From Telegrapher to Titan

From Telegrapher to Titan : The Life of William C. Van Horne

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William C. Van Horne, a true titan of North American business, started his railroad career at the age of 12 working various jobs for the Michigan Central, and crowned it by becoming the president of the Canadian Pacific. He is credited with opening Cuba's interior by means of railway, greatly expanding Canada's interests by launching the sea transport division of the Canadian Pacific-with regular luxury liner service between Vancouver and Hong Kong-and completing Canada's first transcontinental railway. Van Horne was knighted by Queen Victoria for his contributions to Canadian Unity and, more recently, was named Laureate of the Century by the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. A man of many talents, Van Horne was also Canada's premier art collector and one of its leading financiers. In From Telegrapher to Titan, Valerie Knowles delivers a gripping account of this larger-than-life more

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  • Paperback | 504 pages
  • 144.78 x 218.44 x 30.48mm | 771.1g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 18 b&w illus.
  • 0253222508
  • 9780253222503
  • 1,114,242

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In this volume, Valerie Knowles delivers a gripping account of this larger-than-life figure. * NMRA Magazine * Knowles has . . . provided railroad enthusiasts with a thoroughgoing analysis, and her work is likely to appeal to many business and transportation historians as well.85.4 2011 * Business History Review * While much has been written about the CPR's construction and early years of operation, there has been comparatively little recorded about the man who was such a key figure in its early history.This exhaustive volume by Valerie Knowles fills that void nicely. Vol. 72#3, May-June 2011 * The Michigan Railfan *show more

About Valerie Knowles

Valerie Knowles is author of several books, including Strangers at Our Gates: Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy, more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsPrologueChapter One: Growing Up in Frontier IllinoisChapter Two: Early CareerChapter Three: Rapid AdvancementChapter Four: New Challenges and HobbiesChapter Five: New HorizonsChapter Six: Toward the Last SpikeChapter Seven: Cutting CostsChapter Eight: The Final PushChapter Nine: All That Grant Was to the U.S.A.Chapter Ten: Van Horne at the HelmChapter Eleven: Art for Art's SakeChapter Twelve: Family MattersChapter Thirteen: Cuba BeckonsChapter Fourteen: Building the Cuba RailroadChapter Fifteen: Chasing the MoneyChapter Sixteen: Dodging the Grim ReaperAfterwordBibliographyNotesIndexshow more

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