Event Title

H.F. Alexander and the American Shipping Industry at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century

Presenter Information

Samuel LeFeber, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 342

Start Date

30-4-2015 1:54 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 2:25 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

My research concentrated on the roll that my great-great-grandfather, Hubbard Foster Alexander, played in the American shipping industry at the dawn of the 20th century. As the founder of the Pacific Steamship Company, which at one point was responsible for sixty percent of freight traffic and ninety percent of passenger traffic between ports on the Pacific Coast, H.F. Alexander was a fundamental part in contributing to the industrialization of the Western United States. In my research I focused not only on learning who H.F. Alexander was, but how his career and personal life fit into a larger historical context including the industrialization of a nation, and the social experience at a time of great economic prosperity.

Faculty Sponsor

Elizabeth Leonard

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. History Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1539

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Apr 30th, 1:54 PM Apr 30th, 2:25 PM

H.F. Alexander and the American Shipping Industry at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century

Diamond 342

My research concentrated on the roll that my great-great-grandfather, Hubbard Foster Alexander, played in the American shipping industry at the dawn of the 20th century. As the founder of the Pacific Steamship Company, which at one point was responsible for sixty percent of freight traffic and ninety percent of passenger traffic between ports on the Pacific Coast, H.F. Alexander was a fundamental part in contributing to the industrialization of the Western United States. In my research I focused not only on learning who H.F. Alexander was, but how his career and personal life fit into a larger historical context including the industrialization of a nation, and the social experience at a time of great economic prosperity.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/327