|Walker Downer Hines|
Hines circa 1918
|Director General of Railroads|
February 2, 1870|
|Died||January 14, 1934
|Spouse(s)||Alice Clymer Macfarlane
(m. 1900; his death 1934)
Hines was born February 2, 1870 in Russellville, Kentucky, the son of James Madison Hines and Mary Walker Downer.
In 1886, aged sixteen, he became stenographer for the Circuit Court of Warren County. In 1890 he became secretary to the assistant chief attorney of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad at Louisville, Kentucky. He was appointed assistant attorney after graduating law school, assistant chief attorney in 1897.
He married Alice Clymer Macfarlane in 1900, they had one child.
He was promoted to vice-president of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1901. Hines spent nearly ten years fighting railroad regulation in state and federal courts.
In December, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson nationalized most U.S. railroads under the United States Railroad Administration. William G. McAdoo was made director general, Hines agreed to become assistant director general. McAdoo resigned in January, 1919, and Hines stepped in as director general for the remainder of nationalization under the Railroad Administration, which ended on March 1, 1920. Following the end of World War I, Hines worked and traveled extensively in Europe.
In the latter half of the 1920s, Hines was a director of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, a director of its subsidiary, the Colorado and Southern Railway, general counsel of one of its parent companies, the Great Northern Railway, and a partner in Hines, Rearick, Dorr, Travis and Marshall, which specialized in railroad law.
- Hines, Walker D. Report on Danube Navigation for the League of Nations. 1925.
- Hines, Walker D. War History of the American Railroads. 1928.
- Huddleston, Eugene L. (2002). Uncle Sam's Locomotives: The USRA and the Nation's Railroads. Indiana University Press. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-253-34086-3.
- William R. Doezema, "Walter D. Hines," in Railroads in the Age of Regulation, 1900-1980, ed. Keith L. Bryant, Jr., a volume of the Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography (1988), pp. 201–12.
- Robert T. Swaine, The Cravath Firm and Its Predecessors, 1819-1947, vol. 2 (3 vols., 1946–1948).
- "Tells of Railroad Needs", The New York Times, October 5, 1916
- "A Railroad Man Attacks the Commerce Commission", The New York Times, February 3, 1902
- Grasty, Charles H. "One Man Diplomacy", The New York Times, July 30, 1922