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Memorable Manitobans: Edson Joseph Chamberlin (1852-1924)

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Born in Lancaster, New Hampshire on 25 August 1852, the son of Joseph Mark and Roeann Chamberlin. He was educated at the Methodist Seminary of Montpellier, Vermont. In 1871, he became employed with the Central Vermont Railway in St. Albans, Vermont where he remained until April 1884 when he was appointed Superintendent of the Ogdensburg & Lake Champlain Railway. In September 1886, he became general manager of the Canada Atlantic Railway with headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario. This railroad was absorbed by the Grand Trunk Railway in 1905 and Chamberlain retired briefly from railroading, instead becoming active in railway construction in Canada and Mexico. He returned to the Grand Trunk Pacific in January 1909 as its Vice-President and General Manager, based in Winnipeg. He became the railroad’s President in 1912, a position that he held until 1917.

Chamberlin died at Pasadena, California on 27 August 1924. He is commemorated by the town of Edson, Alberta.

Page revised: 5 September 2008

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