Who's Who list by name, surname beginning with P

  • Paddock, B. B. - President of Fort Worth & Rio Grande Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 83)
  • Paepcke, H. - President of Cairo, Memphis & Southern Railroad & Transportation Company. (Pocket List 1907, p 231)
  • Page, A. H. - President of Chesterfield & Lancaster Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 251)
  • Page, Henry A. - President of Aberdeen & Asheboro Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 187)
  • Page, William N. (1854-1924) - American civil engineer who built the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway and the Virginian Railway.
  • Paine, S. V. - President of Athens & Northern Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 201)
  • Paine, William A. - President of Copper Range Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 295)
  • George Palmer George Palmer
  • Palmer, George - President of Buffalo & Erie Railroad. (Lloyd 1859)
  • Palmer, Henry Robinson (1795-1844) - British civil engineer who designed and patented the world's first monorail and elevated railway system.
  • Palmer, John B. - President of Petersburg Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 7; Official List 1888, p 155)
  • Palmer, S. S. - President of Ahnapee & Western Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 187)
  • Palmer, W. J. - President of Mexican National Railroad Construction Company. (Official List 1888, p 119)
  • Palmer, W. S. - President of Northwestern Pacific Railroad. (NY Times, May 22, 1918)
  • Palmer, William Jackson (1836-1909) - Builder of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, president of same. (Poor's 1887, p 55; Official List 1888, p 69)
  • Pardee, A., Jr. - President of East Tennesee & Western North Carolina Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 75)
  • Pardee, L. P. - President of Beaver Meadow, Tresckow & New Boston Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 217)
  • Park, John C. - Locomotive superintendent for North London Railway 1873-__ [preceded by William Adams].
  • Parker, R. M. - President of Butler County Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 229)
  • Parker, Thomas - Locomotive superintendent for Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway __-1893 [succeeded by William Pollitt].
  • Parrish, J. L. - President of Colfax Northern Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 291)
  • Joseph R. Parrott in 1913 Joseph R. Parrott in 1913
  • Parrott, Joseph R. (1859-1913) - President of Florida East Coast Railway.
  • Parsons, Charles - President of Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 167)
  • Patch, A. M. - President of Cornwall Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 295)
  • Patterson, Joseph W. - Interim president of Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1836 [preceded by Philip E. Thomas; succeeded by Louis McLane].
  • Pattison, Robert K. - President of Long Island Rail Road 1976-1978 [preceded by Walter L. Schlager, Jr.; succeeded by Francis S. Gabreski].
  • Patton, I. V. - President of Sharpsville Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 175)
  • Patton, J. R. - President of Lincoln Railway & Heating Company. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1266)
  • Patton, J. V. - Superintendent of Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's Pittsburgh Division. (Poor's 1887, p 11)
  • Patton, W. A. - President of Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad. (NY Times, May 22, 1918)
  • Paul, Thomas Haig (born 1820) - American locomotive builder who built in 1864 the first narrow gauge locomotive that was constructed completely in the United States.
  • Pavey, Louis G. - President of City Railway Company of Mount Vernon. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1256)
  • Payne, Henry C. (1843-1904) - President of Milwaukee & Northern Railroad, president of Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company, president of Milwaukee & Cream City Traction Company, president of American Street Railway Association in 1893, appointed receiver for Northern Pacific Railway in August 1893.
  • Peabody, Charles A. - President of Illinois Central Railroad 1918-1919 [preceded and succeeded by Charles H. Markham].
  • Peabody, John - President of Columbus & Rome Railway. (Poor's 1887, p 49; Official List 1888, p 59)
  • Pearce, T. P. - President of Cobourg, Blairton & Marmora Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 58)
  • Pearce, Thomas M. - President of Madison, Illinois & St. Louis Railway. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1229)
  • Pearson, E. J. - President of New Haven Railroad. (NY Times, May 22, 1918)
  • Pease, Edward (1767-1858) - First owner of the Stockton & Darlington Railway.
  • Peasley, J. C. - President of Ottumwa & Kirkville Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 149)
  • Peck, G. L. - President of Dayton Union Railroad; president of Pennsylvania Terminal Railway. (NY Times, May 22, 1918)
  • Peck, Ralph L. - President of Waukegan, Rockford & Elgin Traction Company. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1246)
  • Peckham. E. L. - President of Denver, Kansas & Gulf Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 307)
  • Peebles, Robert - President of Ashland Coal & Iron Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 193)
  • Pelletier, Jean (1935-2009) - Chairman of VIA Rail 2001-2004.
  • John J. Pelley in 1938 John J. Pelley at a meeting in 1938
  • Pelley, John Jeremiah - President of the Association of American Railroads. (Palmer 1942)
  • Pelton, G. P. - President of New York & Massachusetts Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 135)
  • Peña, Federico (born 1947) - U.S. Secretary of Transportation 1993-1997 [preceded by Andrew Card; succeeded by Rodney Slater].
  • Pendleton, George H. (1825-1889) - President of Kentucky Central Railroad 1869-1879.
  • Pennington, E. - President of Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste Marie Railroad; president of St. Paul Union Depot; president of Central Terminal Railway (subsidiary of MStP&SSM); president of Wisconsin Central Railway (operated by MStP&SSM); chairman and president of Western Express Company. (NY Times, May 22, 1918; Illinois PUC, 1915, pp 1200, 1227, 1246 and 1280)
  • Perben, Dominique (born 1945) - Minister of Transportation for France 2005-2007.
  • Perkins, A. T. - President of Chicago, Milwaukee & Gary Railway. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1208)
  • Perkins, B. - President of East Alabama Railway. (Poor's 1887, p 57; Official List 1888, p 73)
  • Perkins, Charles Elliott (1840-1907) - President of Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad 1881-1901 [succeeded by George Harris]; president of Burlington & Missouri River Railroad; president of Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad; president of Kansas City, St. Joseph & Council Bluffs Railroad. (Poor's 1887, pp 33, 35 and 37; Official List 1888, pp 23, 41, 91 and 103)
  • Perkins, Charles Elliott, Jr. - Son of Charles Elliott Perkins; president of Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad 1918-1920 [preceded and succeeded by Hale Holden].
  • Perkins, G. W. - Chairman of the board for Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 285)
  • Perkins, George Clement (1839-1923) - President of Pacific Coast Railroad. Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Railroads 1913-1915. (Official List 1888, p 149)
  • Perris, Fred T. (1836-1916) - Chief engineer of the California Southern Railroad, a subsidiary of the Santa Fe that built the route through Cajon Pass; chief engineer of California Central Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 25; Serpico 1988)
  • Perry, Marsden J. - Chairman of the board for Norfolk Southern Railroad. (Poor's 1917, p 124)
  • Perry, William F. - President of Bridgton & Saco River Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 19; Official List 1888, p 21)
  • Peters, Mary (born 1948) - U.S. Secretary of Transportation 2006-2009 [preceded by Norman Mineta; succeeded by Ray LaHood].
  • Peters, Ralph (1853-__) - President of Long Island Rail Road 1905-1923 [preceded by William F. Potter; succeeded by Samuel Rea]. (NY Times; May 22, 1918)
  • Petsch, Charles H. - President of Keokuk, Nauvoo & Fort Madison Electric Railway. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1311)
  • Pew, J. N. - President of Bay Terminal Railroad. President of Beaver Valley Railroad. President of Delaware River & Union Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, pp 215, 217 and 303)
  • Peyton, J. H. - President of Nashville, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad. (NY Times, May 22, 1918)
  • Phair, E. E. - Superintendent of Kent Northern Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 105)
  • Phelan, James D. (1861-1930) - Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Railroads 1915-1917.
  • Phelps, D. P. - President of Peoria Terminal Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 155)
  • Phelps, John Jay (1810-1869) - One of the founders of and first president for Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad.
  • Phelps, Timothy Guy (1824-1899) - First president of Southern Pacific Company 1865-1868 [succeeded by Charles Crocker].
  • Phillips, E. B. - President of Fitchburg Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 81)
  • Phillips, W. E. - President of Chicago & Illinois Western Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 253)
  • Phillips, William H. - President of Norfolk Southern Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 143)
  • Phinizy, C. H. - President of Atlanta & West Point Railway. (Official List 1888, p 7)
  • Picard, F. J. - Receiver and general manager for Columbus & Eastern Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 49)
  • Pickersgill, William (1861-1928) - Locomotive superintendent for Great North of Scotland Railway 1894-1914 [preceded by James Johnson; succeeded by Thomas E. Heywood]; chief mechanical engineer for Caledonian Railway 1914-1923 [preceded by John F. McIntosh].
  • Pierce, George A. - President of St. Joe Railway. (Official List 1888, p 169)
  • Pierce, Henry B. - President of Golconda Northern Railway. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1309)
  • Pierce, T. M. - President of St. Louis Merchants' Bridge Company (subsidiary of StLMBTRy). (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1238)
  • Pihl, Carl Abraham (1825-1897) - Director of Norges Statsbaner 1865-1897.
  • Pillsbury, F. C. - President of Minneapolis, Lyndale & Minnetonka Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 123)
  • Pillsbury, J. S. - President of Minneapolis Eastern Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 123)
  • Pinkney, H. K. - President of Peoria & Pekin Union Railway. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1232)
  • Albert J. Pitkin in 1904 Albert J. Pitkin in 1904
  • Pitkin, Albert J. (1854-__) - President of American Locomotive Company 1904-__ [preceded by Samuel R. Callaway]. (The Railroad Men, July 1904)
  • Plant, Henry B. (1819-1899) - President of the Plant System; president of Charleston & Savannah Railroad; president of Savannah, Florida & Western Railroad. (Official List 1888, pp 35 and 174)
  • Plant, M. F. - President of Southern Express Company. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1279)
  • Platt, F. H. - President of Midland Railroad (U.S.). (Official List 1888, p 121)
  • Platt, Thomas C. - President of Addison & Northern Pennsylvania Railway; president of Southern Central Railroad; receiver for Bradford, Eldred & Cuba Railroad. (Poor's 1887, pp 1 and 19; Official List 1888, pp 1 and 177)
  • Plunkett, David Robert (1838-1919) - Director for London & North Western Railway; chairman of the board of directors for North London Railway; director for Central London Railway 1900-__.
  • Pollitt, H. - Chief Mechanical Engineer for Great Central Railway 1897-1900.
  • Pollitt, William - General Manager of Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway 1886-1899; locomotive suerpintendent for MS&LR 1893-1897 [preceded by Thomas Parker]; general manager of Great Central Railway 1899-1902 [succeeded by Sam Fay].
  • Poltevent, John - President of East Louisiana Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 75)
  • Polyakov, Samuel (1837-1888) - Builder of Russian railways during the Russo-Turkish War; later owner and manager of several Russian lines, and became known as "the most famous railroad king" of Russia.
  • Pomeroy, Samuel C. (1816-1891) - President of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway 1863-1868 [preceded by Cyrus K. Holliday; succeeded by William F. Nast].
  • Ponsonby, Edward (1851-1920) - Director for London, Brighton & South Coast Railway 1895-1920, and chairman of same 1908-1920 [preceded by Thomas Fremantle; succeeded by Charles C. Macrae].
  • Poor, John Alfred (1808-1871) - Developed the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad and the Atlantic & St. Lawrence Railroad together to promote Portland, Maine, as a viable ocean port for business connecting to Montreal; director of same 1846-1853.
  • Pope, John Henry - Minister of Railways and Canals for Canada; president of Canada Atlantic Railway. (Poor's 1887, p 23; Official List 1888, pp 99 and 162)
  • Poppenhusen, Adolph - President of Long Island Rail Road in 1877 [preceded by David N. Ropes; succeeded by Thomas R. Sharp].
  • Poppenhusen, Conrad (1818-1883) - Founder of Flushing & North Side Railroad; president of Long Island Rail Road in 1876 [preceded by Henry Havemeyer; succeeded by David N. Ropes].
  • Porta, Livio Dante (1922-2003) - Argentinian steam locomotive mechanical engineer.
  • Porteous, John - President of Association of General Freight Agents of Canada. (Official List 1888, p xxxvi)
  • Porter, George M. - President of St. Croix & Penobscot Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 167)
  • Porter, H. H. - President of Chicago & Indiana Coal Railway; president of Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad; chairman of Duluth & Iron Range Railroad. President of Chicago Transfer & Clearing Company, Inc. President of Chicago Union Transfer Railway. (Poor's 1887, p 39; Official List 1888, pp 37 and 73; Pocket List 1907, p 281)
  • Porter, Henry Kirke (1840-1921) - Founder of H. K. Porter, Inc., locomotive manufacturing company.
  • Porter, John - President and general manager of Chicago, Iowa & Dakota Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 43)
  • Porter, Joseph F. - President of Moline, Rock Island & Eastern Traction Company; president of Tri City Railway. (Illinois PUC, 1915, pp 1267 and 1274)
  • Posner, Henry, III - Conrail. (Trains, June 1991, p 18)
  • Post, Waldron B. - President of Long Island Rail Road 1838-1839 [preceded by Valentine Hicks; succeeded by George B. Fisk].
  • Potter, M. W. - President of Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad. (NY Times, May 22, 1918)
  • William F. Potter in 1904 William F. Potter in 1904
  • Potter, William F. - President of Long Island Rail Road in 1905 [preceded by William H. Baldwin; succeeded by Ralph Peters].
  • Pottinger, David - Chief superintendent of Intercolonial Railway. (Poor's 1887, p 23)
  • Potts, F. A. - President of New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 141)
  • Potts, George H. - President of Charlotteburg & Green Lake Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 31)
  • Pratt, Julius Howard (died 1909) - Founder of the New York & Greenwood Lake Railway in 1878.
  • Prebble, Richard W. (born 1948) - New Zealand Minister of Railways 1984-1990.
  • Prendergast, Thomas F. - President of Long Island Rail Road 1994-2000 [preceded by Charles W. Hoppe; succeeded by Kenneth J. Bauer].
  • Price, W. P. - President of Gainesville & Dahlonega Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 85)
  • Prill, Max - President of Centralia & Central City Traction Company. (Illinois PUC 1915, p 1249)
  • Proctor, F. D. - President of Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 287)
  • Prouty, Charles A. (1853-1921) - Commissioner for the Interstate Commerce Commission 1896-1914, chairman of the commission 1912-1913; Director of Valuation for the ICC 1914-__; director of Division of Public Service and Accounting for the United States Railroad Administration 1918-1921.
  • Provo, Larry - President of Chicago & North Western Railway 1972-__ [preceded by Benjamin W. Heineman].
  • Pugh, C. E. - President of Baltimore, Chesapeake & Atlantic Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 213)
  • Pullman, George M. (1831-1897) - Founder of Pullman Palace Car Company.
  • Pulsifer, R. M. - President of Marietta & North Georgia Railroad; president of Washington & Potomac Railroad. (Official List 1888, pp 117 and 193)
  • Purcell, William - President of Coahuila & Zacatecas Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 289)
  • Purdy, T. C. - President of Mann's Budoir Car Company. (Official List 1888, p 199)
  • Pusey, Charles J. - General manager of Irondale, Bancroft & Ottawa Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 101)
  • Putnam, Henry W. - President of Brooklyn Elevated Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 19; Official List 1888, p 21)
  • Putnam, W. L. - President of Rumford Falls & Buckfield Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 167)
  • Pycott, J. S. - President of Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad.

Photo credits

  • George Palmer - Cropped from a scan of Lloyd's American railroad map of the United States, showing the three proposed roads and the overland mail route to the Pacific, in the collection of the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division, available through the Library of Congress website, retreived February 11, 2014.  The original document notes that the image was created based on a photograph by "Brady" for Lloyd's American Guide.  Because this document was first published in 1859, it is my understanding that this is now in the public domain.
  • Joseph R. Parrott - Cropped from a scan of the original photograph available at the Library of Congress website as part of the Bain Collection. The image description page for this photograph (retrieved on December 30, 2015) asserts that there are "no known restrictions on publication" and since this was first published in the United States before 1923, my understanding is that this image is now in the public domain.
  • John J. Pelley - Cropped from a scan of the original photo available at the Library of Congress website. This photograph was taken on May 4, 1938, at the 26th Annual Meeting of the United States Chamber of Commerce; and donated as part of the Harris & Ewing Collection to the Library of Congress in 1955. The MARC record for this photograph (retrieved February 10, 2014) asserts that there are "no known restrictions on publication."
  • Albert J. Pitkin - Cropped from a scan of the original image published in The Railroad Men, volume XVII, issue 10, July 1904 (scan available on Google Books). Since this was first published in the United States before 1923, my understanding is that this image is now in the public domain.
  • William F. Potter - Cropped from a scan of the original image published in The Railroad Men, volume XVII, issue 7, April 1904 (scan available on Google Books). Since this was first published in the United States before 1923, my understanding is that this image is now in the public domain.