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VAN HORNE, William C., railroad president, born in Will county, Illinois, in February, 1843. He began his railway career as a telegraph-operator on the Illinois Central in 1856, was attached in various capacities to the Michigan Central and Chicago and Alton railroads from 1858 till 1872, was general superintendent of the St. Louis, Kansas City, and Northern line in 1872-'4, general manager of the Southern Minnesota in 1874-'8, and president in 1877-'9, and in 1879 also filled the office of general superintendent of the Chicago and Alton. He was next general superintendent of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul road, then became general manager of the Canadian Pacific railroad, of which the section through the wheat-districts of Manitoba had just been completed, lie was elected vice-president of the company in 1884, and in 1888 became its president.
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