PERSONNEL OF THE COMPANY
SOON AFTER the organization of the Central Pacific Railroad Company on April 30, 1861, it became evident that the strength of the company and the hopes for its ultimate success lay in four outstanding members of the group, of whom a writer has said: "They were all remarkable men individually and remarkable in their combination." These four men were merchants of Sacramento, none of them wealthy nor had any of them ever before been engaged in the railroad business. Two of the men of the firm of Huntington & Hopkins were known in the financial world to a limited extent and had established a substantial credit in the East which proved to be of great benefit to the company.
The unchallenged leader of the company was Collis Potter Huntington who had been largely responsible for its organization and who had been elected Vice-President of the company. He had already developed into a skilled trader and financier, and with the full power of attorney from his associates "to buy, sell, bargain, convey, borrow or lend," he left for the East in December, 1862, to assume his three-fold job of financier, purchasing agent, and legislative adviser, any one of which would have been a full-time job for the average man. At times he confronted difficulties of almost unbelievable magnitude. Nor did he neglect the railroad itself, making frequent trips back to the scene of operations during the