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Mark Hopkins

Business Tycoon and Railroad Executive Mark Hopkins

Profession: Business Tycoon and Railroad Executive

United States of America

Biography: One of the "big four" of 19th century American railroad magnates. In 1861 along with Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, and Collis P. Huntington he formed the Central Pacific Railroad company to link California with the east coast.

Born: September 1, 1813
Birthplace: Henderson, New York, USA
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: March 29, 1878 (aged 64)

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Married Life

  • 1854-09-22 Future railroad magnate Mark Hopkins Jr. marries Mary Sherwood

Historical Events

  • 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

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