JAMES DONALD CAMERON was the eldest son of Simon Cameron, and also attained a high rank among American statesmen.
He was born at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, May 14, 1833, and received an excellent education, graduating at: Princeton
College in 1852. He rapidly developed into one of the most able and successful business men of the country and
was largely interested in and identified with the development of the coal, iron, lumber and manufacturing interests
of his native state. He served as cashier and afterward president of the Middletown bank, and in 1861 was made
vice president, and in 1863 president of the Northern Central railroad, holding this position until 1874, when
he resigned and was succeeded by Thomas A. Scott, This road was of great service to the government during the war
as a means of communication between Pennsylvania and the national capital, via Baltimore. Mr. Cameron also took
an active part in political affairs, always as a Republican. In May, 1876, he was appointed secretary of war in
President Grant's cabinet, and in 1877 succeeded his father in the United States senate. He was re elected in 1885,
and again in 1891, serving until 1896, and was recognized as one of the most prominent and influential members
of that body.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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