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William Wheelwright
Birth: Mar. 18, 1798
Newburyport
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 26, 1873
London, England

American promoter and entrepreneur. The son of a seafaring trading family, he pioneered the first railroads and steamship companies in South America. The first railroad was the 51-mile route from Caldera to Copiapó in Chile, constructed between 1849 and 1852. When Chilean officials showed no interest in extending the railroad over the Andes into Argentina, Wheelwright moved to that country and with British financial backing built the Argentine Central Railroad between Rosario and Córdoba, started in 1863 and completed in 1870. He then developed the La Plata portworks with a connecting railroad to Buenos Aires in 1872. Prior to his railroad-building, he had founded, again with British financial backing, the Pacific Steamship Navigation Company, and in 1840, the 700-ton steamers, Chile and Peru, negotiated the Straits of Magellan to begin the service from Callao to Valparaiso. He also developed the first telegraph lines in South America. He died at age 75 in London. (bio by: Bob on Gallows Hill) 
 
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 Parents:
  Ebenezer Wheelwright (1764 - 1855)
  Anna Coombs Wheelwright (1765 - 1855)
 
 Spouse:
  Martha Gerrish Bartlett Wheelwright (1804 - 1888)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Newburyport
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bob on Gallows Hill
Record added: Apr 22, 2006
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