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Julius Kruttschnitt (July 30, 1854 – June 15, 1925) was a German American railroad executive.[1]

Julius Kruttschnitt
Julius Kruttschnitt in 1920.jpg
Kruttschnitt in 1920
Born(1854-07-30)July 30, 1854
DiedJune 15, 1925(1925-06-15) (aged 70)
EducationWashington and Lee University (1873)
OccupationRailroad executive
EmployerSouthern Pacific Railroad
Board member ofSouthern Pacific Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad, Wells Fargo
Spouse(s)Elise Minna Krock
ChildrenJulius Kruttschnitt II


He was born on July 30, 1854 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1873 and worked briefly as a schoolteacher before beginning his railroad career. He joined the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1885 and served in a variety of roles, culminating in chairman from 1913.[2]

He retired on May 31, 1925 as chairman of the executive committee of the Southern Pacific Railroad.[3] He died on June 15, 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana of a heart attack.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Julius Kruttschnitt Dies of Heart Attack. Nearing His 71st Birthday, He Resigned May 31 as Chairman of Southern Pacific". New York Times. June 16, 1925.
  2. ^ Hofsommer, Don L. (1988). "Julius Kruttschnitt". In Bryant, Jr., Keith L. (ed.). Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography: Railroads in the Age of Regulation, 1900-1980. New York: Facts on File. pp. 253–255.
  3. ^ "Kruttschnitt, 70, To Retire May 31". New York Times. April 10, 1925.

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