From Telegrapher to Titan

by Valerie Knowles (Author)
Excerpt

  Winner of the 2005 Ottawa Book Award for Non-fiction , the 2005 University of British Columbia Award for Best Canadian Biography, and the Canadian Railroad Historical Association Award for Best Railway Book of the Year.



William Van Horne was one of North America?s most accomplished men. Born in Illinois in 1843, he became a prominent railway figure in the United States before coming to Canada in 1881 to become general manager of the fledgling Canadian Pacific Railway. Van Horne pushed through construction of the CPR?s transcontinental line and went on to become company president. He also became one of Canada?s foremost financiers and art collectors, capping his career by opening Cuba?s interior with a railway.

William Van Horne was one of North America's most accomplished men. Born in Illinois in 1843, he became a prominent railway figure in the United States before coming to Canada in 1881 to become general manager of the fledgling Canadian Pacific Railway. Van Horne pushed through construction of the CPR's transcontinental line and went on to become company president. He also became one of Canada's foremost financiers and art collectors, capping his career by opening Cuba's interior with a railway.

Publication date
December 05, 2012
Publisher
Page count
504
ISBN
9781459714601
Paper ISBN
9781550024883
File size
1 MB