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David Whitney

'The man who could out-lumber Paul Bunyan.' David Whitney bought Michigan and Wisconsin pine lands by the hundreds of thousands of acres for $3 to $50 an acre and made profits that sometimes equaled ... show more

'The man who could out-lumber Paul Bunyan.' David Whitney bought Michigan and Wisconsin pine lands by the hundreds of thousands of acres for $3 to $50 an acre and made profits that sometimes equaled 100 times the original cost. When he died in 1900 he was the wealthiest man in Detroit with a fortune estimated at $15 million.

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