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Porter, Horace (1837-1921) to George C. Pullman

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02114 Author/Creator: Porter, Horace (1837-1921) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Letter signed Date: 12 June 1878 Pagination: 2 p. ; 27.6 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Written as Vice President of the Pullman Company to the President while on vacation. Mentions political news, cost-effectiveness of the elevated trains in New York, and scheduling trains to handle rush hours. Written on Pullman Palace Car Company letterhead.

Background Information: Pullman was the originator of the sleeping car enterprise.

People: Porter, Horace, 1837-1921
Pullman, George Mortimer, 1831-1897

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: IndustryTransportationRailroadTravelPoliticsFinance

Sub Era: The Gilded Age

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