From Telegrapher to Titan: The Life of William C. Van Horne

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Copyright © Valerie Knowles, 2004

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          From telegrapher to Titan: the life of William C. Van Horne/Valerie Knowles.

Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 1-55002-488-4

1. Van Horne, William Cornelius, Sir, 1843-1915. 2. Canadian Pacific Railway — Presidents —
Biography. 3. Capitalists and financiers — Canada — Biography. 4. Art — Collectors and collecting
— Canada — Biography. I. Title.

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From Telegrapher to Titan: The Life of William C. Van Horne
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Table of Contents 7
  • Preface 9
  • Acknowledgements 11
  • Prologue 13
  • Chapter One - Growing Up in Frontier Illinois 17
  • Chapter Two - Early Career 37
  • Chapter Three - Rapid Advancement 55
  • Chapter Four - New Challenges and Hobbies 83
  • Chapter Five - New Horizons 95
  • Chapter Six - Toward the Last Spike 117
  • Chapter Seven - Cutting Costs 147
  • Chapter Eight - The Final Push 175
  • Chapter Nine - All That Grant Was to the U.S.a 209
  • Chapter Ten - Van Horne at the Helm 239
  • Chapter Eleven - Art for Art’s Sake 283
  • Chapter Twelve - Family Matters 299
  • Chapter Thirteen - Cuba Beckons 325
  • Chapter Fourteen - Building the Cuba Railroad 339
  • Chapter Fifteen - Chasing the Money 367
  • Chapter Sixteen - Dodging the Grim Reaper 397
  • Afterword 429
  • Bibliography 433
  • Notes 443
  • Index 495
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