A disposition to be rich: how a small-town pastor's son ruined an American president, brought on a Wall Street crash, and made himself the best-hated man in the United States

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Ferdinand Ward was the Bernie Madoff of his generation-a supposed genius at making big money fast on Wall Street, who turned out to have been running a giant pyramid scheme that ultimately collapsed in one of the greatest financial scandals in American history. The son of a Protestant missionary and small-town pastor with secrets of his own to keep, Ward came to New York at twenty-one and in less than a decade, armed only with charm, energy, and a total lack of conscience, made himself the business partner of a former president of the United States and was widely hailed as the "Young Napoleon of Finance." In truth, he turned out to be a complete fraud, his entire life marked by dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for anything but his own interests.Drawing from thousands of never-before-examined family documents, Geoffrey C. Ward traces his great-grandfather's rapid rise to riches and fame, and his even more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions along the way; fast horses, crooked bankers, and corrupt New York officials; courtroom confrontations and six years in Sing Sing; and Ferdinand's desperate scheme to kidnap his own son to get his hands on the estate his late wife had left the boy. A Disposition to Be Rich is a great story about a classic American con artist, told with boundless charm and dry wit by one of our finest historians.
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A disposition to be rich :how a small-town pastor's son ruined an American president, brought on a Wall Street crash, and made himself the best-hated man in the United StatesGeoffrey C. Ward.
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subject_facet BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws, Business & Economics / Economic History, Capitalists and financiers -- United States -- Biography, Children of clergy -- New York (State) -- Biography, Financial crises -- United States -- History -- 19th Century, Financial crises -- United States -- History -- 19th century, Grant, Ulysses S. -- (Ulysses Simpson), -- 1822-1885 -- Friends and associates, HISTORY / United States / 19th Century, New York (N.Y.) -- Biography, Ponzi schemes -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th Century, Ponzi schemes -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century, Rochester (N.Y.) -- Biography, Swindlers and swindling -- United States -- Biography, Ward, F. De W. -- (Ferdinand De Wilton), -- 1812-1891, Ward, Ferdinand De Wilton, -- 1851-1925
title_display A disposition to be rich : how a small-town pastor's son ruined an American president, brought on a Wall Street crash, and made himself the best-hated man in the United States
title_full A disposition to be rich : how a small-town pastor's son ruined an American president, brought on a Wall Street crash, and made himself the best-hated man in the United States / Geoffrey C. Ward, A disposition to be rich : how a small-town pastor's son ruined an American president, brought on a Wall Street crash, and made himself the best-hated man in the United States [electronic resource] / Geoffrey C. Ward
title_short A disposition to be rich :
title_sub how a small-town pastor's son ruined an American president, brought on a Wall Street crash, and made himself the best-hated man in the United States
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