Full Name: Collis Potter Huntington
Profession: Business Tycoon
Why Famous: Collis P. Huntington became a powerful railroad magnate, building and promoting railroads during the 19th century across America.
Huntington was one of the "big four" of railroad magnates, who included Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, and Charles Crocker. They formed a joint incorporation of the Central Pacific Railroad in 1861, aiming to link California to the east coast by rail.
Huntington served as the group's political lobbyist, convincing US Congress to provide both legislation and finance. In 1865 the group formed the South Pacific railroad and built routes to link southern California to New Orleans.
In 1869 he bought the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway and extended it, linking San Francisco with Huntington in West Virginia. The city of Huntington was named after him.
- 1862-07-10 US begins construction of Central Pacific Railroad
- 1869-05-10 Golden Spike driven, completing the 1st US Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah and connecting the Central Pacific Railroad with the Union Pacific