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Thomas H. Canfield papers, 1842-1932.
Canfield, Thomas H. 1822-1897.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 6  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Canfield, Thomas H. (Thomas Hawley), 1822-1897.
Title : Thomas H. Canfield papers, 1842-1932.
Physical Description : 13 linear ft. (13 boxes).
General Note : Continued in Doc 7, 8, 163, 167, 407-410, MSC 19-21, 191.
Summary :

The Thomas H. Canfield Papers, 1842-1932, are made up of Canfield personal and business papers as well as some correspondence and documents concerning the Episcopal Church in Vermont. The majority of the collection is papers representing Canfield's many business interests ranging from his early activity in the mercantile field to his involvement in the railroad industry, particularly the Washington and Rutland Railroad and the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, and finally to his farming and agricultural business in Lake Park, Minnesota.

Biographical or historical data :

Thomas Hawley Canfield was born in 1822 in Arlington, Vermont, one of two children of Mary Ann Hawley and Samuel Canfield. His sister, Maria, was born in 1824. In 1844 he married Elizabeth A. Chittenden, daughter of Eli Chittenden. She died in 1848 and Canfield married Caroline (Carrie) A. Hopkins, daughter of the Rt. Rev. Bishop Hopkins, in 1860. They had five children: Emily, John, Marion, Flora, and Thomas Jr.

Canfield began a mercantile career in Williston, Vermont, in 1844 and continued it in Burlington a few years later. He also worked with various partners and associates to establish telegraph lines, railroads and shipping routes throughout Vermont, New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and eventually in the western United States. He was particularly involved in the Rutland and Washington Railroad and the Northern Pacific Railroad. After 1873 he worked to develop his farm in Lake Park, Minnesota.

Personal Subject : Hopkins, John Henry, 1792-1868.
Corporate Subject : Rutland and Washington Railroad.
Northern Pacific Railroad.
Episcopal Church Vermont.
Chicago Land Co.
Lake Superior and Puget Sound Co.
Jay Cooke & Co.
Troy and Rutland Railroad.
Subject Term : Land companies.
Shipment of goods.
Shipping Lake Champlain.
Railroads Finance.
Railroads Design and construction.
Agriculture Minnesota Lake Park.
Geographic Term : Burlington (Vt.) Commerce.
Williston (Vt.) Commerce.
Lake Park (Minn.) Commerce.
Added Author : Hawley, Fletcher.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.