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Farnam, Henry, 1803-1883

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        • Organization: Erie Canal Company
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        • Organization: New Haven and Northampton Canal Company
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        • Organization: Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company
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        Scipioville, N.Y.
    • Death Place

        New Haven, Conn.
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    • found: Henry Farnam, 1889:page 10-13 (born November 9, 1803 in Scipio, New York; son of Jeffrey Amherst Farnam and Mercy Tracy) page 65 (died October 4, 1883 in New Haven, Connecticut)
    • found: Wikipedia, via WWW, March 28, 2012(Henry Farnam (November 9, 1803-October 4, 1883); American philanthropist and railroad president; in 1820 he gained employment initially as a camp cook on the Erie Canal; under the wing of Benjamin Wright, America's most famous Civil Engineer at the time, he learned surveying and was soon employed as a surveyor on the Erie Canal; in 1825 he began working for the New Haven and Northampton Canal, becoming construction superintendent in 1827; he moved to New Haven, Connecticut in 1839 and was instrumental in building the railroad that replaced the canal there in 1848; in 1850 he moved to Illinois where he partnered with Joseph E. Sheffield to build the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad; in 1854 he became that railroad's president, an office he held until his retirement in 1863; in 1868 he moved back to New Haven where he remained until his death in 1883)
    • found: Find A Grave, via WWW, March 28, 2012(Henry Farnam; born November 9, 1803 in Scipioville, Cayuga County, New York; Farnam and Sheffield first attempted a rail line between New Haven and New York City; the two went on to take over and complete a struggling railroad making its way across southern Michigan toward Chicagol; they then built the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad, envisioned as the first link in a line to the West Coas; a key part of this link was a bridge across the Mississippi River, strongly opposed by steamboat operators; Abraham Lincoln was brought in as a lawyer to combat this opposition; for many years this bridge was the only one across the Mississippi south of St. Paul)
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