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Conservative Party Leaders with Competing Railroad Interests

Mahone, the Builder

This undated photograph, captioned "Mahone, the Builder," portrays a young, clean-shaven—though elaborately coiffed—William Mahone and likely was made before the Civil War. Several years after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1847, Mahone decided to become an engineer, remarking to a mentor at VMI that "Internal Improvements seem to be the order of the day far and wide." He was right. A rage for public-works projects such as toll roads, plank roads, canals, and railroads gripped Virginia at the time. In 1849, Mahone began work with the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, and subsequently worked on the Fredericksburg and Valley Plank Road and the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad. By 1853 he was chief engineer of the Norfolk and Petersburg, and in 1860 he became president of the rail line.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: Nineteenth century

Medium: Printed photograph

Courtesy of Garrett & Massie, Publishers

Hon. John S. Barbour.

An engraved portrait of John Strode Barbour serves as the frontispiece of Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of John S. Barbour (A Senator From Virginia) Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives, February 3 and 25, 1893 (1893). The book of tributes to the senator, who died in 1892, was published for Congress by the Government Printing Office.

Citation: Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of John S. Barbour. E664 .B23 U5 1893. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing

Created: 1893

Medium: Engraved frontispiece

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • Mahone, the Builder

    This undated photograph, captioned "Mahone, the Builder," portrays a young, clean-shaven—though elaborately coiffed—William Mahone and likely was made before the Civil War. Several years after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1847, Mahone decided to become an engineer, remarking to a mentor at VMI that "Internal Improvements seem to be the order of the day far and wide." He was right. A rage for public-works projects such as toll roads, plank roads, canals, and railroads gripped Virginia at the time. In 1849, Mahone began work with the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, and subsequently worked on the Fredericksburg and Valley Plank Road and the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad. By 1853 he was chief engineer of the Norfolk and Petersburg, and in 1860 he became president of the rail line.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: Nineteenth century

    Medium: Printed photograph

    Courtesy of Garrett & Massie, Publishers

  • Hon. John S. Barbour.

    An engraved portrait of John Strode Barbour serves as the frontispiece of Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of John S. Barbour (A Senator From Virginia) Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives, February 3 and 25, 1893 (1893). The book of tributes to the senator, who died in 1892, was published for Congress by the Government Printing Office.

    Citation: Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of John S. Barbour. E664 .B23 U5 1893. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing

    Created: 1893

    Medium: Engraved frontispiece

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections