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Franklin Benjamin Gowen
Birth: Feb. 9, 1836
Mount Airy
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 13, 1889
Washington City
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Businessman. He learned the coal trade in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, studied the law in Pottsville, Pennsylvania and was elected district attorney of Schuylkill County at age 26. Becoming an attorney for the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad in 1863, he assumed presidency of the railroad in 1868. Under his leadership, the railroad greatly increased the acreage it controlled, and he took the lead in negotiating the first written labor agreement between mine operators and workers in the United States. He was the special prosecutor of the "Molly Maguires", a secret Irish organization responsible for acts of intimidation and violence against the companies in Pennsylvania's Coal region. His prosecution of ten men described as Molly Maguires led to their hanging in Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe) and Pottsville, Pennsylvania on June 21, 1877. Losing leadership of the Reading Railroad in the 1880s, he returned to private law practice. His death in Washington D.C. was described as a suicide, although some speculate that he was murdered. (bio by: Tom Raub) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Esther Brisben Gowen (1838 - 1905)*
 
 Children:
  Esther Gowen Hood (1860 - 1926)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Ivy Hill Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Tom Raub
Record added: Dec 18, 2008
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Franklin Benjamin Gowen
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Franklin Benjamin Gowen
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Franklin Benjamin Gowen
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- JMW
 Added: Mar. 25, 2014
You built a remarkable empire, Sir; justice is at last being done to your memory
- Women in Technology-19th Century
 Added: Jun. 29, 2013

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