Leidesdorff: CA's 1st Gold Rush Millionaire
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About The Event
Please join us for a screening of Robert Lee Grant's Gold Rush Generation documentary film on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019.
Robert Lee Grant graduated with a PhD in Business Economics and is a well-established historian and filmmaker. His documentary discusses the extraordinary life of William Leidesdorff - a dynamic, entrepreneurial financial genius of the American West. A West Indian immigrant of Danish and African Cuban descent, Leidesdorff left his birthplace, the Danish island of St. Croix, for New Orleans where he became a U.S. citizen in 1834. He resettled in Yerba Buena in 1841, 5 years before Sam Brannan. His global shipping and trading experience as a businessman culminated in his obtaining a Mexican land grant of 35,500 acres, Rancho Rio de los Americanos adjacent to the Mormon Island gold strike along the American River. Grant elaborates how Leidesdorff's financial achievements in California resulted in his becoming the first Gold Rush millionaire and the wealthiest man west of the Mississippi River.
Members Free Admission - Guests $5 Admission Fee