locked Re: Fairfax Harrison and Federal Control 1918-1920
C J Wyatt
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Attached is part of USRA report which should help clarify the situation.
On Monday, April 6, 2020, 02:24:29 PM EDT, C J Wyatt <cjwyatt@...> wrote:
FH working for USRA came from Wikipedia, so that information is suspect from the start. Southern Railway Company put out an annual report at the end of 1918 even though the government operated the property. Fairfax Harrison is still listed as President and a member of the Board of Directors. Apparently the company was looking after the stockholders' interest even though it was not allowed to operate the properties.
On Monday, April 6, 2020, 01:23:43 PM EDT, A&Y Dave in MD <dbott@...> wrote:
He was chairman of the private industry board composed of 5 railroad presidents prior to the USRA. The board was unable to solve many of the railroad-related problems that faced the country, even though they did coordinate a response. The board's work was commendable, but its power was limited to voluntary action that couldn't happen fast enough to deal with the troubles that farmers, industrialists, and the military were facing. Treasury Secretary McAdoo urged the USRA to coordinate efforts (especially reducing redundancy) and to make a "rental" of the railroads (as opposed to outright nationalization). In the histories I've read, Harrison opposed the plan by McAdoo and I can find no mention that Harrison had a role in the USRA.
Monday, April 6, 2020, 12:57:59 PM, you wrote:
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