|Birth: ||Nov. 5, 1807|
|Death: ||Mar. 9, 1877|
Oliver Ames, Jr. (1807 – 1877) was president of Union Pacific Railroad when the railroad met the Central Pacific Railroad in Utah for the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in North America. Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, he was a son of Oliver Ames, Sr., and a brother of Oakes Ames. The brothers made their fortune making shovels under the company name of Oliver Ames & Sons, established at North Easton, Massachusetts.
Oliver Ames, Jr., served as president of Union Pacific Railroad (UP) while the railroad was busy building the First Transcontinental Railroad in North America. His tenure at UP was marked by controversy as he ascended to the presidency in 1866 over Thomas C. Durant who had tried to gain the position for himself. Durant filed lawsuits against Ames that stopped construction, and Ames retaliated by garnering support to remove Durant from the railroad's executive committee. Ames finally acquiesced in 1867 and Crédit Mobilier awarded a new construction contract.
Bas relief by Augustus Saint-GaudensThe contributions of Ames and his brother Oakes in the building of the Union Pacific are commemorated in the Oliver and Oakes Ames Monument at Sherman Summit, near Laramie, Wyoming, along the original route. The pyramidal monument was designed by famous architect Henry Hobson Richardson (who designed a number of projects for the Ames family) with sculpted plaques of the Ames brothers by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. At the time of its construction, the monument was located at the highest point attained by the Union Pacific's transcontinental route. With a change in the route of the railroad, the monument today is not on any major transportation route.
Sarah Lothrop Ames (1812 - 1890)*
Helen Angier Ames (1836 - 1882)*
Created by: JIM HAAS
Record added: Jun 19, 2009
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