Henry Miller: King of cattle, land and water
Henry Miller boasted that he could walk from Mexico to Oregon and spend each night on his own land. After all, at the height of his empire he owned 1.4 million acres of land and leased another 14 million acres to accommodate one million head of cattle and 100,000 sheep. A strict and inflexible disciplinarian, perhaps reflecting his Prussian stock, he worked prodigious hours, at times 24 hours a day. And he held equally strict and inflexible opinions, opposing universal suffrage, railing against the Chinese as necessary evils, regarding American youth as indolent and undependable and calling college-educated men pitiful specimens of humanity. But above all, Henry Miller was the undisputed cattle king of California, if not the nation and the world.