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2 p.m. Ferdinand Ward: 19th-Century Swindler Talk & Tour
September 30, 2012, 2:00pm–4:00pm
The title of Geoffrey Ward‚Äôs book says it all: A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor‚Äôs Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States.
In the era of Madoff and Ponzi, America has all but forgotten about the original king of the swindle, Ferdinand Ward. Unmatched in ambition, Ward defrauded businessmen, celebrities, his own late wife and even President Ulysses S. Grant. Join Geoffrey Ward, acclaimed historian and great-grandson of Ferdinand, to delve into the sordid details of this sweet-talking con man. After the talk, enjoy a trolley tour of scandalous Green-Wood residents, including Ferdinand Ward himself.
This event has two parts, with separate tickets for each part:
- The free book talk/presentation in the historic Green-Wood chapel.
- A guided trolley tour immediately following the talk. Tickets are $15 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and $20 for non-members.
Seating is limited for both the talk and the trolley tour, and reservations are recommended.
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