Charlie Clark, the eldest surviving son lived like the heir he was. None of these advancements during the industrial revolution would have been possible without copper provided by W.A. Will Clark Jr.'s only son, Will Clark III, was the family's best hope for carrying on W.A. Towns across the U.S. still have Carnegie libraries, schools and public endowments. Clark is not of our time. ran his companies (and there were many of them) as sole proprietorships which he ruled absolutely autocratically. In addition, he imported marble from Italy, oak from Sherwood Forest in England, and parts of old French Châteaux for the interior. Tobacco bought at $1.50 a pound in Boise was told for $6 a pound in Helena, Montana. Well consider the following: • In 1858, the warships HMS Agamemnon and USS Niagara made the first transatlantic telegraph cable. He played college football at Auburn University, before being selected in the 4th round of the 1979 NFL Draft. Clark a legitimate businessman who happened to get very, very lucky or a robber baron of sorts? In fact, when W.A. got wind of it (remember, news traveled extra slow in those days, which makes his story that much more remarkable), the focus was on Colorado. s.parentNode.insertBefore(gcse, s); He failed completely in succession planning. When his sole surviving heir, his daughter Huguette died in 2011 just weeks short of her 105th birthday, the portion of her father's fortune that had been left to her after his death when she was 19 years old was worth $300 million dollars. While his contemporaries set up their businesses to operate though traditional hierarchies of Vice Presidents, Executives, Directors, and Managers, creating large and strong corporate empires that were built to last, W.A. He'd be drawn away from his lawyerly ambitions after less than two years of studies by the gold rush. The year after his birth, the very first mechanical reaper for harvesting grain was sold. There was a Numidian marble fireplace in the banquet room that measured 15 ft. across with life-size figures of Diana and Neptune. Eggs that cost him 20 cents per dozen in Salt Lake City, he sold for $3 after completing the journey back to Montana. had a knack for making money. Clark. Clark's ambition and exceptional skill at making money and identifying new money making ventures, he didn't foresee his own death. In 1928, three years after his death, his heirs cashed out of the Clark mining interests in Montana. Document Archive | He was managing businesses in New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Montana, Utah, and Southern California – all in the day and age before telephones, faxes, and emails; before air travel, before auto travel, even before widespread passenger train travel. He ran for Montana's U.S. Senate seat a number of times before successfully grabbing it (and later being forced out of office). To my mind he is the most disgusting creature that the republic has produced since Tweed’s time. Oh, and on that route, he also managed to auction off the land that would eventually become Las Vegas. William Andrews Clark Jr. Huguette M. Clark : Residence: Copper King Mansion (Butte, Montana) William A. Clark House (New York City) Alma mater: Iowa Wesleyan College: Net worth: USD $150 million at the time of his death (About USD $2,138,125,867.42 today)(approximately 1/609th of US GNP) gcse.src = 'https://cse.google.com/cse.js?cx=' + cx; After spending time working mines in Colorado for $3 per day. Clark III died while taking flying lessons. But W.A. Gold had been found in 1848 in California, setting off the great gold rush of 1849. There were 25 guests rooms with their own baths, 35 servants’ rooms with men’s quarters (to the east) and female rooms (to the west).