A Classification of American Wealth
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  Theodore Judah initiator of the Central Pacific Railroad  

If one man deserved the title of father of the first transcontinental railroad in America, besides Asa Whitney, it would certainly be Theodore Dehone Judah (1826-1863). He did probably more than any other man for the survey, construction and promotion of the project, notably as chief engineer of the Central Pacific Railroad. Ironically he did neither get rich through his involvement with the Pacific railroad, nor did he even live to see it completed


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