Marshall Monroe Kirkman

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Marshall M. Kirkman

Marshall Monroe Kirkman (July 10, 1842 – April 17, 1921) was an American authority on railways, who wrote extensively on the subject of railways.

Life and work[edit]

Born on the prairies in Morgan County, Illinois, Kirkman was raised far from any town or school and received private education and some years of common school. In 1856 at the age of fourteen he left home to seek his fortune. He made his way on foot to Fulton, Illinois, where the Chicago and North Western Railway had just been completed.[1]

Kirkman entered the service of the Chicago and North Western Railway,[2] where he got his first job as telegraph messenger. He soon learned telegraphy and was given charge of the office at DeKalb, Illinois, from which position he was transferred to the Train Dispatcher's office at Chicago, then located in the old Indiana Street Depot.[1]

In 1861 he was appointed Auditor Freight Accounts, and in 1865, Assistant General Accountant. Two years later, he was appointed General Accountant, and in 1870 was also made Local Treasurer. From June 30, 1881, to November 1, 1889, he was Comptroller.[1] As controller he was head of the Auditing Department of the Chicago and North Western Railway, supervising the Auditing departments of the Union Pacific, the Chicago and North Western, the Chicago, St. Paul and Minneapolis, and the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley railways.[3] In 1889 Kirkman was elected Vice President, which position he filled until 1910, when he retired on a pension after 53 years of service at the Chicago and North Western Railway.[1]

In 1881 he became resident of Evanston, Illinois. Kirkman wrote extensively on the subject of railways. He wrote a twelve volume treatise, The Science of Railways (1894), which was later revised and republished in 17 volumes, and 3 portfolios (1909, et. seq.). Kirman was also founding father of the Accounting Division of the Association of American Railroads.[1]

Selected Publications[edit]

Other works


  1. ^ a b c d e "Marshall Monroe Kirkman : Obituary" in: Association of American Railroads. Accounting Division (1921). Auditor Report of the Railway Accounting Officers. Vol. 37, p. 480
  2. ^ Willard, Frances Elizabeth. A Classic Town: The Story of Evanston by 'An Old Timer' . Chicago: Woman's Temperance Publishing Association, 1891. p. 389
  3. ^ Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 94, Number 126, 25 December 1897. p. 12
  4. ^ The Science of Railways, Editions 1907
  5. ^ The Science of Railways, Revised and enlarged edition, 1912/13/14

This article incorporates public domain material from "Marshall Monroe Kirkman : Obituary" in: Auditor Report of the Railway Accounting Officers, Association of American Railroads. Accounting Division (1921). Vol. 37, p. 480

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