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    Samuel Morse Felton Family Papers, 1841-1930.
     
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    Creator: 
    Felton, Samuel Morse (son), 1853-1930 (author).
    Title: 
    Samuel Morse Felton Family Papers, 1841-1930.
    Phy. Description: 
    0.3 cubic feet: 2 boxes.
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding aid
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Felton (1), civil engineer, is best known as the president of the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore RR (PWBRR,) which he rebuilt and restored; president of the Pennsylvania Steel Company; and in 1869 as a commissioner appointed by President Grant to inspect the Pacific railroads. In April 1857, Felton placed the engine "Daniel Webster" in service on the PWBRR--probably the first successful coal-burning passenger engine in regular service on any American railroad. He was born in Philadelphia, 1853; graduated from M.I.T. 1873. 1889: became president of the Chicago and Alton Railroad, later assumed the presidency of the Mexican Central Railroad, and became president of the Chicago Great Western Railroad in 1909. During World War I he was appointed Director General of Military Railways and had charge of the organization and dispatch to France of all American railway forces and supplies. As of 1928 he was Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Great Western Railroad; president, Western Railroad Association; and chairman, Western Association of Railway Executives, to name only a few of his positions. At his death he was an advisor and associate of the Central Trust Company of Illinois.
    Scope and Content: 
    Biographical material on both Feltons; correspondence, 1861-1927 to and from both Feltons; a report by Felton on the construction of the Norfolk Co. railroad, 1847-49; reports, 1917-19; and news clippings and articles, 185?-1930. The correspondence includes a 1926 letter regarding Conray Felton's article about an attempt to asssassinate Abraham Lincoln.
    Organization: 
    Divided into five series: (1) Biographical; (2) Correspondence, 1861-1927; (3) Reports, 1847-1849; 1917-1919; (4) History of Transportation Department; (5) News clippings, 185?-1930.
    Provenance: 
    Transferred from the Division of Transportation, 7/ 3/85.
    Finding aids: 
    Register and Container List,
    Cite as: 
    Samuel Morse Felton Family Papers, 1841-1930, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Civil engineers
    Transportation
    Railroads
    Business records -- 1840-1930
    Railroads
    Slavery -- United States
    Subject - Geographical: 
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
    Pennsylvania
    Subject-Name: 
    Fletcher, Andrew
    Atterbury, W.W.
    Davis, Robert C.
    McAdoo, W.G.
    Ames, Oliver
    Smith, M.H.
    Milliken, J.
    Lomonossoff, G.
    Cooke, Jay
    Scott, Thomas A.
    Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
    Philadelphia RR
    Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore RR
    Louisville Southern Railway Co
    Southern Railway and Steamship Association
    American Locomotive Sales Corporation
    United States. War Department
    United States. Army
    Form / Genre: 
    Reports
    Correspondence -- 1840-1930
    Clippings -- 1840-1940
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
    Co-Creator: 
    Felton, Samuel Morse (civil engineer), 1809-1889 (author).
    Transportation, Division of, NMAH, SI (collector).
    Item Information
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    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0170Add Copy to MyList

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