A Classification of American Wealth
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   Origins of the New York Central Railroad  

The origin of what would become the great New York Central System was a little railroad of just 16 miles called the Mohawk & Hudson, after the two rivers which were linked by the road. The original promoter of the scheme, George Featherstonaugh, was a gentleman farmer of Duanesburgh. With the support of Stephen Van Rensselaer III, the last patroon of Rensselaerswyck and an influent man in Albany, Featherstonaugh secured a charter for the Mohawk & Hudson Railroad in 1826, just one year after the Erie Canal had opened for traffic


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