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Can the "Ascendancy" section be renamed? It covers biography after Early Life to his death.
He could not have been president of the Joliet Railroad in 1961.
I suppose this is as exhaustively researched and sourced as possible, no? It would be nice to have some expansion on some topics (esp Zionism), but it looks like you've been plundering the archives for biographical info as it is.
a (fair representation): b (all significant views):
It is stable.
It contains images, where possible, to illustrate the topic.
a (tagged and captioned): b lack of images (does not in itself exclude GA): c (non-free images have fair use rationales):
The section on Zionism is problematic: the source is dubious and the logic leap (he "funded" his cousin, so he is by association a Zionist). He may well have been a Zionist, but the sources are not sufficient to make that claim. Either source it better (more verifiably and reliably) or remove for now. Then I can pass it as a GA. Argos'Dad 20:56, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
As part of the WikiProject Good Articles, we're doing Sweeps to determine if the article should remain a Good article. I believe the article currently meets the majority of the criteria and should remain listed as a GA. However, in reviewing the article, I have found there are several issues that needs to be addressed.
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"The family is descended from William Blaxton, who arrived in New England in the seventeenth century. William Blackstone is a distant cousin." The average reader may not know who Blaxton and Blackstone are, so a brief explanation clause would be helpful for each.
"Although Blackstone served with the Alton Railroad for more than a quarter century, he refused a salary." Is there any information on if had another source of income?
I have rearranged the text so his presidency of the Union Stock Yards follows this point. Also in the subsequent paragraph, it notes that he owned stock in the railroad. So he was an investor in the company he refused a salary from.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 21:05, 31 January 2010 (UTC)
"In 1868, Blackstone married Isabella Farnsworth Norton, the daughter of a successful businessman from Norwich, Connecticut." This could use a citation.
I will leave the article on hold for seven days, but if progress is being made and an extension is needed, one may be given. If no progress is made, the article may be delisted, which can then later be renominated at WP:GAN. I'll contact all of the main contributors and related WikiProjects so the workload can be shared. Once the above issues are addressed, I'll help do a final copyedit of the article. If you have any questions, let me know on my talk page and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talk • contrib) 03:55, 28 January 2010 (UTC)
Good work addressing the issues. I went through and made some minor changes, please review my edits. I believe the article currently meets the criteria and should remain listed as a Good Article. Continue to improve the article making sure all new information is properly sourced and neutral. It would be beneficial to update the access dates for the online sources. If you have any questions, let me know on my talk page and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I have updated the article history to reflect this review. --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talk • contrib) 23:41, 31 January 2010 (UTC)