This Day in Jewish History 1890: A Man Who Ruled Wall Street and Wanted Washington to Buy Cuba Dies

August Belmont came under the wing of the Rothschilds and, moving swiftly in crisis, became huge in investments. And horses. And politics.

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On November 24, 1890, August Belmont – one of 19th-century America’s top financiers, a leader of the Democratic Party during and following the Civil War, and a horse breeder for whom the third “jewel” in...