S. Davies Warfield

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S. Davies Warfield
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S. Davies Warfield in Arcadia, Florida, on January 7, 1927, celebrating the inaugural run of the Orange Blossom Special into southwest and southeast Florida
Born (1859-09-04)September 4, 1859
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died October 24, 1927(1927-10-24) (aged 68)

S. (Solomon) Davies Warfield (September 4, 1859 – October 24, 1927) was an American railroad executive and banker. He is primarily remembered for extending the Seaboard Air Line Railway into South Florida in the 1920s and for connecting the east and west coasts of Florida by rail. To this day, Amtrak trains travel from Central Florida to South Florida on the route built by Warfield.

Personal life[edit]

Warfield was born in Baltimore County, Maryland, the son of Henry Mactier Warfield and Anna W. Emory Warfield, and was named for a friend of his father's, Sol B. Davies. Warfield's father was a prominent grain merchant and director of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. He was a paternal uncle of Wallis Warfield Simpson, later the Duchess of Windsor, for whom King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom abdicated his throne in 1936. Warfield never married.

Corporate positions[edit]

SS President Warfield[edit]

The SS President Warfield was built in 1928 by Pusey and Jones Corp., Wilmington, Delaware, for the Baltimore Steam Packet Company, and named after its president. This ship changed its name in open water in 1947 to the SS Exodus, and gained fame as the vessel that tried to transport 4,500 Jewish refugees from Europe to Palestine, ultimately failing in the endeavor.

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Bibliography[edit]

  • New York Times obituary, October 25, 1927.