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 James “Big Jim” Fisk

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James “Big Jim” Fisk

  • Birth 1 Apr 1835 Pownal, Bennington County, Vermont, USA
  • Death 7 Jan 1872 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont, USA
  • Memorial ID 343

Financier. One of the most prominent bankers and money men of the post-Civil War era, he teamed with fellow financier Jay Gould to corner the New York City, New York gold market in 1869. This attempt to consolidate the wealth in the hands of the two men resulted in the Financial Panic of 1869 (called "Black Friday"), and forced the federal government to release gold reserves to reduce the price of gold and stem the panic. Fisk was murdered by a former associate who had unsuccessfully tried to extort money from him over his business dealings.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 343
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James “Big Jim” Fisk (1 Apr 1835–7 Jan 1872), Find A Grave Memorial no. 343, citing Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .