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(1850-1900)

William Sharon

William Sharon, a native of Ohio, was one of the thousands of men who came to California seeking a fortune in the gold rush.  He built a small fortune in real estate in San Francisco, but lost it in bad investments.  He came to Virginia City as manager of the Bank of California, and became a powerful man on the Comstock.

Sharon was part of a group known as the Bank Crowd.  The Bank of California owned and controlled mills, mines, and transportation, including the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, in the Comstock.  William Sharon became known as a ruthless and shrewd businessman who took advantage of financial opportunities with great success.  Sharon also represented Nevada in the U. S. Senate from 1875 until 1881.
 

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Nevada Historical Society