S. Davies Warfield
|S. Davies Warfield|
September 4, 1859|
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
|Died||October 24, 1927(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.
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.
- President of the Seaboard Air Line Railway
- President of the Continental Trust Company of Baltimore
- President of the Baltimore Steam Packet Company
- Director of the Maryland Casualty Company
- Director of the New York Life Insurance Company
SS President Warfield
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.
- "S. Davies Warfield," The Postal Record, November 1894, p. 251.
- Carroll, David H., and Thomas S. Boggs. "S. Davies Warfield," Men of Mark in Maryland, Vol. 3, pp. 24-43. Baltimore: B. F. Johnson, Inc, 1911.
- New York Times obituary, October 25, 1927.