George Gardiner

Dentist George Gardiner wanted the American government to compensate him for damages to his Mexican silver mine during the Mexican war.

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The American government paid Gardiner for the loss of his Mexican mine, then began to have second thoughts.  Washington sent Army officer Abner Doubleday (later of baseball fame) on a fact-finding trip to Mexico. Investigators discovered that the silver mine was a figment of Gardinerís imagination.  

Gardiner bragged that he had influential friends in Washington, including General Winfield Scott.

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10/10/2009