The First Transcontinental Railroad: Central Pacific, Union Pacific

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CHAPTER 5
The Central Pacific Railroad Company

THE CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD of California was incorporated June 28, 1861, with James Bailey, Lucius A. Booth, Charles Crocker, Collis P. Huntington, Mark Hopkins, Theodore D. Judah, Charles Marsh, Leland Stanford, and D. W. Strong named as directors. The officers were Leland Stanford, president; C. P. Huntington, vice president; Mark Hopkins, treasurer; James Bailey, secretary; and Theodore Judah, chief engineer. All the directors were residents of Sacramento except Marsh, who lived in Nevada City, and Dr. Strong, who came from Dutch Flat. The directorate remained substantially the same throughout the building of the road.

The entire organization from start to finish was dominated by Stanford, Huntington, Hopkins, and Crocker. The other men were of small means compared to the Associates, and they were financially unable to undergo the stress of meeting the early

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