Allen Manvel

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Allen Manvel
Born September 26, 1837
Alexander, New York
Died 1893
Occupation railroad executive

Allen Manvel (September 26, 1837 – 1893) was the eleventh president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

Manvel was born in Alexander, New York. In 1859 he began employment with the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad as a clerk in the purchasing agent's office. He worked his way up through the ranks to become the general superintendent. His employment shifted to the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway (SPM&M) in 1881, where he started as assistant general manager. He was promoted through a series of management positions there to become the general manager himself.

In 1889 he left the SPM&M to succeed William Barstow Strong as president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, a position he held until 1893. Manvel was succeeded by Joseph Reinhart.


Like other Santa Fe presidents, Manvel's name was adopted as the name for a town in the American West. The town of Manvel, Texas, was named in his honor.


  • "History of Manvel, Texas". Archived from the original on 30 August 2005. Retrieved 2005-07-31. 
  • Waters, Lawrence Leslie (1950). Steel Trails to Santa Fe. University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, Kansas. p. 196. 
Preceded by
William Barstow Strong
President of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
1889 – 1893
Succeeded by
Joseph Reinhart