James G. Fair, Silver King


James Graham Fair Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection. Public domain

Fair was a contemporary of Levi Strauss, living and working in San Francisco around the same time as the denim magnate, but though Fair often appears on lists of the richest men in U.S. history, he doesn’t have the same name recognition.

Holly's Research:

  • “Ex-Senator Fair Is Dead.” New York Times. Dec. 30, 1894. Accessed online: https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1894/12/30/109722562.pdf
  • “How Do You Pronounce ‘Nevada?’ You’re Probably Wrong.” Time Aug. 23, 2010. http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/08/23/how-do-you-pronounce-nevada-youre-probably-wrong/
  • Hustrulid, William Andrew. “Placer mining.” Encyclopædia Britannica. November 02, 2016. https://www.britannica.com/technology/placer-mining
  • Lewis, Oscar. “Silver Kings.” A.A. Knopf. 1947
  • Robbins, Millie. “Tales of Love and Hate in Old San Francisco.” Chronicle Books. 1971.
  • Smith, Grant H. “The History of the Comstock Lode.” University of Nevada Press. 1998.
  • McGrath, Dr. Roger D. “The Silver Kings.” Irish America. October/November 2012. https://irishamerica.com/2012/09/the-silver-kings/
  • Norris, James D. “Fair, James Graham.” American National Biography. February 2000. https://doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1000525

Topics in this Podcast: biographies, San Francisco, California, gold rush, mining, 19th century