THE CAPITAL: Miner's Daughter

In 1896, when Evalyn Walsh was ten, her tough, Tipperary-born father struck gold at Ouray, Colo. Tom Walsh had lived in a boxcar, tended store in Deadwood, and hammered outcroppings for fruitless decades. But when the millions rolled in he twirled the ends of his handlebar mustache, hustled his family off to Washington and swore that his daughter was going to be a lady. Evalyn promptly swore that she wouldn't. She didn't. But in the next 50 years she proved that with $100 million, a wild Irish miner's daughter could do almost...

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