Samuel Brannan

Sam Brannan was a merchant in San Francisco who lived during the Gold Rush Days, he sold shovels. Everyone in the city was desperately trying to find gold…

Well, one day Sam, being the savvy entrepreneur that he was, came up with a devilish idea that would make him one of the most ingenious, if not the richest man in the west.

What he did was this. He went out and purchased all the shovels he could find in San Francisco! When he returned on his little shopping spree, he was the proud owner of every single shovel in the city!

Soon after, he grabbed a handful of gold dust, ran through the streets and like a maniac yelled at the top of his lungs…”There’s gold in the American River! Look, see for yourself, I have some! Read the rest of this entry