“Grand Trunk Railway” John A Poor Hand Written Letter. This item is certified authentic by Todd Mueller and comes with their Certificate of Authenticity. (January 8, 1808 September 6, 1871) was an American lawyer, editor, and entrepreneur best remembered for his association with the. And his role in developing the railroad system in. He was the older brother of. Standard & Poor’s. Who was his partner in some business ventures. John Poor was an articulate man standing 6 feet, two inches (1.9 m) tall and weighing over 250 pounds (110 kg). He learned the geography and commerce of northern New England during travels as a young man; and developed an early appreciation for the potential of railroads. His commanding presence was enhanced by early speaking experience as a teacher and attorney. He had a unique ability to assemble the necessary resources to build early railroads, although he left the routine work of operations to others. John Poor was born in. Silvanus Poor and Mary (Merrill) Poor. He became a school teacher at. Before undertaking the study of law. He was admitted to the Maine Bar in 1834 and established a law practice in. With his brother Henry Varnum Poor. John Poor was inspired by his first viewing of a. Boston and Worcester Railroad. John Poor promoted the concept of a railroad from. Montreal would gain access to an ice-free seaport while the. Was frozen; and Portland would gain commercial opportunities from the transfer of Canadian exports in its harbor. Poor’s vision was realized when Portland became the winter seaport of the transcontinental. The Montreal Board of Trade weighed the benefits of rail connection to Portland or. Portland was 100 miles closer to Montreal and Portland was a half day closer to European ports; but Portland’s population of 16,000 could hardly offer the financial support for railroad construction promised by Boston businessmen. As Boston representatives presented their case, John Poor made a legendary 300-mile (500-km) trip through the. Poor left Portland shortly after midnight February 5, 1845, but the wind driven snow made it very difficult to follow the road. Covered only 7.5 miles (12.5 km) to. After breakfast at Leach’s Tavern, he traveled 40 miles (65 km), and had. On his nose and one ear by the time he reached. He traveled to his home town of Andover on February 6, after obtaining help from residents of. To break a path through. Higher than a horse’s back. He then traveled another 40 miles (65 km) to reach. Colebrook residents helped Poor carry his sleigh and lead the horses through. Where howling winds formed a 20-foot snowdrift. Quebec before venturing forth through unbroken snow 18 inches (46 cm) deep in temperatures of -18 °F (-27 °C) and crossed the. Covered Saint Lawrence river at dawn on February 9. After resting 3 hours in his Montreal hotel room, Poor addressed the Montreal Board of Trade as they considered a resolution in support of the railway to Boston. Poor convinced the Canadians to delay support of the railway to Boston, and subsequent debate resulted in approval of the. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad. Poor had frostbitten feet and developed. Upon his return to Portland that spring. In 1846, Poor turned his attention to building locomotives for Portland’s railway. Poor organized, and became first president of, the. On August 8, 1846. And his brother Henry Varnum Poor became manager and editor. Traces its history back to this publication. John Poor began promoting a railway from Portland to. He became a director of the. European and North American Railway. The railway was completed a month after his death in 1871. He was president of the. York and Cumberland Railroad. In 1851, and president of the. Penobscot and Kennebec Railroad. He died at his home in Portland, Maine, on September 6, 1871. Portland, Rutland, Oswego and Chicago Railroad. His ambitious vision for Portland’s rail connection with Chicago was never realized, but his European and North American Railway became the eastern end of the transcontinental. The item “RARE! Grand Trunk Railway John A Poor Hand Written Letter Todd Mueller COA” is in sale since Saturday, March 2, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Other Collectible Autographs”. The seller is “historicsellsmemorabilia” and is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 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