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A Bigger Than Life Figure in the Gilded Age

A Bigger Than Life Figure in the Gilded Age



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Jim Fisk was born in Bennington, Vermont. Later, Fisk became associated with Jordan & Marsh, for whom he successfully managed war contracts during the Civil War. With Drew’s backing, the brokerage firm of Fisk & Belden was formed in New York City, in 1866. Fisk's and Gould's effort collapsed when President U.S. His exploits were the fodder of innumerable newspaper reports, but the Black Friday episode finally made virtual outcasts of both Fisk and Gould.


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