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[Johnson, Edwin F.]: [Northern Pacific Railroad]
NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD. MEMORIAL OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTION OF THE COMPANY, WITH COMMUNICATIONS FROM LIEUTENANT GENERAL GRANT, BREVET MAJOR GENERAL MEIGS, Q.M.G., AND BREVET MAJOR GENERAL INGALLS, A.Q.M. AND REPORT OF THE ENGINEER IN CHIEF [wrapper title]
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1868. 39pp. plus large color folding map, 23 1/4 x 44 3/4 inches. Original printed wrappers. Presentation inscription on front wrapper (see below). Wrapper edges chipped, minor soiling and tanning to wrappers, spine partially chipped, old vertical fold to pamphlet. Light foxing and tanning and occasional soiling throughout, Map with a few small closed tears at cross-folds (with no loss). About very good. This copy is inscribed on the front wrapper, "With Regards of James Tilton C.E." Tilton (1819-78) was then chief engineer of the Washington Division of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Thanks in part to his support for Franklin Pierce's presidential campaign, Tilton was appointed the first Surveyor General of the Washington Territory and served from 1853-61. Both the Tilton River and Fort Tilton (near Fall City, Washington) are named for him. An important report to Congress by the Northern Pacific Railroad, headed by Minnesota railroad magnate James J. Hill, for federal aid to support the Railroad's expansion to the West Coast. The petition reviews the railroad's original charter, printing with it a memorial from the NPRR's Board of Directors, and supporting communications from military figures including Montgomery Meigs and Ulysses S. Grant. Since the early 1850s Edwin Johnson, described by Wheat as a "visionary" engineer, had been associated with the plan to build a railroad across the northern part of the United States, from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Coast. In 1867 he was named chief engineer of the Northern Pacific, and … [Click Below for Full Description]
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