Collis P. Huntington
Collis Huntington was born October 22, 1821 in Harwinton, Connecticut. When the gold rush hit in 1849, Huntington traveled to California and opened a mine supply store. Later he formed part of the "Big Four" that advocated for a connection of eastern and western railroad lines. Huntington went back East and lobbied successfully for the building of a transcontinental railroad, finished in 1869.
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