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Grenville Mellen Dodge
Birth: Apr. 12, 1831
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jan. 3, 1916
Council Bluffs
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA

U.S. Congressman, Pioneer in Military Intelligence, Leading Figure in the Trans Continental Railroad. He passed through Council Bluffs, Iowa in August 1859 on a surveying job to find the best route to lay railroad tracks through Nebraska. He first met Abraham Lincoln at the Pacific House, an early hotel in the city, during that visit. Lincoln was at the time an undeclared candidate for president for the 1860 elections, and was in Council Bluffs to take a look at a piece of land he'd acquired through a debt. Dodge told Lincoln everything he knew about the surrounding country, which Lincoln kept in his memory till he needed someone to take over the management of the laying of railroad tracks for the Union Pacific lines. In 1863, Lincoln summoned Dodge from his post as Major General in the Union Army during the Civil War to take over the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. He reached the 100 meridian on October 6, 1866, well before the opposition. Because of this, Dodge can be credited with putting Union Pacific and Omaha, Nebraska in the history books, despite his living and dying in Council Bluffs, since Union Pacific chose Omaha for their headquarters and assured it's continued existence. The General Dodge house is located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and is a magnificent example of a Victorian mansion, and is open to daily tours. 
Family links: 
  Sylvanus Dodge (1801 - 1871)
  Julia Teresa Phillips Dodge (1802 - 1888)
  Ruth Ann Browne Dodge (1833 - 1916)
  Lettie Dodge Montgomery (1855 - 1935)*
  Eleanor Dodge Pusey (1858 - 1931)*
  Anne Dodge (1866 - 1950)*
  Grenville Mellen Dodge (1829 - 1829)*
  Grenville Mellen Dodge (1831 - 1916)
  Nathan Phillips Dodge (1837 - 1911)*
  Julia Mary Dodge Beard (1843 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Walnut Hill Cemetery
Council Bluffs
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 5, Lot 2
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Record added: Sep 17, 2000
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Thank you for serving in our military and our congress. RIP and God bless
- John Haseltine
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