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 Samuel Morse Felton

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Samuel Morse Felton

Birth
Massachusetts, USA
Death 24 Jan 1889 (aged 79)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section L, lot 210
Memorial ID 81042808 View Source

Samuel Morse Felton (1809-1889) Section L Lot # 210
Samuel Felton was a railroad CEO who became famous for preventing an assassination attempt against President-elect Lincoln in 1861. He attended Harvard and embarked on a career in engineering. He worked in the railroad business, initially in Boston. Eventually, in 1851, he moved to Philadelphia to assume leadership of the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad. Under his guidance this business became among the most successful at the time. With an investigator named Allan Pinkerton, In 1861, Felton became aware of a plan to assassinate Lincoln by blowing up the railroad during the President's inaugural trip from Philadelphia to Washington, DC. With the work of Felton and Pinkerton, Lincoln was taken by train to DC without harm. The same railroad, under Felton's guidance, helped supply Union troops during the Civil War.

reference:
http://www.woodlandsphila.org/cemetery_distingished.php

from another Findagrave contributor:

Article appears in the Abilene Daily Reflector, Abilene, Kansas, 26 January 1889 reads...

SAMUEL M. FELTON DEAD

Philadelphia, January 26 - Samuel L. Felton, president of the Pennsylvania Steel Company and ex-president of the Philadelphia & Baltimore Railroad Company, died last night at his residence in this city, aged seventy-nine years. To Mr. Felton the credit is given of enabling President Lincoln to pass through Baltimore on his way to his inauguration unrecognized. It was due to his foresight and zeal also that the route to Washington by way of Annapolis was opened when Baltimore was closed by the riot of April, 1861.


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  • Created by: TF Lyon
  • Added: 26 Nov 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 81042808
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/81042808/samuel-morse-felton : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Morse Felton (17 Jul 1809–24 Jan 1889), Find a Grave Memorial ID 81042808, citing Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by TF Lyon (contributor 47214248) .