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1888 Engraving Samuel Morse Felton Essex West Newbury Ma. History Genealogy

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Antique 1888 steel engraving bookplate!

Samuel Morse Felton

Born:  July 17, 1809  (West Newbury)
Parents:   Cornelius Conway & Anna Morse Felton

Samuel Morse Felton, Sr. (1809–1889) was a civil engineer and railroad executive. He was the Superintendent and engineer of the Fitchburg Railroad 1843-1851 and president of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad from 1851-1865. Felton left the PWBRR to become President of the Pennsylvania Steel Company. While at Pennsylvania Steel, Felton also served as a director of several railroads, including the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad, the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company, the Northern Pacific Railway, and the Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain Railroad. In 1869 he was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant as a Commissioner to inspect Pacific Railroads.

Felton was the brother of Harvard University president Cornelius Conway Felton and attorney John B. Felton and the father of Samuel Morse Felton, Jr., who was also involved with engineering and railroading.


Portrait with signature facsimile.

This is from a collection of bookplates rescued from a badly damaged two volume 1888 first edition set entitled "History Of Essex County Massachusetts, With Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers And Prominent Men." By D. Hamilton Hurd.

For provenance, you will receive a copy of the title page. We also leave the edge untrimmed, which provides origin provenance.

The approximate entire bookplate size is 7.5 x 10.5 inches or 19 x 27 cm. The backside, or verso, is blank.

Very good. See images for condition, some have spots, foxing, tears, etc.


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