Depew, Chauncey M.

New York lawyer & US Senator, represented Vanderbilt railroad interests, NY Central Railroad president 1885-98

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(1834-1928) New York lawyer representing Cornelius Vanderbilt's railroad interests, president of the New York Central Railroad System, US Senator 1899-1911. Yale 1856 (in his will, left $1M to Yale without restrictions), read law in Peekskill, practiced law there until 1861. Later engaged in NYC brokerage business, resumed law practice in Peekskill, shortly afterwards returned to NYC; in 1865 appointed and confirmed as Minister to Japan, but declined appointment to pursue his railroad career. In 1866, Depew became attorney for New York & Harlem Railroad; in 1869, took same position for the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad. In 1876 named general counsel and director of the whole "Vanderbilt System." Became 2nd VP of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad 1882, president 1885-98, after presidency served as chairman of board of directors of New York Central Railroad Co. While active in the Vanderbilt roads in New York, held concurrent positions with many other railroads and companies. He was president of West Shore Railroad and served on the boards of directors for the New York and Harlem Railroad, the Chicago and North Western Railway, the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway, the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad, the Delaware and Hudson Railroad, the New Jersey Junction Railroad, the St. Lawrence and Adirondack Railroad, the Walkill Valley Railroad, and the Canada Southern Railroad. Depew also served on the boards of director for Western Union, the Hudson River Bridge Co., the Niagara River Bridge Co., the New York State Realty & Terminal Co., the Union Trust Co., Equitable Life Assurance Co., and Kensico Cemetery Assn. He received 99 votes at the 1888 GOP presidential convention, made nomination speeches for Harrison in 1892, Levi Morton in 1896, and Charles Fairbanks in 1904; in 1892 declined appointment as Harrison's Secretary of State. Distinguished orator and after-dinner speaker, author. Village of Depew, NY (inc. 1894), once home to a New York Central Railroad factory, named after him. When he died, the huge concourse of Grand Central Terminal was draped in mourning. Autograph Sentiment (“Yours truly”) Signed while US Senator on 1 ¾ x 3 card, adds January 13 1903 date.

Condition: Very good, light overall toning
Type:Autograph Sentiment Signed






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