John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich

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OK, I’m sure everyone in South Dakota has had a sandwich at one time or another. The only other thing this post has to do with South Dakota is there is a “Earl of Sandwich” located in Cadillac Jack’s in Deadwood. Which by the way they make the most delicious sandwiches I have had so far in my life.

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, was a British statesman who succeeded his grandfather as the Earl of Sandwich in 1729, at the age of ten. He is best known for the claim that he was the inventor of the sandwich. A very conversant gambler, Lord Sandwich did not take the time to have a meal during his long hours playing at the card table. Consequently, he would ask his servants to bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread; a habit well known among his gambling friends. Because John Montagu was the Earl of Sandwich others began to order “the same as Sandwich!” – and the “sandwich” was born.


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