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by Hattie Beresford
ark Twain said he was “as rotten of a human being as can
be found anywhere under the flag.” The U.S. Senate spoke
of his scandalous attempt to buy a Senate seat as an act that
“indicated complete obliteration of conscience.” And instead
of earning admiration for his opulent New York mansion, he
received ridicule and scorn for its architectural ostentation. William Andrews Clark,
the son of Iowan homesteaders, had become one of the richest men in America by the
end of the 19
century, but he never earned the respect of his millionaire peers or the
general public.
William Andrews Clark