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By Geoffrey C. Ward

ISBN-10: 0307959449

ISBN-13: 9780307959447

Ferdinand Ward was once the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. provide and ran roughshod over the full international 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 colossal cash speedy on Wall road who became out to were operating a massive pyramid scheme—one that finally collapsed in a single of the best monetary scandals in American historical past. 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 under a decade, armed with attraction, strength, and a complete loss of moral sense, made himself the enterprise associate of the previous president of the us and used to be greatly hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” truthfully, he grew to become out to be a whole fraud, his complete lifestyles marked by means of dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for whatever yet his personal interests.
Drawing from hundreds of thousands of kin records by no means ahead of tested, Geoffrey C. Ward strains his great-grandfather’s swift upward thrust to riches and status and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the way in which; quick horses and crooked bankers and corrupt big apple 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, informed with boundless appeal and dry wit via one in every of our best historians.

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To each side of the main altar are the extended winged transepts from the center nave, enough room for nearly 1,000 in attendance. ) 46 The side altar within the transept is pictured in a photograph facing west inside Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. In 1811, the present church foundations were laid by Fr. Antonio Peyri for his grandest of mission churches and towering campanario. The native population by 1810 had increased to more than 1,500 from the original 432 neophytes. The completed church was dedicated on the feast of Saint Francis, October 4, 1815.

In 1937, restorations were completed by skilled artisan Emmerich Piebel as part of the effort to preserve California’s landmarks during the New Deal. ) 64 Luiseño Mission Indians had lived for many generations near Mission San Luis de Francia. In 1832, a neophyte, Pablo Tac, left the mission with Fr. Antonio Peyri, the mission’s builder, after deciding to avoid secularization policies. Tac later traveled to Rome, continuing his studies and writing several important pieces, including The Conversion of the San Luiseños of Alta California and Indian Life and Customs at Mission San Luis Rey: A Record of California Mission Life, as well as an important dictionary translating his native language to Spanish and Latin.

After Mission San Diego de Alcalá was restored and its lush gardens fully grown, the pierced españada tower with its five suspended mission bells was often depicted in vintage postcards. Relocating in 1774, a new mission structure built in 1780 measured 84 feet by 15 feet with adobe walls three feet thick. Its buildings, set in a quadrangle, included the church and monastery. To the rear, a wall led to a tannery tank for hides, sheep corrals, and a cow barn. The first tile roof came in 1793, and a large granary was constructed there.

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