Monday, October 24, 2016

Russell Sage.

Mr. Russell Sage, New York investor.
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This wonderful man was born at Verona, Oneida County, New York over 60 years ago. In early life he determined to learn all that he could, and spend less than he earned. When he arrived at the age of 15, he removed to Troy, and entered the grocery store of one of his brothers.  Until 18 years of age he remained here as a clerk when he had saved money enough to buy an interest in another store of which another brother was proprietor.  Here he remained several years in successful trade, when the partnership was dissolved.  He next turned his attention to the wholesale trade, dealing in grain, flour, pork, beef, etc., the most of these ventures proving successful.

Is townspeople recognizing his business ability elected him alderman for 7 years, and later, Rensselaer county. His fidelity in these trusts won for him a seat in Congress, and he was reelected by an increased majority, serving both terms with great credit to himself and party.

In 1860, he had succeeded so well that he could show $200,000 on the credit side of his bank account.  Seeking new fields to conquer, he naturally gravitated to the money centre, New York.  Since that time Russell Sage has been as favorably known in Wall Street as any broker in the country.  He occupies an office in the same building with Gould, and of the leading spirits, with whom he mingles daily.  He attends strictly to business, and never even smokes. Mr. Sage deals in everything which he deems "an investment," --  banks, railroad stock, real estate, all receive his attention. He is a very cautious operator, and cannot, by any means, be induced into a "blind pool".  He has, however, been very successful in the "street," and it is said has built over 3,000 miles of railroad.  Russell Sage might easily be mistaken for a church deacon, instead of the keen operator that he is.  However, no one in the "street" will give away "points" to his friends sooner than he.  The Troy Times once mentioned several people who said that Mr. Sage had pointed out to them investments, of which they could never have known but for him, each investment having yielded them thousands of dollars.  He often gives friends the benefit of his splendid opportunities, which makes him a general favorite among all brokers. Mr. Sage enjoys the confidence and friendship of some of the leading operators, among whom are Jay Gould.

He is a man of marked ability and honesty.  He never fails to meet any of his obligations, nor will he allow others to neglect theirs.  Of course, he is careful what he agrees to do, but always does just as he agrees regardless of cost.  For this reason he is known in Wall street as "Old Integrity".  Russell Sage is a shrewd, close calculator, and is worth many millions, the result of improving his opportunities.  He is a consistent member of the Evangelical Church, and is very charitable.  Long may such men live, for we have many worse.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Life of Daniel Drew.

HERE is a great financier. A man of unusual ability; but who is no exception to the rule, born poor.

His success came by hard work and a thorough mastery of his business.  It is surprising how many Wall Street operators began life on the farm. In the case of Daniel Drew, at the age of only fifteen, matters were made worse by the death of his father.

At eighteen, he concluded to go to New York; but, after a discouraging time of it, his money giving out, he was obliged to return to his home. However, his trip did not prove a total failure, as subsequent events show.

While in the metropolis he heard that fat cattle could be sold there at a profit over what he knew they could be bought for, at his country home. He therefore resolved to go into the cattle business. True, he had no money, he was a poor country lad, but this made little difference with Drew's determination.

As he had no money with which to buy a drove for himself, he did the next best thing ; this was to induce the neighboring farmers to allow him to drive their cattle to market on a commission plan. By this one act the reader can understand the difference between Daniel Drew and the neighboring farm boys, many of whom were better situated, doubtless, than was he.

Another characteristic he developed was economy; his money was saved and with these small savings he added cattle to his drove which were his own, hence, increased his profits; first one at a time, then two, when at last he abandoned the commission business, becoming a drover on his own account.

Later, he took a partner and the firm of Drew & Co. became the cattle kings of America. This was the first firm that ever drove cattle from the West, and Drew, ever watchful for opportunities to add to his already increasing income, bought a tavern which became, as Drew knew it would under
good management, the centre of the cattle business in the city on market days.

As time passed, as a matter of course, following such a line of procedure, he became a very rich man, and his disposition being of an enterprising nature, he began to cast about him for new investments, seeking new fields to conquer. The explosion of a boat on the Hudson, discommoding for a time the existing line, offered to Drew the favorable opportunity for which he was looking, and as was characteristic he at once improved his chance.

He immediately placed on the river the "Water Witch"; the old line resumed business; the fares were reduced until the profits of both companies were eaten up. The opposition tried to intimidate, they tried to buy out, and then tried to negotiate some other deals, but all in vain. On the contrary Drew put on the "West Chester," and instead of stopping at Peekskill, he extended to Albany. He next bought the "Bright Emerald," and started an evening line. This was a new feature in those days and as it enabled the business men to travel without loss of time, it became eminently popular.

Drew was a man with a fertile mind; he made a study of whatever he undertook ; he was a hard man to beat. He bought the "Rochester," and next bought out the old line. For a long time he had things pretty much his own way; then came a new opposition. This time, through negotiations, he won the opposition over and established the celebrated "People's Line," naming their first boat after his new partner, " St. John."

Mr. Drew, in connection with others, formed the "Stonington Line" between New York and Boston, and still later he opened the "Champlain Transportation Company" from White Hall, New York, to Rouses Point, Vermont. He next placed his shoulder under Erie, endorsing its paper
to the amount of ten millions. Later still he was elected President of this company, and as Erie and Central are natural enemies, Vanderbilt and Drew henceforth became hostile toward each other.

Mr. Drew wanted to extend Erie west. To do this he must get a special act of the Legislature. Of course, he had Vanderbilt and Central, with all their patronage, with which to contend, and a bitter fight it proved to be; but in those days Daniel Drew seemed invincible in court, and the
bill passed, Erie re-issuing stock and extending its lines.

He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Churchy and to him is that religious body indebted for that grand institution, "Drew Theological Seminary." Many men would have made a worse use of vast wealth than did Daniel Drew. He was a man who was quiet; he kept
his "points," and was a pleasing conversationalist. In 1879 he died, leaving two children.

A Quote from Wise.

Every young man is now a sower of seed on the field of Life. The bright days of youth are the seed-time. Every thought of your intellect, every emotion of your heart, every word of your tongue, every principle you adopt, every act you form, is a seed whose good or evil fruit will prove bliss or bane of your after life.



Some succeed while others fail.  This is a recognized fact; yet history tells us that seven tenths of our most successful men began life poor. As our title indicates, we shall endeavor to show "why some succeed while others fail."

Knowing that everybody desires success, and recognizing the old adage, "Example is the best of teachers," we have selected representative characters from the multitude of successful men who have climbed the ladder of success, beginning at the bottom rung.

These we have followed from childhood to manhood, dwelling at length on the traits of character that have made them so rich and successful, believing that a careful study will convince all that the proverbial "luck" had little to do with it. On the contrary, one is taught those lessons of self-helpfulness and self-reliance which are so essential to success in life's struggles.

It is fearful to think how many of our young people are drifting without an aim in life, and do not comprehend that they owe mankind their best efforts. We are all familiar with the
parable of the slothful servant who buried his talent—all may profit by his example.

To those who would succeed, we respectfully present this volume.

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