William Wallace Atterbury
|William Wallace Atterbury|
|Member of the
Republican National Committee
May 12, 1928 – October 10, 1930
|Preceded by||George Pepper|
|Succeeded by||Jay Cooke|
January 31, 1866|
New Albany, Indiana
|Died||September 20, 1935
|Spouse(s)||Matilda Hoffman of Fort Wayne, Ind. (November 13, 1895 – her death in 1910)
Arminia (Rosengarten) MacLeod (June 10, 1915 – his death)
|Children||three McLeod children he adopted
William W. Atterbury, Jr.
|Alma mater||Sheffield Scientific School (1886)|
William Wallace Atterbury (January 31, 1866 – September 20, 1935) was an American Brigadier General during World War I. He was instrumental in reorganizing railroad traffic during the war for more efficient transportation of troops and supplies for the American Expeditionary Forces. After the war, he became the tenth president of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) (1925–1935). He was a leader in pushing to electrify portions of the PRR.
Atterbury was born in New Albany, Indiana. He attended Yale University, Class of 1886, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. He was a Pennsylvania delegate to the 1920 Republican National Convention.
He started as an apprentice in the Pennsylvania Railroad shops at Altoona for five cents/hour. In 1925, he succeeded Samuel Rea as president of the PRR, a position he held until he retired in 1935.
Atterbury was also active in Republican State politics. In 1928, he was elected the state's Republican National Committeeman, though he resigned from the post two years later in opposition to Gifford Pinchot's gubernatorial candidacy.
Awards and decorations
For his work he was awarded: Distinguished Service Medal, Commander of the Legion of Honor (France); Companion of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath (England); Commander of the Royal Order of the White Eagle (Serbia), and Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown (Romania).
- "Noted rail head, native of city" (PDF). New Albany Tribune. September 21, 1935. Retrieved 2011-06-26. cited at New Albany Floyd County Public Library.
- "William Wallace Atterbury". Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1944. Gale Document Number: GALE|BT2310018570. Retrieved June 26, 2011 – via Fairfax County Public Library.(subscription required) Gale Biography In Context.
- "Business: Atterbury for Rea". Time (magazine). September 28, 1925. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
- "Pepper Refuses Place As Contest Chairman". The Baltimore Sun. June 1, 1928. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
- "Atterbury Bolts Pinchot Candidacy". The New York Times. October 10, 1930. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
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|Party political offices|
|Member of the Republican National Committee from Pennsylvania
|President of the Pennsylvania Railroad