Biography of C. Curtis McCain


McCain, C. Curtice, Buffalo, was born in Minneapolis, Minu., September 18, 1856. He entered the service of the Trunk Line Association in New York, then under charge of Albert Fink, July, 1877, and continued with that association, occupying various positions and latterly chief clerk, in which capacity his association with Mr Fink was very close in all the important matters connected with the statistics, division of traffic and rate questions pertaining to the traffic of the Trunk Lines from the seaboard. Following the formation of the Interstate Commerce Commission, Judge Cooley, then chairman, tendered Mr. McCain the position as auditor, which was accepted in July, 1887. Mr. McCain's work while with the Interstate Commerce Commission brought him into considerable prominence in the railroad world as well as among all students of transportation questions. He has contributed extensively to current literature on transportation and traffic matters, and his books on these subjects are widely known. His work showing the decline in railroad rates prepared for the finance committee of the Senate is regarded as an authority on questions of this character. In the spring of 1895 Mr. McCain was invited to accept the position as commissioner of the Association of Lake Lines, comprising the eight principal steamer lines on the lakes. owning and operating some eighty steamers and carrying the principal traffic of the Great Lakes. This association is closely allied with the eastern railroads and since its inception has proved to be a valuable institution for the maintenance of rates and the orderly conduct of competitive traffic.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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