Samuel Spencer
Spencer was the first president of the Southern Railway System, which was formed by the consolidation of the Richmond and Danville Railroad and the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad. During his tenure, the mileage of the Railway doubled, the number of passengers served increased by almost fourfold to nearly 12 million, and annual earnings increased from $17 million to $54 million. As the Railway expanded so too did the business opportunities in the South, and Spencer was credited with supporting this growth.

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