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Samuel Morse Felton Family Papers

Source:
Transportation, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Creator:
Felton, Samuel Morse, (civil engineer), 1809-1889  Search this
Felton, Samuel Morse, (son), 1853-1930  Search this
Names:
American Locomotive Sales Corporation.  Search this
Louisville Southern Railway Co.  Search this
Philadelphia RR.  Search this
Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore RR.  Search this
Southern Railway and Steamship Association.  Search this
United States War Department  Search this
United States. Army  Search this
Ames, Oliver  Search this
Atterbury, W.W.  Search this
Cooke, Jay  Search this
Davis, Robert C.  Search this
Fletcher, Andrew  Search this
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865  Search this
Lomonossoff, G.  Search this
McAdoo, W.G.  Search this
Milliken, J.  Search this
Scott, Thomas A.  Search this
Smith, M.H.  Search this
Former owner:
Transportation, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Reports
Clippings
Place:
Pennsylvania
Date:
1841-1930
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains biographical material on both Feltons; a handwritten bound report by Felton on the construction of the Norfolk Co. Railroad, 1847 1849; correspondence, 1861 1927, to and from both Feltons; various reports on military railroads during the World War years; and news clippings and articles on the Feltons, 1889-1930.
Arrangement:
Collection divided into five series.

Series 1: Biographical, 1841-1921

Series 2: Correspondence, 1861-1927

Series 3: Reports, 1847-1919

Series 4:History of Transportation Department, undated

Series 5: News clippings, 1889-1930
Biographical / Historical:
Samuel Morse Felton (1809 1889), civil engineer, became Superintendent and engineer of the Fitchburg Railroad in 1843 and left in 1851 to become President of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad (PWBRR). Under Felton's able management this unsuccessful and financially failing railroad was rebuilt, restored and prospered. The road was of great strategic importance during the Civil War and performed a great service by transporting troops and supplies for the Union. In 1857, he installed the locomotive engine "Daniel Webster" in service on the PWBRR. It was probably the first really successful coal burning passenger engine in regular service upon any RR in the U.S. In 1865 he left the PWBRR to become President of the Pennsylvania Steel Company. This was the first attempt in the United States to manufacture steel rails as a commercial enterprise. During this period he also served as director of many railroads including the Philadelphia, Wilmington & BRR, the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co., the Northern Pacific, the Ogdensburg & Lake Champlain and several others. He was director for ten years of the Pennsylvania RR. In 1869 he was appointed by President Grant as a Commissioner to inspect Pacific Railroads.

His son, Samuel Morse Felton (1853 1930), followed in this father's footsteps. He graduated from MIT in 1873 and began a life long career in American railroading. In 1889 he became President of the Chicago and Alton Railroad, later assumed the Presidency of the Mexican Central Railroad, and became President of the Chicago Great Western Railroad in 1909. During WWI he was appointed Director General of Military Railways and in that capacity had charge of the organization and dispatch to France of all American railway forces and supplies. He continued in that position during the World War years. By 1928 he was Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Great Western Railroad, President of the Western Railroad Association, and Chairman of the Western Association of Railway Executives, to name only a few of his positions. At his death he was an advisor and associate of the Central Trust Company of Illinois.
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Railroads  Search this
Business records -- 1840-1930  Search this
Civil engineers  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Slavery -- United States  Search this
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence -- 1840-1930
Reports
Clippings -- 1840-1940
Citation:
Samuel Morse Felton Family Papers, 1841-1930, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0170
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Samuel Morse Felton Family Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0170
Additional Online Media:

Studies of Mr. W. Amory and Thomas A. Scott

Title:
Mr. W. Amory
Thomas A. Scott
Artist:
Daniel Huntington, 14 Oct 1816 - 18 Apr 1906  Search this
Sitter:
Mr. W. Amory  Search this
Thomas A. Scott  Search this
Medium:
Pencil on paper
Dimensions:
25.5 x 35.4cm (10 1/16 x 13 15/16")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1881
Topic:
Mr. W. Amory: Male  Search this
Thomas A. Scott: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Website: ndm.si.edu
Object number:
1942.50.574B CHNDM1
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1942.50.574B_CHNDM1

Thomas A. Scott

Artist:
Daniel Huntington, 14 Oct 1816 - 18 Apr 1906  Search this
Sitter:
Thomas A. Scott  Search this
Medium:
Pencil on grey paper
Dimensions:
35.5 x 25.4cm (14 x 10")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
Jan 21, 1881
Topic:
Thomas A. Scott: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Website: ndm.si.edu
Object number:
1942.50.582 CHNDM1
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1942.50.582_CHNDM1

Thomas Scott

Artist:
Daniel Huntington, 14 Oct 1816 - 18 Apr 1906  Search this
Sitter:
Thomas A. Scott  Search this
Medium:
Pencil on pink-brown paper
Dimensions:
35.5 x 25.4cm (14 x 10")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
Jan 20, 1881
Topic:
Thomas A. Scott: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Website: ndm.si.edu
Object number:
1942.50.587 CHNDM1
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1942.50.587_CHNDM1

Mrs. Thomas A. Scott (Anna Riddle) [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Beaux, Cecilia 1855-1942  Search this
Subject:
Scott, Thomas A., Mrs  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1897
Topic:
Portrait female--Knee length  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0006891
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_6891

Thomas A. Scott (1823-81), (painting)

Painter:
Rosenthal, Albert 1863-1939  Search this
Subject:
Scott, Thomas A  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission William Penn Memorial Museum Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17120
Date:
1904
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Control number:
IAP 45190107
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_55475

Mrs. Thomas A. Scott

Artist:
Cecilia Beaux, 1 May 1855 - 17 Sep 1942  Search this
Sitter:
Mrs. Thomas A. Scott, c. 1840 - 1901  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
121.9cm x 94cm (48" x 37"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1897
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant\Flower\Flowers  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Container\Vase  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Glove  Search this
Equipment\Umbrella\Parasol  Search this
Container\Tea service\Teacup  Search this
Home Furnishings\Dishes\Saucer  Search this
Mrs. Thomas A. Scott: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Object number:
PC990064
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PC990064

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