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Mills, Darius Ogden (05 September 1825–03 January 1910), banker and mining and railroad entrepreneur, was born in North Salem, Westchester County, New York, the son of James Mills, a town supervisor of North Salem (1835), and Hannah Ogden. From a prominent family, Mills was educated at the North Salem Academy and then at the Mount Pleasant Academy at Ossining, New York. His father’s death in 1841 deprived Mills of a college education. Instead he became a clerk in a mercantile establishment in New York City. In 1847, at the invitation of a cousin, he became cashier of the Merchants’ Bank of Erie County in Buffalo, New York....

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Phillips, Frank (28 November 1873–23 August 1950), oilman and banker, was born in Scotia, Nebraska, the son of Lewis F. Phillips, a farmer, county assessor, and judge, and Lucinda Josephine Faucett, a schoolteacher. Although Phillips was born in Nebraska, his father’s farming career necessitated a move to Creston, Iowa, in 1874. There Frank attended the local school but dropped out at age fourteen. Phillips would have no contact with the realm of formal education until he received a number of honorary degrees years later....

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Wingfield, George (16 August 1876–25 December 1959), banker, miner, and businessman, was born in Cincinnati, Arkansas, the son of Thomas Wingfield, a cattle buyer and Methodist minister, and Martha Spradling. Wingfield moved with his family to Lake County, Oregon, where his father operated a cattle ranch. Wingfield received a formal education through eighth grade until he moved to Nevada in 1896. There, in the railroad town of Winnemucca, and later in the mining camp of Golconda, Wingfield engaged in a number of pursuits including working in local ranches, running mowing machines, and playing poker. He operated the California Saloon in Golconda and excelled at gambling in the game of faro....