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Samuel Morse Felton, Jr

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Name  Samuel Felton,

Born  February 3, 1853 (1853-02-03) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died  March 11, 1930, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Education  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Samuel Morse Felton Jr. (February 3, 1853 – March 11, 1930) was an American railroad executive. He was an 1873 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity.


Railroad career

He developed a reputation for being able to rapidly facilitate the health of ailing railroads. He had quite a career as an engineer, superintendent and general manager of several railroads before rising into the presidency of the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway. He also led the Alton Railroad, the Mexican Central Railroad, the Tennessee Central Railway and the Chicago Great Western Railway, before his own ailing health forced his retirement.

Military service

During World War I, Felton was appointed Director General of Military Railways with a military rank of Brig. General and in that capacity had charge of the organization and dispatch to France of all American railway forces and supplies. He continued in that position during the World War years.

Personal life

Felton was the son of Samuel Morse Felton, Sr. and the nephew of Cornelius Conway Felton and John B. Felton

In 1880, Felton married Dora Hamilton, the daughter of a prominent Philadelphia attorney, and they had three daughters and a son. Mrs. Felton died in 1923.


Samuel Morse Felton Jr. Wikipedia

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