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Book Title: The Railroad Tycoon Who Built Chicago: A Biography of William B. Ogden|
The author of the book: Jack Harpster
Edition: Southern Illinois University Press
Date of issue: August 28th 2009
Format files: PDF
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ISBN 13: 9780809329175
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William Butler Ogden was a pioneer railroad magnate, one of the earliest founders and developers of the city of Chicago, and an important influence on U.S. westward expansion. His career as a businessman stretched from the streets of Chicago to the wilds of the Wisconsin lumber forests, from the iron mines of Pennsylvania to the financial capitals in New York and beyond. Jack Harpster’s The Railroad Tycoon Who Built Chicago: A Biography of William B. Ogden is the first chronicle of one of the most notable figures in nineteenth-century America.
Harpster traces the life of Ogden from his early experiences as a boy and young businessman in upstate New York to his migration to Chicago, where he invested in land, canal construction, and steamboat companies. He became Chicago’s first mayor, built the city’s first railway system, and suffered through the Great Chicago Fire. His diverse business interests included real estate, land development, city planning, urban transportation, manufacturing, beer brewing, mining, and banking, to name a few. Harpster, however, does not simply focus on Ogden’s role as business mogul; he delves into the heart and soul of the man himself.
The Railroad Tycoon Who Built Chicago is a meticulously researched and nuanced biography set against the backdrop of the historical and societal themes of the nineteenth century. It is a sweeping story about one man’s impact on the birth of commerce in America. Ogden’s private life proves to be as varied and interesting as his public persona, and Harpster weaves the two into a colorful tapestry of a life well and usefully lived.
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Read information about the authorI was born in 1937, attended high school in Memphis, TN, and graduated with a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin in 1959. I moved to Southern California and spent 27 years in the newspaper business there, moving to Las Vegas in 1986 where I rounded out my career with a 17-year stint on that city's two newspapers on the business management side of the industry. I retired in 2002 and moved to Reno, Nevada with my wife in 2006, where I currently live.
I have seven books published, and another coming out next April. I have also written dozens of essays and articles on history and biography for magazines and journals.