, Mrs. Hungerford, and Louise’s sister, Ada, remained in Virginia City. 4 For some time Louise Bryant had been sewing for the ladies in town to earn an income. Her hand embroidery was so fine that it was always in demand. The legendary Comstock priest Father Patrick Manogue thought to help her further, recommending that Sister Frederica S. S. Xavier employ Louise to tutor French and piano at St.

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