Southbridge Doesn't Need a TM Clark; It Needs a Hetty Green!Hetty Green nicknamed "The Witch of Wall Street" November 21, 1834 – July 3, 1916), was an American business woman, remarkable for her frugality during the Gilded Age, as well as for being the first American woman to make a substantial impact on Wall Street. When her father died in 1864, she inherited $7.5 million ($107 million in 2010 adjusted for inflation) in liquid assets, against the objections of most of her family, and invested in Civil War Bonds.There are many tales about Hetty Green's stinginess. She never turned on the heat nor used hot water. She wore one old black dress and undergarments that she changed only after they had been worn out. She did not wash her hands and rode an old carriage. She ate mostly pies that cost fifteen cents. One tale claims that she spent half a night searching her carriage for a lost stamp worth two cents. Another asserts that she instructed her laundress to wash only the dirtiest parts of her dresses (the hems)to save money on soap.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hetty_Green
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