JAMES G. FAIR (1831-1894). Fair, an Irish immigrant, made a fortune in silver mining. After several unsuccessful mining attempts, he struck the Comstock lode, the greatest silver mine ever found, resulting in over $100 million of silver and destabilizing the metal. Fair served one term in the Senate and invested his profits in land, buildings and railroads. His personal life, however, was unhappy, and he was sued for divorce and found comfort in alcohol.