James Madison Hanford

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James Madison Hanford (1827–1911) was an American railroad executive. The city of Hanford, California is named after him.

Hanford was a native of New York. His parents were Stephen and Maria Hanford.[1] He worked as paymaster for the Southern Pacific Railroad. The pay cars “started from San Francisco and were stocked with enough money to pay all the employees along the way”.[2]

Hanford retired in 1908 after 39 years with the railroad and died at his home in Oakland, California in 1911.

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  1. ^ US Census 1850: Walton, Delaware County, New York
  2. ^ "Bio". Archived from the original on June 20, 2006. Retrieved 2010-08-18.  by James M. Hanford III (August 1990)