John Campbell Greenway
|John Campbell Greenway|
6 July 1872|
|Died||19 January 1926
New York City
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||Brigadier General|
|Battles/wars||World War I
|Other work||Mining, steel and railroad executive|
John Campbell Greenway (July 6, 1872 – January 19, 1926) was an American mining, steel and railroad executive: a man of many trades in many states. He also had a distinguished career as a soldier, both cavalry and infantry.
Greenway was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and attended Phillips Academy, Andover and then the University of Virginia and graduated in 1895 from the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University. His early employment as a furnace helper for the Carnegie Steel Company was brief, as he joined Roosevelt's Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War. After earning a Silver Star for his courageous service at the Battle of San Juan Hill, he was recommended for promotion to brevet captain by Colonel Roosevelt.
Beginning in 1899, Greenway held executive positions in a number of mine, steel, and railroad companies. He supervised development of United States Steel's open pit Canisteo Mine and Trout Lake Washing Plant in Coleraine, Minnesota, one of the first large-scale iron ore benefication plants in the world. Following the successful commissioning of the Trout Lake plant, in 1911 Greenway was recruited by the Calumet and Arizona Mining Company (led by US Steel executives) to develop their newly acquired New Cornelia Mine in Ajo, Arizona. He developed the Ajo townsite and developed the New Cornelia into the first large open pit copper mine in Arizona. Greenway served for one year as a regent of the University of Arizona before the United States entered World War I.
During the war, he was especially praised for his heroic conduct in battle and was cited for bravery at Cambrai. France awarded him the Croix de Guerre, the Legion of Honor, and the Croix de l'Etoile. He also received a Distinguished Service Cross.
In 1919 Greenway became a colonel of the infantry, and three years later he was promoted to brigadier general. John Greenway continued to be active in business until his death in 1926 in New York City.
In 1930 Arizona placed Greenway's statue in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection. The statue of Greenway's great great grandfather, Dr. Ephraim McDowell, was placed in the National Statuary Hall in 1929 by Kentucky.
Biographical information: courtesy National Statuary Hall
- Greenway & Ajo: an article about John Campbell Greenway and Ajo, at the website of the Ajo Copper News.
- Greenway House: an article on Greenway's historic American Craftsman bungalow, which is for sale as of February 2009.
- [http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue/author/mark-kimble/page/8/ 2008 removal of a statue of Greenway in Statuary Hall in the US Capital and its replacement with a statue of Senator Barry Goldwater.