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John Hudson Hall Biography

Born: Oct. 15, 1828 New York, N.Y.

Died: March 3, 1891 Thomasville, Ga.

From: America's Successful Men 1895

JOHN HUDSON HALL, a native of New York city, born Oct. 15, 1828, died in Thomasville, Ga., March 3, 1891. He was a son of John V. Hall, whose ancestor came to this country from England in 1700. First, clerk in a bank and then in the store of Elliott, Burnap & Babcock, manufacturers of paper, he became a partner in 1850 in Babcock, Dubisson & Hall, and in 1854, in Campbell, Hall & Co., who on Nassau street, rose to great prominence. Mr. Hall became senior partner in 1860. Having acquired considerable wealth, he retired in 1881. Mr. Hall was one of those who, July 25, 1866, organized The West Side & Yonkers Patent Railway, which built half a mile of elevated railroad on Greenwich street, operated with stationary power and an endless cable. From that time forward, he gave great attention to elevated railroads, was a director of The New York Elevated Railroad Co., which built the first successful line, and shared in the management of The Manhattan Railroad until his death. At one time largely interested in The Oregon & Transcontinental and The Union Pacific, Mr. Hall also made investments in some of the largest railroad systems in the South. He was vice-president of The Georgia Central Railroad & Banking Co., and The Richmond Terminal corporation, and director of The East Tennessee Virginia & Georgia and The Richmond & Danville Railroads. In politics a Republican, he never took an active part in public affairs, but was a member of the Union League club. He was more of the typical American merchant and gentleman than politician. Thoughtful, shrewd, and unassuming, his influence was powerful in corporations. By his marriage in 1872, to Cornelia, daughter of Augustus H. Ward, he was the father of four children, John Hudson, Charles Ward, Cornelia Catherine and Martha Jane Hall.


Hall, Henry, ed.
America's Successful Men
Published by: The New York Tribune, New York NY, 1895.

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