THE LIFE OF Collis Potter Huntington, great railroad builder and financier extraordinary, is inseparably interwoven to a remarkable degree with the history of his country from the middle of the nineteenth century.
It was said of him at the time of his death in 1900 that he had done greater things and more of them in the strenuous work of developing the resources of America than any other man; "no ten men, in truth, have done so much" to bring the United States to a position among nations intellectually, financially and commercially second to none.
He was both brain and backbone of the greatest transportation system the world has ever seen, its railroads extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Yuma north to Portland, Oregon, and from San Francisco east to Ogden, Utah. This railroad with its branches and ramifications aggregated over ten thousand miles of track. The steamship lines in connection therewith to Mexico, Central and South America, the Far East and through coastal waters extended over twenty thousand miles of water route, bringing the United States into closer relations with our Latin neighbors and other foreign countries.
Especially is Mr. Huntington considered among the chief creating and controlling forces to whom the rapid develop-