Samuel Sloan (railroad executive)

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Samuel Sloan
SamSloancrosshatch.jpg
Early 20th century Crosshatch Portrait.
Born (1817-12-25)December 25, 1817
Sloan of Lisburn, County Down, Ireland
Died September 22, 1907(1907-09-22) (aged 89)
Garrison, New York
Occupation Importer, Senator, Railroad Executive
Spouse(s) Margaret Elmendorf
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[1][2][3][4] for 32 years.[5]

He died in Garrison, New York, in 1907 at the age of 89, having been the president of seventeen corporations during his lifetime.[1]

Early life[edit]

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.[1] After withdrawing, he became employed at an importing house in New York, eventually becoming the head of the firm.

Career[edit]

Statue of Sam Sloan, and his ferry station in Hoboken, NJ

President of Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad[edit]

After three years as a director, Sloan became the president of the railroad in 1867[1] and the lines achieved great success, considered to be due to the anthracite coal[6] found in the regions of the rail lines extension.

Statue[edit]

A statue memorializing Sloan was placed in Hoboken originally facing the ferries in 1899,[7] 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:

SAM SLOAN

1817–1907
FOR THIRTY-TWO YEARS PRESIDENT
OF THE DELAWARE, LACKAWANA &
WESTERN RAILROAD COMPANY
1867–1899

PRESENTED BY JOHN HENRY STARIN

Personal life[edit]

On April 8, 1844, Sloan married Margaret Elmendorf in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and moved to Brooklyn, New York. They had eleven children.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Palmer, Richard (April 2008). "A Biographical Sketch of Sam Sloan". Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  2. ^ http://www.anusha.com/fortunes.htm Rich and Famous Persons named Sam Sloan
  3. ^ http://www.newtonnj.net/Pages/railroad.htm Newton and the Iron Horse: A History of Sussex Railroad
  4. ^ http://www.ominousweather.com/LackawannaCutoff.html Lackawanna Cutoff
  5. ^ Berry, Earl D. (March 6, 1898). "Samuel Sloan". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ http://www.american-rails.com/delaware-lackawanna-and-western.html The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow
  7. ^ 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
Preceded by
Cyrus P. Smith
New York State Senate
2nd District

1858 – 1859
Succeeded by
Thomas A. Gardiner
Business positions
Preceded by
President of Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad
1867 – 1899
Succeeded by
William H. Truesdale