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July 23, 1863: I. T. Mann was born in Greenbrier County

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Financier and industrialist Isaac Thomas Mann (July 23, 1863-May 18, 1932) was born in Greenbrier County. After an apprenticeship at his father’s Greenbrier Valley Bank in 1889, Mann helped organize the Bank of Bramwell, which became a financial pillar of the southern coalfields.

Mann visited financier J. P. Morgan in New York in 1901 and in a famous seven-minute interview received backing for an ambitious scheme to acquire coal bearing lands in McDowell County from the Philadelphia...

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