JAMES G. FAIR - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 02/25/1874 - HFSID 101525
Sale Price $198.00
JAMES G. FAIR
Irish-born "forty-niner" who became a millionaire mine owner.
Printed Check signed: "James G. Fair" as Superintendent, 7½x3. Virginia (City), 1874 February 25. Gould & Curry Silver Mining Company check drawn on the Agency of The Bank of California. Payable to James M. Sunny for $60. James G. Fair (1831-1894), who had been born near Belfast, Ireland, went to California as a "forty-niner" at the age of 17. Fair, who spent the next 11 years mining, later moved to Virginia City, Nevada where he formed a partnership with John W. Mackay, J.C. Flood and William S. O'Brien in 1867. Purchasing control of the Bonanza and other mines, the yield of gold and silver while under his ownership was estimated at $200 million. Fair was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Nevada from 1881-1887.Cancellation cinches at check's center. Light vertical folds, 1 touches the "G." Edges lightly frayed. Slight surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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