Samuel Sloan (railroad executive)
Early 20th century Crosshatch Portrait.
December 25, 1817|
Sloan of Lisburn, County Down, Ireland
|Died||September 22, 1907
Garrison, New York
|Occupation||Importer, Senator, Railroad Executive|
|Parents||William Sloan and Elizabeth Simpson|
Samuel Sloan (December 25, 1817 – September 22, 1907) was an American politician, businessman and executive. He is most known for his tenure as the president of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad for 32 years.
Samuel Sloan was born in Lisburn, County Down, Ireland to William and Elizabeth Sloan and moved to New York when he was one year old. He attended the Columbia College Preparatory school until he was 14, at the time of his father's death. After withdrawing, he became employed at an importing house in New York, eventually becoming the head of the firm.
President of Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad
After three years as a director, Sloan became the president of the railroad in 1867 and the lines achieved great success, considered to be due to the anthracite coal found in the regions of the rail lines extension.
A statue memorializing Sloan was placed in Hoboken originally facing the ferries in 1899, but some criticized its orientation and as said by the Mayor of Hoboken, Mr. Sloan was "turning his back on the Great city of Hoboken". On August 3, 1908, during the reconstruction of Hoboken Terminal, the statue was set facing both the town and the railroad and ferry stations.
The inscription reads:
FOR THIRTY-TWO YEARS PRESIDENT
OF THE DELAWARE, LACKAWANA &
WESTERN RAILROAD COMPANY
- Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad
- Hoboken, NJ
- The Story of Samuel and Margaret Sloan ISBN 0923891382
- Palmer, Richard (April 2008). "A Biographical Sketch of Sam Sloan". Retrieved 2010-03-18.
- http://www.anusha.com/fortunes.htm Rich and Famous Persons named Sam Sloan
- http://www.newtonnj.net/Pages/railroad.htm Newton and the Iron Horse: A History of Sussex Railroad
- http://www.ominousweather.com/LackawannaCutoff.html Lackawanna Cutoff
- Berry, Earl D. (March 6, 1898). "Samuel Sloan". The New York Times.
- http://www.american-rails.com/delaware-lackawanna-and-western.html The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow
- http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9B05E5DB123EE233A25750C0A96E9C946997D6CF TO SHIFT SLOAN STATUE.; Its Gaze Now to be Impartially on the City, the Ferries, and the Railroad.
|New York State Senate|
Cyrus P. Smith
|New York State Senate
1858 – 1859
Thomas A. Gardiner
||President of Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad
1867 – 1899
William H. Truesdale