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Jul 17 2016, 03:29 PM
>> The show is fiction but Thomas Durant was not

Right. I didn't indicate I thought otherwise by

>> had sorta gotten that impression of Durant in some things I've read.

Which would include his Wikipedia entry, of course, as that's our go-to quick-and-easy reference work, sure...
Yes, Wikipedia mentions his greed and arrogance freely. I have been watching some of the new American West series on AMC and they have mentioned him several times in accordance with the building of the railroad. I haven't watched enough to hear about his personal demeanor yet, though I did research him enough to know he died broke as he did on the show.
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