Collis P. Huntington Biography

Business Leader (1821–1900)
Collis Huntington is best known for his work in planning and building the transcontinental railroad in the United States.


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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