This wonderful man was born at Verona, Oneida County, New York, over sixty
years ago. In early life, he determined to earn all that he could, and spend
less than he earned. When he arrived at the age of fifteen, he removed to Troy,
and entered the grocery store of one of his brothers. Until eighteen years of
age he remained here as a clerk when he had saved money enough to buy an
interest in another store of which another brother was proprietor. Here he
remained several years in successful trade, when the partnership was dissolved.
He next turned his attention to the wholesale trade, dealing in grain, flour,
pork, beef, etc., the most of these ventures proving successful.
His towns' people, recognizing his business ability elected him alderman for
seven years, and later, treasurer of Rensselaer county. His fidelity in these
trusts won for him a seat in Congress, and he was re-elected by an increased
majority, serving both terms with great credit to himself and party.
In 1860, he had succeeded so well that he could show $200,000 on the credit
side of his bank account. Seeking new fields to conquer, he naturally gravitated
to the money centre, New York. Since that time Russell Sage has been as
favorably known in Wall street as any broker in the country. He occupies an
office in the same building with [Jay] Gould, and scores of the leading spirits, with
whom he mingles daily. He attends strictly to business, and never even smokes.
Mr. Sage deals in everything which he deems "an investment,"óbanks, railroad
stock, real estate, all receive his attention. He is a very cautious operator,
and cannot, by any possible means, be induced into a "blind pool." He has,
however, been very successful in the "street," and it is said has built over
three thousand miles of railroad. Russell Sage might easily be mistaken for a
church deacon, instead of the keen operator that he is. However, no one in the
"street" will give away "points" to his friends sooner than he. The Troy
Times once mentioned several people who said that Mr. Sage had pointed out
to them investments, of which they could never have known but for him, each
investment having yielded them thousands of dollars. He often gives friends the
benefit of his splendid opportunities, which makes him a general favorite among
all brokers. Mr. Sage enjoys the confidence and friendship of some of the
leading operators, among whom are Jay Gould.
He is a man of marked ability, and honesty. He never fails to meet any of his
obligations, nor will he allow others to neglect theirs. Of course, he is
careful what he agrees to do, but always does just as he agrees, regardless of
cost. For this reason he is known in Wall street as "Old Integrity." Russell
Sage is a shrewd, close calculator, and is worth many millions, the result of
improving his opportunities. He is a consistent member of the Evangelical
Church, and is very charitable. Long may such men live, for we have many