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Samuel Spencer

Southern Railway System

1894 - 1906

Transportation

Military ServiceArmy
pre-1900 b. 1847
male
EducationTwoDegree
UndergraduateUniversity of Georgia
GraduateMS, University of Virginia
Personal
Born-Died1847 - 1906
BirthplaceGeorgia (GA)
RaceWhite
Era - pre-1900

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.