Author Event | Michael W. Nagle: The Forgotten Iron King of the Great Lakes
Michael W. Nagle discusses his new book about Eber Brock Ward (1811–1875).
Ward began his career as a cabin boy on his uncle’s sailing vessels, but when he died in 1875, he was the wealthiest man in Michigan. His business activities were vast and innovative. Ward was engaged in the steamboat, railroad, lumber, mining, and iron and steel industries. In 1864, his facility near Detroit became the first in the nation to produce steel using the more efficient Bessemer method.