Biography of Walter Douglas
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WALTER DOUGLAS, General Manager of the Phelps, Dodge & Co. mining interests, was born in Quebec, Canada, December 19, 1870, and is the son of James and Naomi Douglas. Mr. Douglas received his education at Upper Canada, Morrin, and the Royal Military Colleges, all of Canada, and took a post graduate course in the School of Mines of Columbia University, New York. He came to Arizona in 1890, when he became Engineer of the Commercial Mining Co. of Prescott; in 1892 he became associated with the Consolidated Kansas City Smelting & Refining Co. as metallurgist, but in 1894 returned to Arizona and has since been associated with the Phelps, Dodge & Co. interests, of which he was made General Manager in 1910. Being urable to secure proper concessions from the large railroads in the southwest, the interests which he represented, under his direction, built their own lines, the El Paso & Southwestern, the only road of its length that was built without a floating debt. Mr. Douglas is Vice President of this road ; President of the El Paso & Southwestern R. R. of Texas, of the Mexico & Colorado R. R., Second Vice President of the El Paso & Northeastern, and is director in a number of enterprises in Arizona and New Mexico. He is a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the National Geographical Society. He is also a member of the Engineers, Rocky Mountain, Columbia University, and Santa Barbara and Warren District Country Clubs. Mr. Douglas was married in September, 1902, to Miss Edith Bell, of Ottawa, Canada. Their present home is Warren, Arizona, and Santa Barbara, California.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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