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Collis Potter Huntington
Collis P. Huntington
Born October 22, 1821
Harwinton, Connecticut
Died August 13, 1900

Collis Potter Huntington (October 22, 1821August 13, 1900) was one of the Big Four of western railroading (along with Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins and Charles Crocker) who built the Southern Pacific Railroad and other major interstate train lines.

Collis Potter Huntington was born in Harwinton, Connecticut, in 1821. He was a successful Sacramento, California businessman, and he helped fund the Central Pacific Railroad during the 1860s. This railroad was linked with the Union Pacific Railroad in 1869 by the golden spike and became the first transcontinental railroad in the United States. He was later involved in the establishment of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Beginning in 1871, he oversaw construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway across Virginia and West Virginia to reach the Ohio River. He established the planned city of Huntington, West Virginia, as well as the coal piers in Warwick County, Virginia at a location which became the City of Newport News in 1896. He also founded Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, the largest shipyard in the world.

He died in 1900 and is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York.

Collis Huntington was related to another California railroad magnate, Henry E. Huntington, founder of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California and the main force behind the Pacific Electric system in Los Angeles, CA.

He was also related to Clarence Huntington, who was a president of the Virginian Railway.

Preceded by
Leland Stanford
Presidents of the Southern Pacific Company
Succeeded by:
Charles Hayes

The Big Four
Charles Crocker | Mark Hopkins | Collis P. Huntington | Leland Stanford

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Collis Potter Huntington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (779 words)
Collis Potter Huntington was born in Harwinton, Connecticut, in 1821.
Collis Huntington was the adopted father of Clara Elizabeth Prentice, born in Sacramento, in 1860.
Collis Huntington was also the adopted father of renowned hispanist Archer M. Huntington, son of Collis P. Huntington's second wife, by her first husband, who founded a Spanish museum and rare books library The Hispanic Society of America in upper Manhattan, which is still free and open to the public.
CT DEP: Collis P. Huntington State Park (504 words)
Collis P. Huntington State Park was primarily in agricultural use until the Luttgen family acquired the land in the late 1800's and developed the present service roads, trails, and artificial ponds.
Collis Potter Huntington became one of the wealthiest men in the country in the late century by his promotion and completion of the first transcontinental railroad.
Huntington were careful to preserve the natural quality of their land, the 883 acre park is now a wonderful place for tranquility.
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