Jefferson Scott Polk by William Patterson. 1831-1907. Lawyer, capitalist, street railway operator. Born near Georgetown, Kentucky, February 18, 1831. Removed to Des Moines, 1856, entering the practice of law. Associated with General M.M. Crocker and Judge P.M. Casady under firm name of Casady, Crocker, and Polk, later with F.M. Hubbell as Polk and Hubbell, which dissolved in 1887. Acquired the Des Moines City Railway property on which he developed from several horse and car lines into a single electrical urban system. He was the first in collecting mails on street cards. Prominent factor in real estate and transportation problems in Des Moines. Died in Des Moines, Iowa, November 3, 1907.
Portrait of man; seated, oriented left; white hair and long white beard; black clothes; brown background. Gilded frame with nameplate. 37.75 x 33"
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