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Volume Listing > Volume 47 > Wheat speculation in the Civil War era: Daniel Wells and the grain trade, 1860-1862

Ernst, Dorothy J. "Wheat speculation in the Civil War era: Daniel Wells and the grain trade, 1860-1862"


Wheat Speculations in the Civil War Era: Daniel Wells and the Grain Trade, 1860-1862: Wheat production boomed in western Wisconsin and Minnesota in the late 1850s, and despite rapid fluctuations in price, speculation was rampant. Among the speculators betting big on wheat was Milwaukee businessman Daniel Wells, Jr. (1808-1902), who plunged heavily into the market and leveraged his ownership of banks on both sides of the Mississippi to try to get ahead. The article describes his business transactions over a two year period, the rise and fall of wheat prices with the start of the Civil War, and his troubles with currency shortages. (11 pages)

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Citation: Ernst, Dorothy J. "Wheat speculation in the Civil War era: Daniel Wells and the grain trade, 1860-1862" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 47 /Issue: 2 (1963-1964)

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