By Geoffrey C. Ward
Ferdinand Ward used to be the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. supply and ran roughshod over the total global of finance. Now, his compelling, behind-the-scenes tale is told—told through his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.
Ward was once the Bernie Madoff of his day, a intended genius at making enormous cash quick on Wall highway who became out to were working a huge pyramid scheme—one that eventually collapsed in a single of the best monetary scandals in American background. The son of a Protestant missionary and small-town pastor with secrets and techniques of his personal to maintain, Ward got here to long island at twenty-one and in below a decade, armed with appeal, power, and a complete loss of sense of right and wrong, made himself the company companion of the previous president of the U.S. and was once extensively hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” truthfully, he grew to become out to be a whole fraud, his complete existence marked via dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for something yet his personal interests.
Drawing from hundreds of thousands of kinfolk records by no means prior to tested, Geoffrey C. Ward strains his great-grandfather’s speedy upward thrust to riches and repute and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the way in which; quickly horses and crooked bankers and corrupt ny officers; court docket confrontations and 6 years in Sing Sing; and Ferdinand’s determined scheme to kidnap his personal son to get his palms at the property his past due spouse had left the boy. here's a nice tale a few vintage American con artist, advised with boundless attraction and dry wit by means of certainly one of our most interesting historians.
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Notice that the saloon makes a point of advertising that it sells not only “liqurs” [sic] but wines as well. C. Mazal had extensive orchards and a winery and entered the fruit of his farm into competitions far and wide. In the early 1900s, much of his fruit consisted of Salway peaches, along with Tokay and Black Prince grapes. In 1904, he entered his produce into the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known as the St. Louis World’s Fair, and won bronze medals for grapes and dates. ) 54 Although the area had experienced a decline in population after the Gold Rush, becoming an agriculturally based economy, vineyards and their fruit could still be a lucrative business.
According to the state surveyor general’s report, 2,587,764 gallons were made statewide, which was an increase of 700,000 gallons from 1867. Six of the 12 top producing counties were in the Mother Lode region: El Dorado, 168,688 gallons; Amador, 129,998 gallons; Calaveras, 55,132 gallons; Placer, 51,300 gallons; Tuolumne, 50,397 gallons; and Butte, 30,828 gallons. ) 30 Some Californian wine was made from Mission grapes, which were considered inferior in quality to Zinfandel, Black Malvoisie, Reisline, Golden Chasselas, Rhenish Muscatella, and other varieties.
Like many who made their living off the land, he was a hard worker. Here, his wife, Louisa Lagomarsino Gnecco, and his brother Frank Gnecco stand in front of the family home in Jesus Maria. ) 43 Mining and grape growing existed hand in hand during the Gold Rush. The Zinfandel and Barbera varietals were particularly popular with the miners, and often vineyards were planted near mining operations. This is the town of Jesus Maria. ) Giovanni Napoleon Lombardo took gardens that were started by French immigrants and expanded them to include vineyards.
A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor's Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States by Geoffrey C. Ward