John Hays Hammond, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


John Hays Hammond

American businessman

Date of Birth: 31-Mar-1855

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Death: 08-Jun-1936

Profession: businessperson, engineer, diplomat, geologist, mining engineer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About John Hays Hammond

  • John Hays Hammond (31 March 1855 – 8 June 1936) was a mining engineer, diplomat, and philanthropist.
  • Known as the man with the Midas touch, he amassed a sizable fortune before the age of 40.
  • An early advocate of deep mining, Hammond was given complete charge of Cecil Rhodes' mines in South Africa and made each undertaking a financial success.
  • He was a main force planning and executing the Jameson Raid in 1895.
  • It was a fiasco and Hammond, along with the other leaders of the Johannesburg Reform Committee, was arrested and sentenced to death.
  • The Reform Committee leaders were released after paying large fines, but like many of the leaders, Hammond escaped Africa for good.
  • He returned to the United States, became a close friend of President William Howard Taft, and was appointed a special ambassador.
  • At the same time, he continued to develop mines in Mexico and California and, in 1923, he made another fortune while drilling for oil with the Burnham Exploration Company.
  • His son, John Hays Hammond, Jr., patented over 400 inventions, and is widely regarded as the father of radio control.

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