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Great Fortunes and How They Were Made Or, The Struggles and Triumphs of Our Self-Made Men by James D. Mccabe, Jr.

This is the story of the men and women whose toil and labor made it possible for America to become what it is today.

It talks about the toil, philosophies and struggles of the pioneers in making this country a land without prejudice, discrimination and class distinctions.

It glorifies the ingenuity of great Americans throughout history who contributed to America's prosperity and honor.

Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made dissects the anatomy of success of a few wealthy and successful Americans in history

This book will inspire you to persevere like what many of the characters went through to achieve triumph eventually.

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I. MERCHANTS.

CHAPTER I.

STEPHEN GIRARD.

The fog in the Delaware-News of the war-Alarm of the French skipper-A narrow escape from capture-Arrival of Girard in Philadelphia-Early history of Stephen Girard-An unhappy childhood-Goes to sea-Is licensed to command-Becomes a trader in Philadelphia-Marries Mary Lum-Unfortunate issue of the marriage- Capture of Philadelphia by the British-Early commercial life of Stephen Girard-How he earned his first money, and the use he made of it-Aid from St. Domingo-His rigid attention to business-Thoroughness of his knowledge-One of his letters of instructions-His subordinates required to obey orders though they ruin him-Anecdote of Girard and one of his captains-His promptness and fidelity in business-He never breaks his word-How he lost five hundred dollars-Buys the old Bank of the United States and becomes a banker-Cuts down the salaries of his clerks-Refuses his watchman an overcoat-Indifference to his employes-Contrast between his personal and business habits-His liberality in financial operations-He subscribes for the entire Government loan in 1814, and enables the United States to carry on the war-His generosity toward the Government-The suspension of specie payments-Financial troubles-How Girard saved his own notes-His public spirit-How he made half a million of dollars on a captured ship-Personal characteristics-Why he valued money-His ambition-His infidelity-Causes of the defects of his character-A favorable view-Heroic conduct of Stephen Girard during the prevalence of the yellow fever in Philadelphia-The Good Samaritan- He practices medicine, and congratulates himself that he has killed none of his patients-His industry-Visit of Mr. Baring to Mr. Girard-A curious reception-Failing health and death of Stephen Girard-His will-His noble bequests-Establishment of Girard College.

CHAPTER II.

JOHN JACOB ASTOR.

Legitimate business the field of success-Reasons for claiming Astor as an American-Birth and early life-Religious training-The village of Waldorf-Poverty-The jolly butcher-Young Astor's repugnance to his father's trade-Unhappy at home-Loses his mother-His desire to emigrate to the "New Land"-Leaves home-His voyage down the Rhine-Reaches London and enters the service of his brother-His efforts to prepare for emigration-Learns to speak English-Peace between the United States and Great Britain-The road to the "New Land" open-Astor sets out for America-His first ventures in commerce-The voyage-How he proposed to save his Sunday clothes-Arrival in the Chesapeake-The ice-blockade-Astor makes a friend-The fur trader's story-Astor sees the way to fortune-Reaches New York-His first situation-Learning the business-His method of proceeding-An example to young men-His capacity for business operations-He is promoted-His journeys to Canada, and their results-Sets up in business for himself-The fur trade of North America-A survey of the field of Astor's operations-His capital-His tramps into the wilderness in search of furs-Predictions as to the future settlement of the country-His first consignment to England-His marriage-A good wife-Improvement in his prospects-Buys his first ship-The secret of his success-Close attention to business-His economical habits-His indorsement disputed by a bank clerk-Statements of the profits on furs-He engages in the Chinese trade-How the Government aided the early China traders-Amount made by Astor in his legitimate business-His real estate operations-His foresight and courage-How eight thousand dollars yielded eighty thousand-His real estate in the City of New York-Purchases the half of Putnam County- The Roger and Mary Morris estate controversy-Astor wins his suit, and makes half a million of dollars-Astor's scheme of colonization-A grand enterprise-Settlement of Astoria-Betrayed by his agents, and the scheme brought to failure...
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