A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor's Son by Geoffrey C. Ward

By Geoffrey C. Ward

Ferdinand Ward was once the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. supply and ran roughshod over the whole international of finance. Now, his compelling, behind-the-scenes tale is told—told by means of his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.
Ward used to be the Bernie Madoff of his day, a meant genius at making mammoth funds quickly on Wall road who became out to were working an enormous 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 lower than a decade, armed with allure, power, and a complete loss of moral sense, made himself the enterprise accomplice of the previous president of the USA and was once generally hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” honestly, he grew to become out to be an entire fraud, his whole existence marked through dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for whatever yet his personal interests.
Drawing from hundreds of thousands of relations files by no means sooner than tested, Geoffrey C. Ward lines his great-grandfather’s quick upward push to riches and status and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the way in which; speedy horses and crooked bankers and corrupt long island officers; court docket confrontations and 6 years in Sing Sing; and Ferdinand’s determined scheme to kidnap his personal son to get his fingers at the property his past due spouse had left the boy. here's a nice tale a few vintage American con artist, instructed with boundless attraction and dry wit by means of certainly one of our best historians.

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These early treaties with the Plains Indians merely formalized the status quo on the Plains south of the Platte. The Indians were clearly dominant, but the wasichu were not going away. As long as the wasichu kept moving through, and did not stay—except at a few designated forts—they were generally not perceived by the Indians as a serious threat to their way of life. The indigenous peoples of the Plains accommodated the wasichu for their value as a source of guns and other supplies, either by way of trade or the generous grants being made through the Indian Bureau.

High Forehead, a Minneconjou man camping with the Brulé, shot a lame cow belonging to a group of immigrants passing through on the Oregon Trail. A complaint was filed with Lieutenant Hugh Fleming, the post commander at Fort Laramie. He was inclined to let the matter slide in order to maintain peaceful relations with the Indians. However, a capricious young recent West Point graduate, Lieutenant John Grattan, insisted that he lead a detachment to arrest the man who had shot the cow. Fleming agreed, apparently with reluctance.

During the Sun Dance, the wikasa wakan would typically receive visions that would be important to his respective band or tribe. Political leadership, meanwhile, usually went to men within the group who were most skilled at exercising such power. Unlike Europe, tribal leadership on the Plains was less about hereditary titles than about proving one’s ability to lead. The itancan, the leaders whom the wasichu traditionally called “chiefs,” could enforce strict discipline and demand uncompromising allegiance—but only so long as they had the strength of character to command respect.

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