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James Fisk

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Fisk, James (1834–72), U.S. financial speculator, notorious for stock manipulation. With Jay Gould he engaged in a brutal stock market struggle for control of the Erie Railroad. Their attempt to corner the gold market in 1869 led to the Black Friday scandal. He was shot by a business associate and rival for the affections of an actress.

See also: Black Friday.

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