A Classification of American Wealth
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   Oakes and Oliver Ames promoters of the Union Pacific railroad  

The Ames brothers, Oakes and Oliver, who joined Thomas Durant in the Credit Mobilier venture in 1866 and later played a major role in the Union Pacific construction, were already wealthy and influent, having inherited a century old shovel manufacture which was started by their grand-father Captain John Ames. Oakes Ames (1804-1873) was a Republican US Representative for Massachusetts from 1863-73. He had considerable influence in Congress and good connections to the moneyed class of Boston, then


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