Nebraska Authors

Gurdon Wallace Wattles

Born 1855-05-12 Richford, NY (USA)

Died 1932-01-31
Hollywood, CA (USA)

Glendale, CA (USA)
Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Omaha businessman and civic leader, Wattles was an organizer and chairman of the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition and Indian Congress in 1898. He was a close friend of William Jennings Bryan. Wattles is said to have bankrolled a significant part of the early Hollywood film industry.

See also (Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition): William Henry Jackson, Frank Rinehart

Places Lived

New York
Omaha, NE
Los Angeles, CA

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Banking; Autobiography; History of Omaha, Nebraska


United States Food Administration
Banking Executive
Business Owner

Places Worked

United States National Bank, Omaha, NE
Commercial State Bank, Omaha, NE
Omaha Streetcar Company
Hotel Fontanelle, Omaha, NE


William Jennings Bryan
Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition and Indian Congress, Omaha, 1898


Autobiography of Gurdon Wallace Wattles. 1922.
A Crime Against Labor: A Brief History of the Omaha and Council Bluffs Street Railway Strike, 1909. 1909.
"The Banker of the Future": An Address Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Nebraska Bankers Association at Lincoln, Nebraska, October 25, 1905. 1905.

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