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William Jackson Palmer

Born: Sep 18, 1836

Death: Mar 13, 1909

Birthplace: Leipsic

Nationality: United States

William Jackson Palmer

Date of Birth : Sep 18, 1836
Date of Death : Mar 13, 1909
Birth Place : Leipsic

William Jackson Palmer was an American civil engineer, soldier, industrialist, and philanthropist. During the Civil War, he was made General and was a Medal of Honor recipient. Palmer's early career helping build and develop the expanding railroads of the United States in Pennsylvania was interrupted by the American Civil War. He served in colorful fashion as a Union Army cavalry colonel and was appointed to the brevet grade of brigadier general. After the War, he contributed financially to educational efforts for the freed former slaves of the South. Heading west in 1867, while Palmer helped build the Kansas Pacific Railway he met a young English doctor, Dr. William Abraham Bell who became his friend and partner in most of his business ventures in which we would generally find Palmer as president with Bell as vice president. The two men are best known as co-founders of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. The Rio Grande and its successors eventually operated the largest network of narrow gauge railroad in the United States, and ultimately became part of the 21st century Union Pacific Railroad.

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