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The Resource From telegrapher to titan : the life of William C. Van Horne, Valerie Knowles ; edited by George Smerk

From telegrapher to titan : the life of William C. Van Horne, Valerie Knowles ; edited by George Smerk

Label
From telegrapher to titan : the life of William C. Van Horne
Title
From telegrapher to titan
Title remainder
the life of William C. Van Horne
Statement of responsibility
Valerie Knowles ; edited by George Smerk
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"When the Canadian Pacific Railway's transcontinental line was completed six years ahead of schedule, CPR general manager William C. Van Horne insisted that any ceremonies to commemorate the event be kept informal, declaring: "There is to be no 'golden spike' driven on the completion of the Canadian Pacific and no excursion to celebrate the event. The last spike will probably be driven by one of our track-laying gang and will be an iron one."" "A man of action, William C. Van Horne was the prime mover of the CPR, an organization heading toward financial disaster when he took control in 1881. Described as "a human dynamo" for his energy and imagination, the tireless railway tycoon conducted thousands of workers toward the aim of uniting the Canadian east and west, chiselling access through what was heralded as impassable terrain, including the Canadian Shield, Rocky Mountains, and Fraser Valley." "Born in Illinois in 1843, by the time he was 38 years old, Van Horne already had 25 years' experience in the railway business, starting as a message delivery boy and telegrapher and rising to prominence in the United States before coming to steer Canada's national railway project. Later assuming the role of CPR president, Van Horne also became one of Canada's foremost financiers and art collectors, capping his career by opening Cuba's interior with a railway. After turning down the honour twice, Van Horne was knighted by Queen Victoria for his contributions toward Canadian unity."--Book Jacket (2004 hbk)
Summary
The biography of Canadian Pacific Railway president William Van Horne.
Award
Ottawa Book Award for English Non-Fiction, 2005.
Biography type
individual biography
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203050
Cataloging source
UKM
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Knowles, Valerie
Dewey number
385.092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HE2808.2.V3
LC item number
K57 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Smerk, George M
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True
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  • Van Horne, William Cornelius
  • Canadian Pacific Railway Company
  • Capitalists and financiers
  • Railroads
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the life of William C. Van Horne
Label
From telegrapher to titan : the life of William C. Van Horne, Valerie Knowles ; edited by George Smerk
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Original cloth edition pub. 2004 by Dundurn Press. First pbk. ed. pub. 2010 by Indiana University Press."--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographic references (pages 433-493) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • All That Grant Was to the U.S.A.
  • Van Horne at the Helm
  • Art for Art's Sake
  • Family Matters
  • Cuba Beckons
  • Building the Cuba Railroad
  • Chasing the Money
  • Dodging the Grim Reaper
  • Growing Up in Frontier Illinois
  • Early Career
  • Rapid Advancement
  • New Challenges and Hobbies
  • New Horizons
  • Toward the Last Spike
  • Cutting Costs
  • Final Push
Control code
20654928
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
501 pages
Isbn
9780253222503
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2010484380
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn567195424
Label
From telegrapher to titan : the life of William C. Van Horne, Valerie Knowles ; edited by George Smerk
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Original cloth edition pub. 2004 by Dundurn Press. First pbk. ed. pub. 2010 by Indiana University Press."--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographic references (pages 433-493) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • All That Grant Was to the U.S.A.
  • Van Horne at the Helm
  • Art for Art's Sake
  • Family Matters
  • Cuba Beckons
  • Building the Cuba Railroad
  • Chasing the Money
  • Dodging the Grim Reaper
  • Growing Up in Frontier Illinois
  • Early Career
  • Rapid Advancement
  • New Challenges and Hobbies
  • New Horizons
  • Toward the Last Spike
  • Cutting Costs
  • Final Push
Control code
20654928
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
501 pages
Isbn
9780253222503
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2010484380
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn567195424

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