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Jay Gould

Born May 27, 1836

Jason "Jay" Gould was a leading American railroad developer and speculator. He has long been vilified as an archetypal robber baron, whose successes made him the ninth richest American in history. Condé Nast Portfolio ranked Gould as the 8th worst American CEO of all time. Some modern historians working from primary sources have discounted various myths about him.… Read More

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1836 Birth Born on May 27, 1836.


1854 18 Years Old 1 More Event
His principal was credited as getting him a job working as a bookkeeper for a blacksmith. A year later the blacksmith offered him half interest in the blacksmith shop, which he sold to his father during the early part of 1854. … Read More


In 1856 he published History of Delaware County, and Border Wars of New York, which he had spent several years writing.
1857 21 Years Old Leupp and Gould was a successful partnership until the Panic of 1857. … Read More
1863 27 Years Old 1 More Event
He married Helen Day Miller (1838–1889) in 1863. … Read More


1869 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Tweed and Gould became the subjects of political cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1869. … Read More
1873 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1873 Gould attempted to take control of the Erie Railroad by recruiting foreign investments from Lord Gordon-Gordon, whom he believed was a cousin of the wealthy Campbells looking to buy land for immigrants. … Read More


1879 43 Years Old …  Beginning in 1879, he gained control of four western railroads, including the Union Pacific, which completed part of the transcontinental railroad, and the Missouri Pacific Railroad.
1880 44 Years Old By 1880, he controlled 10,000 miles (16,000 km) of railway, about one-ninth of the length of rail in the United States at that time, and, by 1882, he had controlling interest in 15% of the country's tracks. … Read More
1881 45 Years Old Gould obtained a controlling interest in the Western Union telegraph company, and, after 1881, in the elevated railways in New York City. … Read More
1883 47 Years Old When Gould withdrew from management of the Union Pacific in 1883 amidst political controversy over its debts to the federal government, he realized a large profit for himself.


1886 50 Years Old During the Great Southwest Railroad Strike of 1886, he hired strikebreakers. … Read More
1892 57 Years Old Gould died of tuberculosis on December 2, 1892, and was interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York. … Read More
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