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 full international of finance. Now, his compelling, behind-the-scenes tale is told—told by way of his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.
Ward was once the Bernie Madoff of his day, a meant genius at making vast cash quickly on Wall highway who became out to were working an immense pyramid scheme—one that eventually collapsed in a single of the best monetary scandals in American heritage. The son of a Protestant missionary and small-town pastor with secrets and techniques of his personal to maintain, Ward got here to manhattan at twenty-one and in under a decade, armed with allure, strength, and a complete loss of judgment of right and wrong, made himself the enterprise accomplice of the previous president of the us and used to be commonly hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” truthfully, he grew to become out to be an entire fraud, his complete existence marked by way of dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for something yet his personal interests.
Drawing from hundreds of thousands of family members records by no means sooner than tested, Geoffrey C. Ward lines his great-grandfather’s swift upward push to riches and reputation 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 manhattan officers; court 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, advised with boundless attraction and dry wit by means of one in all our most interesting historians.
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Steinbeck was way behind in the pack, but none of us noticed. ” Van Gorder kept a detailed scrapbook of the meet, with panoramic photographs of every running contest. In the World War I era, girls’ volleyball was also a very popular activity at Santa Cruz High, with squads competing both intramurally and against other schools. ” 63 Dubbed the “Great White Hope,” retired heavyweight champion James Jeffries trained for his celebrated bout against legendary African American boxer John Arthur “Jack” Johnson at Rowardennan Redwood Park (in Ben Lomond) during the spring and summer of 1910.
Later, Memorial Field, located at the base of Santa Cruz High, served as a focal point for gridiron activity, and, even later, Harvey West Park. The Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium eventually became the center of local basketball activity, beginning in the 1940s, with Santa Cruz City League basketball packing in crowds to watch their local heroes play in evening games before the advent of television. There were nights, according to longtime locals, when it seemed as though “everyone in town” was at the game.