Edward Payson Ripley

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Edward Payson Ripley (October 30, 1845 – February 4, 1920), sometimes referred to as Edward P. Ripley or E. P. Ripley, was the fourteenth president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

Youth and education[edit]

Ripley was born on October 30, 1845, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Although his family had settled in the American colonies as early as 1638, his family's most prestigious quality was that there were nine blacksmiths in his ancestry.

Ripley attended public schools, entering the workforce in 1862 at a dry goods merchant's in Boston. Six years later, Ripley started his first job for a railroad as a freight agent for the Pennsylvania Railroad. After two years, he transferred to the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad as a clerk. He worked his way up through various positions including New England agent, general eastern agent, general freight agent, traffic manager and finally general manager. In 1890 Ripley left the Burlington for a few years to work for the Milwaukee Road.

Santa Fe leadership[edit]

On December 1, 1895, as the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway emerged from receivership, Ripley became the Santa Fe's president. After the financial scandals that brought on the railroad's bankruptcy in the earlier part of the decade, Ripley had his work cut out for him to restore the public opinion of the railroad. He served as president until January 1, 1920.[1] He is interred at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Legacy[edit]

A Liberty Ship, hull number 2690, was named Edward P. Ripley in his honor (see List of Liberty ships).

Disneyland Railroad locomotive number 2, a 4-4-0 built in 1954 by the Disney shops, was named E. P. Ripley in his honor.

Ripley, California, was a town named after him when the Arizona and California Railroad's Blythe Branch was originally intended to be a shortcut to San Diego until his retirement/death as the branch reached to the townsite in 1920. [2]

Ripley, Oklahoma, once on Santa Fe tracks, was also named after him.

References[edit]

  • Bryant Jr., Keith L. (1974). History of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska. ISBN 0-8032-6066-0. 
  • Waters, Lawrence Leslie (1950). Steel Trails to Santa Fe. University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, Kansas. 
  • White, John H., Jr. (Spring 1986). "America's most noteworthy railroaders". Railroad History 154: pp. 9–15. ISSN 0090-7847. OCLC 1785797. 
  1. ^ Armitage, Merle (1973). Homage to the Santa Fe; The many facets of big time railroading (reprinted 1986 ed.). Hawthorne, California: Omni Publications. p. 139. 
  2. ^ Steve Glischinski (1997). Santa Fe Railway. MBI Publishing Company. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-7603-0380-1. 
Preceded by
Aldace F. Walker
President of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
1896 – 1920
Succeeded by
William Benson Storey