Prince of darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire
Winner of the 2015 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Best Book Prize
In the middle decades of the nineteenth century Jeremiah G. Hamilton was a well-known figure on Wall Street. Cornelius Vanderbilt, America's first tycoon, came to respect, grudgingly, his one-time opponent. The day after Vanderbilt's death on January 4, 1877, an almost full-page obituary on the front of the National Republican acknowledged that, in the context of his Wall Street share transactions, "There was only one man who ever fought the Commodore to the end, and that was Jeremiah Hamilton."
What Vanderbilt's obituary failed to mention, perhaps as contemporaries already knew it well, was that Hamilton was African American. Hamilton, although his origins were lowly, possibly slave, was reportedly the richest colored man in the United States, possessing a fortune of $2 million, or in excess of two hundred and $50 million in today's currency.
In Prince of Darkness, a groundbreaking and vivid account, eminent historian Shane White reveals the larger than life story of a man who defied every convention of his time. He wheeled and dealed in the lily white business world, he married a white woman, he bought a mansion in rural New Jersey, he owned railroad stock on trains he was not legally allowed to ride, and generally set his white contemporaries teeth on edge when he wasn't just plain outsmarting them. An important contribution to American history, Hamilton's life offers a way into considering, from the unusual perspective of a black man, subjects that are usually seen as being quintessentially white, totally segregated from the African American past.
African American capitalists and financiers -- Biography
African Americans -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Biography & Autobiography
Finance -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Hamilton, Jeremiah G
Hamilton, Jeremiah G., -- -1875
Millionaires -- United States -- Biography
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century
United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century
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In Prince of Darkness, a groundbreaking and vivid account, eminent historian Shane White reveals the larger-than-life story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's first black millionaire.
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|subject_facet||African American capitalists and financiers -- Biography, African Americans -- Social conditions -- 19th century, Finance -- United States -- History -- 19th century, Hamilton, Jeremiah G., -- -1875, Millionaires -- United States -- Biography, United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century, United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century|
|title_display||Prince of darkness : the untold story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's first black millionaire|
|title_full||Prince of Darkness The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire, Prince of darkness : the untold story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's first black millionaire / Shane White|
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|title_sub||The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire|
|topic_facet||African American capitalists and financiers, African Americans, Biography & Autobiography, Finance, Hamilton, Jeremiah G, History, Millionaires, Nonfiction, Race relations, Social conditions|