Gold in His Veins...the Story of John Daggett

 
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John Daggett sailed to California in early 1852 with the hope of discovering gold in the west and thence becoming a rich man. He left the small town he was born and grew up in, Newark, New York, with only a few dollars in his pocket but with a wealth of enthusiasm. When he arrived in California, what he found was: a lot of competition for land in the gold mining areas, harsh winter weather, disasterous low-land floods, strains of deadly diseases, and a mulititude of accidental deaths both in an around the mines. Nevertheless, he did eventually find gold - and lots of it! Not only did John eventually become a successful miner, and mine owner, but he also became a successful politician in the state of California. And, his political achievement led him to being selected to the estimed position of Superintendent of the San Francisco Mint. Also, while he was Superintendent, the Mint produced one of its most collectable rarities known today, the 1894 S dime. It is obvious from John's own words that he enjoyed life and all it had to offer. Whatever he did, he did with gusto, not always with success, but always with enthusiasm. He prized a challenge and he made sure that he was never without lots of them. This book offers a look into the very full and rewarding life of John Daggett. It provides a look at how his political influence affected the history of the state of California - perhaps some for the better and perhaps some for the worse. It delves into how John's most successful gold mine, "Black Bear", affected the very economy of the state and how his tenure as Mint Superintendent influenced the hobby of Numismatics. It also provides for a deep look into early minining practices in the state of California.

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