Amusing Characters in History, Part 1
Always found eccentrics amusing, so I was highly intrigued when someone pointed out Timothy Dexter, eccentric and very lucky man:
Because he was basically uneducated, his business sense was peculiar but extremely lucky. Somebody inspired him to send warming pans for sale to West Indies, a tropical area. His captain sold them as ladles for local molasses industry and made a good profit. Next Dexter sent wool mittens to the same place. Asian merchants bought them for export to Siberia.Here's the tale of his business success in Dexter's own words... But the most eccentric part was his relationship with his wife:
His next venture was selling coal to Newcastle, which should have been a sure failure. His ships happened to arrive in the time of a coalminer's strike and potential customers were actually desperate.
Dexter's own relationship with his wife was troubled as well. This became evident when he started telling visitors that his wife had died, despite the fact that she was still very much alive, and that the "drunken nagging woman" whom frequented the bulding was simply her ghost.Again, in his own words...