Born: February 27, 1850 (Oneonta, New York)
Died: May 23, 1927 (Philidelphia, Pennsylvania)
Famous For/Known For:
American railroad tycoon
A Little About Henry E. Huntington:
Born to parents Solon and Harriett (Sanders) Huntington.
Huntington’s education was sought at public and private schools in New York.
At the age of 21, Huntington worked for his uncle, Collis P. Huntington, who was one of the owners of the Central Pacific Railroad. His first duty in the railroad business was managing a saw mill that supplied cross ties and bridges for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.
In 1892, Huntington moved to San Francisco, California to manage the South Pacific and Central Pacific railroads with his uncle. Eventually he became vice president of this holding company.
Huntington saw the potential for business opportunities that Southern California could offer so he bought and developed the area. He coordinated a plan so that electric, gas and water would be provided to his developments at a time when this was unheard of.
In 1910, at the age of 60, Huntington retired in order to devote his time to his collections of books and art. He also spent time landscaping his 600 acre ranch.
In 1919, Huntington and his wife signed a deed of trust that transferred their property and collections to a nonprofit trust.
Over the years Huntington made many business deals but most of his enormous fortune came from the railway industry.
Today,the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens draw more than 500,000 visitors a year.
Henry E. Huntington died from complications while undergoing surgery at the age of 77.