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MS Am 2763

Train, George Francis, 1829-1904. George Francis Train collection, circa 1854-1904: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2763
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: George Francis Train collection,
Date(s): 1854-1904.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.1 linear foot.)
Language of materials: English.
Abstract: Photographs, manuscript, and printed material concerning American writer, businessman, and eccentric George Francis Train.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2011M-46. Purchased with funds from the Margaret F. Cowett Book Fund, the Bayard Livingston Kilgour and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund, and the Louis J. Appell Jr. Fund for Early American Literature and History; received: 2011 October 11.
2015M-4. Gift of Ron Drake, 2015 July 6.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Melanie Wisner.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

George Francis Train collection, circa 1854-1904 (MS Am 2763). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

George Francis Train (1829-1904) was a Civil War reporter; made his fortune in shipping, railroads, and real estate; ran for president of the U.S. as an independent candidate in 1872; was instrumental in creation of the Union Pacific Railroad, the first European tramway, and Credit Mobilier of America; was an anti-aristocracy and -Confederacy orator; circumnavigated the globe four times; and was a writer and popular eccentric.
Born in Boston in 1829, he moved with his family to New Orleans shortly thereafter. When Train was four, his immediate family died of yellow fever, and he was returned to his grandmother in New England. He became a successful merchant and shipping magnate and opened his own business in Australia. He helped finance clipper ships to California in 1849 and introduced street railways into London and other European capitals. In 1872 he ran as an independent candidate for president against Republican Ulysses S. Grant and Democrat Horace Greeley, making numerous campaign speeches throughout the country.


Organized in four series:

Scope and Contents

Includes cartes-de-visite (card photographs) and cabinet photographs, almost all of Train; cards autographed by Train, many with epigrams; correspondence; Train's passport; and miscellaneous print and clippings.

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