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 James Jerome Hill

James Jerome Hill

Birth
Eramosa, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
Death 29 May 1916 (aged 77)
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Section 15
Memorial ID 5486 · View Source
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Railroad Pioneer. Born in Ontario, Canada, he was the chief railroad executive responsible for establishing the Great Northern Railway lines which served the upper Midwest, the northern Great Plains and Pacific Northwest of America. In 1873, as a steamboat shipping businessman in Minnesota, he saw the need to expand railways to the western territories. Between 1883 and 1889, he built his Great Northern Railway lines all the way across north America, the Great Plains, the Rockies to Seatle Washington. Under his management, he helped homesteads to immigrants by importing grains, farm equipment, bulding materials and general products which brought industry to Western Amercia. By the time of his death he held the monopoly of the railroad business in the U.S. with the Great Northern Railway having lines in Texas, Colorado, California and Washington at a worth of more than $53 million. He died in St. Paul, Minnesota, at age 77.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 18 May 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5486
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Jerome Hill (16 Sep 1838–29 May 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5486, citing Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .