Comstock, Henry (Tompkins Paige)(1820–70) prospector; born in Trent, Ontario, Canada. He went to Nevada in 1856 and claimed the ground where (1859) was found the silver lode that was given his name. He sold his right for a small sum and turned to prospecting and road-building elsewhere.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.