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MINOT, Charles, railroad official, born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, 30 August, 1810; died in Somerville, Massachusetts, 10 December, 1866. He was graduated at Harvard in 1828, studied law, and after his admission to the bar practised in Suffolk county for many years. In 1841 he was appointed superintendent of the Boston and Maine railroad, and after a year accepted a similar appointment with the Erie railway company. This office he held until 1854, when he became attached to the Michigan Southern railroad. In 1859 he returned to the Erie as superintendent, which place he then filled until about 1864, after which his services were retained in a consulting capacity by that road. Mr. Minor was one of the best known railroad officers in the United States, and attained a high reputation as a manager Many of the present officers of railways in the United States began their careers under his instructions.--His brother, George, lawyer, born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, 5 January, 1817 ; died in Reading, Massachusetts, 15 April, 1856, was graduated at Harvard in 1836 and at the law department in 1838. His legal studies were completed with Rufus Choate, and he was admitted to the bar in 1839. He settled in Boston, and soon became prominent in his profession, being for many years solicitor of the Boston and Maine railroad company. Mr. Minor edited "Digest of the Decisions of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts" (Boston, 1844: supplement, 1852), and rendered valuable aid to Richard Peter, Jr., in the preparation of the first eight volumes of the " United States Statutes at Large" (1848), the index of which he prepared. Subsequently, for ten years, he was editor of that work, and was associate reporter of the decisions of the first, circuit. He also edited "English Admiralty Reports" (9 vols., 1853-'4).
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