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Henry Clark Lord (October 2, 1824 – March 23, 1884) was the fourth president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. He was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, the son of Dartmouth College president Nathan Lord.

Henry C. Lord
BornOctober 2, 1824
DiedMarch 23, 1884 (1884-03-24) (aged 59)
Occupationrailroad executive
Spouse(s)Eliza Burret Wright
Parent(s)Nathan Lord

In 1837, Henry enrolled at Dartmouth.[1] He graduated in 1843[2] and began working as a tutor in Virginia. After studying law, he was admitted to the Suffolk Bar in Boston.

He married Eliza Burret Wright of Cincinnati, and he moved there in the 1850s. In Ohio, Lord developed a reputation as a rehabilitator of railroad lines. In the 1850s, he served as president of the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Railroad.[3] He succeeded William F. Nast as president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on September 24, 1868.

In August 1873, Henry Lord became the founding president of the Indianapolis Belt Railroad.[3][4]

Although he was not a member, Henry Lord was a strong supporter of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and a frequent contributor to the labor union's monthly journal. In November 1883, he developed throat cancer. Henry Lord died at his home in Riverside, Ohio, on March 23, 1884.[2]


  • Waters, Lawrence Leslie (1950). Steel Trails to Santa Fe. University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, Kansas.
  1. ^ "Henry C. Lord". The Indianian. IV (6): 377. November 1899.
  2. ^ a b "Henry C. Lord". Monthly Journal of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. XVIII (5): 284. May 1884. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Dunn, Jacob Piatt. Greater Indianapolis: The History, the Industries, the Institutions, and the People of a City of Homes. I. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company. p. 257. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
  4. ^ George S. Cottman, ed. (December 1907). "Internal Improvements in Indiana". Indiana Quarterly Magazine of History. III (4): 166. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
Business positions
Preceded by
William F. Nast
President of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
1868 – 1869
Succeeded by
Henry Keyes