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Catalog Number 00131
Object Name Portrait
Description Grenville Mellen Dodge by Charles A. Whipple. 1831-1916. Born in Danvers, Mass., April 12, 1831. Removed to Iowa, 1851. Began work as a civil engineer for the Illinios Central and C.R.I. & R. Railway, 1851. Opened banking and real estate office in Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1855. Colonel, 4th Iowa Infantry, 1861; Brigadier-General U.S. Vols., 1862; Major-General U.S. Vols., 1864. Resigned from army 1866. Appointed Chief Engineer, Union Pacific Railroad, 1866-1870. Regarded as builder of Union Pacific, the first trans-continental road which was completed May 10, 1869. Delegate to the Republican National Convention, 1868 and 1876. Grand Marshal at dedication of the Grant's Monument in New York City, April 27, 1887. Bequeathed manuscript collection to the State Historical Department. Died in Council Bluffs, Iowa, January 3, 1916.
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