Boss of the U.P.


Into the presidency of the rich Union Pacific, third largest U.S. railroad, stepped a railroader's railroader. At 53, tall, taciturn Arthur E. Stoddard had reached the top, after a typical railroader's climb from the very bottom.

At the age of eleven, Nebraska-born Art Stoddard went to Texas with his father, a grading contractor who was helping to build the Rock Island Line. Art got a job as water boy at 25¢ a day. He worked on railroads on & off while finishing school, joined the U.P. as a shop helper. After a World War I stint as a Navy radio operator, he...

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