W. Graham Claytor
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He is best remembered for supervising the construction of the Claytor Dam and creation of a 4,500 acre (18 km²), 21 mile (34 km) long lake on the New River in Pulaski County, a hydroelectric project completed in 1939. The resultant Claytor Lake and surrounding Claytor Lake State Park in Virginia are named for him.
Claytor married Gertrude Harris Boatwright, a lyric poet who published two collections of her poems. Two of their three sons became well-known transportation administrators who led several large American railroads:
- W. Graham Claytor Jr. (1912–1994) headed the Southern Railway and later Amtrak.
- Robert B. Claytor (1922–1993) was president of the Norfolk and Western Railway, and the first president of the new Norfolk Southern when it was created in 1982.
- John T. Kneebone et al., eds., Dictionary of Virginia Biography (Richmond, 1998- ), 3:295-296. ISBN 0-88490-206-4
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