Sunday, June 8, 2014

No Pauper But Thought He Was as Rich and Powerful as a Prince

The Detroit Free Press, July 12, 1894
Alexander Campau owned the Wabash Railroad, stock in other railroads, was a land baron, an expert bookeeper, the supervisor of Ecorse and a probate judge of Wayne County, among other things. A real renaissance man. Except that he was insane and none of it was true. Which is why we're here. But what's even crazier than Campau was that despite him being a 40-year-old man his parents were legally responsible for his care due to their elevated financial status. Talk about a welfare state.

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