Charles Elliott Perkins
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Charles Elliott Perkins

Businessman + Historian + Vice President
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Died Nov 8, 1907
Nationality American

Charles Elliott Perkins was an American businessman and president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. He was so well respected that historian Richard Overton wrote, "From the time that Charles Elliott Perkins became vice president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy [1876 1876] ... until he resigned as president in 1901, he was the Burlington."… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1840 Birth He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 24, 1840, to James Handasyd and Sarah Hart (Elliott) Perkins. … Read More

TEENAGE

1860 19 Years Old He was promoted to paymaster a year later, and then at age 20 was made Assistant Treasurer of the railroad in 1860. … Read More

TWENTIES

1864 23 Years Old Perkins was married Edith Forbes of Milton, Massachusetts, on September 22, 1864. … Read More
1865 24 Years Old He was named Acting Superintendent and then Superintendent of the line in 1865. … Read More

THIRTIES

1872 31 Years Old He helped incorporate the Burlington and Missouri River's Nebraska division, and was named its director as well as director of the line's Iowa division. Perkins was appointed vice president of the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad in 1872. … Read More
1873 32 Years Old On January 1, 1873, the railroad merged with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy (CB&Q), but he continued to hold the position of president of the Nebraska division. … Read More
1875 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Perkins was named to the Board of Directors of the CB&Q in 1875.
…  He was so well respected that historian Richard Overton wrote, "From the time that Charles Elliott Perkins became vice president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy 1876... until he resigned as president in 1901, he was the Burlington."
1877 36 Years Old While Perkins was vice president of the B&MR, the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 occurred. … Read More
1878 37 Years Old In May 1878, Forbes ousted Harris and installed himself as president of the railroad. … Read More

FORTIES

1882 41 Years Old Perkins began seeking a way to add a line from Chicago to Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1882.
1883 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1883, Perkins took a secret trip over the StPM&M and reported to the CB&Q's board of directors that it appeared to be a well-engineered line which ran through excellent markets. … Read More
1888 47 Years Old As president of the system, he led the CB&Q through the Burlington Railroad Strike of 1888. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1901 60 Years Old Charles Perkins resigned as president of the system in 1901 after New York City investors took control of the line. … Read More
1907 67 Years Old Perkins suffered from Bright's disease. He became confined to his home shortly before his death, and died at his home in Westwood, Massachusetts, on November 8, 1907. … Read More
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