Wingfield was Nevada's most powerful economic and political figure
during the period from 1909 to 1932. He amassed a personal fortune
estimated to be worth as much as 25 million dollars in the early 20th century
mining booms at Tonopah and Goldfield. After moving to Reno in 1908
he was active in Republican politics, banking, ranching, and hotel-keeping
in addition to mining. Among those who made fortunes in Nevada mines,
Wingfield was unique in that he remained in the state with his money.
Most of that money and power was lost during the Great Depression when
his banks collapsed. Wingfield had built a second, although smaller
fortune by the end of WWII, but he never regained political power.
Wingfield died on Christmas evening, 1959.
Nevada Historical Society