This is often the 1st book-length biography of George Pullman (1831-1897), an entrepreneur whose identify grew to become synonymous with the golden age of U.S. railroad commute within the overdue nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. during this impressively researched paintings, historian Liston Leyendecker portrays the transformation of a guy of imaginative and prescient who ascended to prominence following the Civil warfare in basic terms to lose keep watch over of his empire within the face of swiftly altering global of commercial and hard work relatives. An adventurous younger guy, Pullman ventured westward to Chicago and Colorado from his upstate ny domestic, ultimately leaving a profitable shop within the Colorado goldfields in 1863 to come back to Chicago and shape his Palace motor vehicle corporation, the producer of luxurious slumbering autos.
As the Palace motor vehicle corporation prospered, Pullman...who in the beginning was once considered as a 'hands-on' manager...became faraway from the company's day-by-day affairs. He relied an increasing number of at the recommendation of his brother Albert, and his turning out to be isolation endured all through his occupation and prolonged into relatives concerns. the result of Pullman's aloofness turned relatively obvious while, throughout the railroad staff' strike of 1894, he used to be publicly vilified because the archetypal nineteenth century robber-baron for his obdurate refusal to barter with the pain strikers.
A company govt who distanced himself from his staff, Pullman exemplified the getting older industrialist who didn't adapt his considering to the rising global of work family members. Pullman died in 1897, an anachronism in an international he not understood.
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