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Matt Wentworth

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About Matt Wentworth

  • Owner/Manager - Belle-St. Regis Hotel

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  • Role
    Main Character
  • Playby
    Richard Long
  • Full Name
    Matthew Charles Wentworth
  • Goes By
    Matt
  • Profession
    Hotelier
  • Position
    Owner
  • Birth Date
    01/26/1840
  • Status
    Widower
  • Height
    6' 0"
  • Hair Color
    Dark Brown
  • Eye Color
    Blue

Physical Description

Dress is that of a typical businessman but can go casual when necessary or when he is not working in the hotel or on hotel business.

He is clean-shaven.  Light tan complexion due to his horse riding activities.

Gets his looks and colouring from his father's side.

Weight: 170 pounds

 

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Traits & Characteristics

Character Traits
Easy Going; Intelligent; Callousness; Practical; Humble; Loyal and supportive

General Personality
Can be adventurous but is sensible when taking risks.  He gets all the facts and information needed before making a decision (investigative nature).  He also learns a lot from just being quiet, watching and listening to what is going and only steps in when he sees the need to or someone is in danger/trouble.  Matt is courteous and respectful to most people. Is a bit of a ladies' man.

He believes in justice and doesn't like those who take advantage of those in less fortunate circumstances.

Even though he has been married, he has never been in love - a fact he realised soon after his marriage to Louisa, when he found out that she was not what she claimed she was.  From this experience he has learnt to be more cautious where is heart is concerned and not to be easily taken in by a woman who pushes all the right buttons (for him) and/or uses her charms to get what she wants.

Negative traits are that he can be intolerant and callous at times (depending on the situation and person).  Due to the nature of his work and his past he has learnt to hide his true emotions when needed.

Professional Skills
Approachable; efficient; open-minded; calm.

Religion: Protestant

Employment

Belle-St. Regis Hotel (Owner/Manager)

  • Improving or implementing services.  Generally, running a profitable business and keeping the 5-star rating.  He likes to arrive unannounced so that he can see how things really are.

U.S. Secret Service (Agent)

  • Gathering evidence on the Steelgraves and keeping on eye on region for the Secret Service.

 

Expertise

Self Defense
Can hold his own in a fist fight.  He is a good shot but not a fast gun.

Hobbies & Interests
Reading; horse riding (exploring his surroundings)

Aliases / Nicknames

Matt

Residense(s)

Current Residence
Belle-St. Regis Hotel, Kalispell

Kith & Kin

| FAMILY |

Spouse / Partner
Louisa - died April 1865 (married in 1863).  Louisa married Matt for the Wentworth name and money.  She continued her lifestyle, which was easy as Matt was away at the war.  She had many lovers before and after her marriage.  She was killed by the wife of one her lovers.

Children
None

Father
Charles Albert Wentworth (an influential person in political and social circles in Washington D.C. i.e. the man behind the scenes pulling the strings). Hopes one day to have a son who will enter politics so that he gain more influence.

Mother
Rebecca Mary Wentworth (nee Martin)

Brothers
Michael Robert Wentworth (born 1843)

Samuel Martin Wentworth (born 1845)

Charles Albert Wentworth Jr. (born 1855)

Sister
Mary Alice Wentworth Barlow (born 1850)

Life Events

January 1840 - September 1858

Born the eldest of five children to Charles and Rebecca Wentworth.  His father worked as aide to a number of senators and was considered an important man to know if you want to get ahead in Washington.   His childhood was uneventful. Matt's father wanted him to go to Yale to become a lawyer and as dutiful son he did so.

September 1858 - May 1861

Attends Yale Law School (does not graduate in an act of defiance against his father).  He knew after the first semester of law school that it was not what he wanted to do.  After living a secluded life in Washington, college had opened his eyes to other possibilities.  He tries on numerous occasions to convince his father to let him travel so that he could work out what he wanted from life but his father is adamant that he stay in school.

May 1861 - August 1865

Seeing an opportunity to get out and see the world, he leaves school to join the US (Union) Army to fight in The Civil War.  Due to his college education, he becomes a junior Lieutenant and later a Captain.  It was also during this time that he starts to develop an interest in investing and buying land and hotels.

September 1863 - April 1865

Marries Louisa, who is eventually killed by the wife of one of her lovers.  The marriage was over long before the time of her death, which occurs while he is at the Battle of Appomattox Station.

August 1865

Joins the newly formed Secret Service (Treasury Department) in combating counterfeit U.S. currency.  Later, he became involves in investigating federal crimes.  He now uses his business interests as means of gaining access to those who have come under suspicion in order to gather evidence to convict them.

Present 1875

Has been sent to Kalispell to keep a watch (as well as being a contact for other operatives that may be in the area) and gather any evidence to convict those who may be behind a number of suspicious activities in the area over the last few years.  Buying the hotel presented a golden opportunity to get into the town and the community.

Character Notes

Place of Birth:  Washington D.C.

General Notes
Yale Law School (3 years) - quit and joined the US (Union) Army at the start of the Civil War.

Languages Spoken: English

Animals & Pets: No pets.

Player Notes

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Recent Posts

  1. Matt Wentworth
    Matt smiled, "That's all I wanted to hear.  You can trust me to help to get this hospital up and going.  If all goes to plan and I do become mayor then what we are doing now won't matter.  The only thing, we have to worry about is if Cole Latham gets in but I think that is something that won't happen especially as most people know that he works for your father."
     
    He went over to pick up his hat, and turned to Leah, "Now, how we go sign those papers and get that first lot of soiled turned over before the day is out."
     
    @Flip
     
    OOC: I think we can head over to the court house now and get the formalities done.
  2. Matt Wentworth
    "That's what I was hoping you would say."
     
    Matt grabbed the chair he had been sitting on and pulled it closer to Leah.  It was his way of showing that he trusted her and that he was keeping her at arms length.  Once he was seated he leaned forward.  "There's no way of putting this lightly so I will just tell.  Shortly after the war finished I was recruited into the Secret Service.  I am still working for them."
     
    He paused as he let Leah take in what he had just said, "An opportunity arose here in Kalispell for me to be sent here to keep an eye on your father and to gather any evidence I can find in order to bring charges against him.  As you know your father has a hand in a great deal of things.  We don't know how many or who is on his payroll.   Keeping him occupied with trying to interfere with your plans may give us a chance to get what we need."
     
    "The problem is that if I become mayor, I can't run the hotel or continue my duties as an agent.  If you're wondering, I do own the hotel.   Being a businessman has helped me get into a few places to carry out my duties.  The main reason why I am telling you this is that I know of someone who is taking a break from the Service that I would like to bring in to help run the hotel.  Outside the two of us he will be the only one who knows."
     
    He smiled warmly, "I know I said that you shouldn't tell anyone but I am hoping you won't mind that I am bringing in someone else.  As far as you're concerned, he will be only a hotel employee and will act as such.  You won't have to speak to him unless you have to and vice versa."
     
    @Flip
  3. Matt Wentworth
    "All right, as long as we keep the truth about the ordinance just between the two of us, we shouldn't have a problem where that is concerned," he said warmly.
     
    A thought then occurred to him. "I know that we both have people who we would like to tell about this but we will have to use some discretion.  The preference is that the less people who the better but if either of us must tell we have to be sure that won't say anything or that they can't be easily influenced. We might have to bring the marshall into this at some point but I'm hoping we can avoid it.  Marshall Guyer is a good man, but he won't tolerate anything that is underhanded even if the intentions are honourable."
     
    For a moment, he debated what to say next.  Keeping Elias occupied with stopping his daughter would serve a number of purposes, especially where the investigation into his holdings was concerned.  Running for mayor would require him to retire from the Service, but he was aware that there was someone else he could call on to take his place.  Having just told Leah to be discrete and then not to do it himself would look contradictory.  If was going to trust her in keeping the ordinance a secret, then he would have to trust on this.
     
    "There's one more thing I need you to do for me," he said solemnly, "I have something to tell you that you must keep to yourself as well."
     
    @Flip
  4. Matt Wentworth
    "Yes, I know what will happen if your father gains control of not just Kalispell but the whole region.  In fact, it could even affect Montana's chances of becoming a state.  I have it on good authority that your father has been very active in other parts of the territory as well not just here."
     
    Matt stood up and took a deep breath.  The Service would approve of him running for mayor as it would disrupt Steelgrave's plans, especially if he won.  The chances of him winning, however, were good but not great.  He was going to need all the help he could get to win this.
     
    "All right, I'll run for mayor, however there's a lot of risk involved. If manage this right, we should be fine, but I will be needing your help and influence.  I probably have some support, but I will be needing a whole lot more if I am going to win this.  Latham will have all of your father's resources behind him, both legal and not so legal."
     
    @Flip
  5. Matt Wentworth
    Matt smiled at Leah's faux pas.  It was true he had been thinking about running for mayor but he hadn't made a decision.  There was a lot to consider, especially what he would do about his other job here in Kalispell.  Becoming mayor would mean giving up his job with the Secret Service.  He couldn't run a hotel, run a town and keep up with his responsibilities as an agent. Something would have to go.
     
    However, there was also something else.  This problem with Ben Robertson and the delay he caused in the hospital project, wasn't something that just happened.  Ben would have to go digging through the town records to find this ordinance and he wouldn't have done it unless he had a good reason to.  Whatever that reason was, Matt had a feeling that Elias Steelgrave was somehow behind it all.  Elias was the only person he could think of who would want to see Leah and the hospital fail.
     
    The main reason for his coming to Kalispell was to keep an eye on Elias.  The Secret Service suspected the Steelgrave patriach to be involved in a number of illegal deals, but they had no evidence.  Having someone here watching Elias was the only way they might be able to get the proof they need to convict him.  However, it was something he would have to think about later.
     
    "I agree with you about Latham.  As for myself, I'm still haven't quite decided if I want to run for mayor.  It's a big responsibility. However, there's one thing I am sure of.  Getting this hospital project going will not be to your father's liking and he will try his best to stop it."
     
    @Flip
  6. Matt Wentworth
    "Yes, going ahead with the hospital is the only thing we can do.  Hopefully, by the time or if somebody bothers to check the town records, construction will be too far gone to stop it.  The only thing we have to worry about any future repercussions."
     
    Pausing, he leaned back in the chair a little, "At the moment, I can control the situation but after the mayoral election, I won't be able to.  The new mayor will appoint his own town council and I may not be on it.  Your father is already ahead of us in the matter with Cole Latham nominating as one of the contenders. If Latham gets in, then you can be sure that he will find out about our ruse."
     
    @Flip
  7. Matt Wentworth
    Matt smiled, "I've already got a plan and I'm glad that you think that something should be done."
     
    He showed Leah to a nearby chair and motioned for a her to sit on it.  After she had, he took another which was opposite.  "What I have in mind will involved a lot risk but if it works out the payment will be worth it.  Ben Robertson went looking for some way to make sure you stopped on purpose.  I had no idea it existed and I'm pretty sure no-one else would as the original town ordinances would be buried somewhere deep in the town records and it would take a lot of looking to find each one of them."
     
    "Now, Ben wouldn't have done this out of spite or even because he doesn't like the Steelgrave name.  I believe he was pushed into doing it and leaving town was just a last ditch effort to stop the hospital.  I suspect that whoever is behind all of this knows something about the judge that he doesn't want to get out.  My years of experience in dealing with this sort thing tells me that it has to be big in order for the judge to throw away everything like this."
     
    He sighed, "What I am counting on for this plan to work is that nobody goes digging around in the town records.  Essentially, my plan is that we go ahead with signing the temporary contract as if there is nothing wrong.  The mayoral election is in a couple of months and by then the official contract should be back.  The new mayor and the town council he appoints will sign it and by then what we do now won't matter."
     
    @Flip
  8. Matt Wentworth
    Matt was relieved when the Marshall went off to speak Leah's men.  What he had to say was best done in private to give Leah a chance to decide what she wanted to do next.
     
    Looking at Leah, he smiled and tipped his hat, "Good morning.  I'm sorry about this unexpected visit but there is something we need to discuss."
     
    As he went inside, he tried to work out a way to tell her the news.  Seeing that there was no way to soften it, he took off his hat and went ahead, "I received a letter this morning from Judge Robertson.  It seems he and his wife have left for parts unknown.  In the letter he advised me of a town ordinance which up until now had no reason to be acted upon.  It  was written back when Kalispell was first settled and declared a town."
     
    After placing his hat on the side table, he continued, "The town ordinance states that all land as well as all other official dealings done by on behalf of the town of Kalispell by the town council must be in written down.  This explains why the judge had to draw up a contract and why he sent it Helena to be scrutinised.  What he explain in the letter was that this contract as well as the temporary one we were planning to sign this morning must be signed by all sitting members of the town council.  Ben Robertson, by leaving town, has now put an end to any plans you may have."
     
    @Flip
  9. Matt Wentworth
    Matt had expected one of Leah's men to approach him but what he didn't expect was the Marshall to turn up so soon.  He was hoping to have a private chat with Leah about the situation they were now in.  For his plan to succeed, the less people who knew about the problem with the town ordinance the better.
     
    "Good morning, Marshall," Matt said with a hint of joviality in his voice, "I thought I might escort Miss Steelgrave personally to the courthouse as a sign of goodwill from the town council.  I see that you had the same idea.  Shall we?"
     
    Without waiting for answer, Matt knocked on the front door.
     
    @Flip
  10. Matt Wentworth
    Mature Content: No
    With: Matt Wentworth and Leah Steelgrave
    Location: Belle-St Regis Hotel first then Leah's house
    When:  The day after "A Gathering of Storm Clouds" and "The Property Question 2" (1876)
    Time of Day: Morning (before 9am)
     

     
    Matt had just finished his breakfast and was making his way back to his office to do some hotel paperwork before the meeting at nine o'clock when his day desk clerk, Walter Simpson stopped him.
     
    "Mr. Wentworth, a young boy just dropped this off," Walter said as he handed Matt and envelope, "The boy said he was sorry and he would have delivered it earlier if it weren't for his mother making sure he finished his breakfast.  He also said something about being told that he had to wait until this morning to give it to you."
     
    "Thank you, Walter," Matt replied before continuing on his way.  When he got to his office he sat down and briefly looked at the envelope to try to determine who it came from before opening it.
     
    As he read the letter his emotions ranged from surprise to dismay.  It from Ben Robertson informing him that he and his wife would be gone by the time Matt had received the letter. Ben apologised saying that he thought it best to leave as he didn't want to go into the reasons why he had delayed the hospital contract.  Whatever those reasons were, they must be big to make a man like Ben Robertson to just up and go, Matt surmised.
     
    The rest of the letter dealt with a matter that Matt and probably nobody else didn't know about.  According to Ben, there was a town ordinance that stated that any contracts or deals the town council makes on behalf of the town must be signed in writing by all standing members.  Ben mentioned that it was an obscure ordinance that had never really be enacted upon.  The deal with Leah Steelgrave would be the first time that it would be enacted.
     
    After reading the letter again, Matt stood up and began to pace the room a little.  Ben was still delaying the hospital deal by leaving town but maybe there was a way around it.  The only thing he could count was that this unknown ordinance remained unknown.  There was already a plan formulating in his head but he would need to talk to Leah about it.
     
    Looking at the clock in his office he noted that there was still plenty of time to work something out before the nine o'clock meeting.  Without hesitating, he made left the hotel and headed to Leah's house.  When he arrived there, he started to go towards the front door.
     
    @Flip

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