I was taught very early that I would have to depend entirely upon myself; that my future lay in my own hands.
Darius Ogden Mills (September 5, 1825 - January 3, 1910) was a prominent American banker and philanthropist. He was born in North Salem, New York and his early career was as a bank clerk and retailer. He joined the California Gold Rush in December 1848, and founded a bank in Sacramento. He invested in gold mining, silver mining in Nevada, forest land near Lake Tahoe, and the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.