Samuel M. Vauclain
Having become a skilled locomotive engineer while working as his father’s apprentice, Vauclain’s talent allowed him to rapidly advance through the ranks of Baldwin. In addition to his innovative designs, Vauclain’s sales skills allowed him to generate lucrative production deals with the United States and its World War I allies, including Russia, France and Britain. Combining his vision for Baldwin with his support of post-war rehabilitation in Europe, Vauclain expanded Baldwin into 12 countries, allowing it to become one of the world’s largest locomotive producers.