Henry Plant: Pioneer Empire Builder
A pioneer on the heroic scale, Henry Plant transformed a vast geographic and commercial territory into something entirely new. Out to sea at twelve, then a shopkeeper and a young executive he rose from promotion to promotion, from success to success. Daringly seizing his own main chance, in the midst of chaos he set out to achieve the altogether spectacular. Over a 20 year period in the post-Civil...
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: The Florida Historical Society Press; Soft Cover Re-Print edition (July 15, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
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War South, this Connecticut Yankee overcame a series of seemingly insurmountable obstacles to emerge the ruler of an empire of railroads, steamships, communication centers, and luxury hotels.And wherever he went, he left behind grateful employees and satisfied customers. From Charleston to Tampa Bay, his financial acumen and trustworthiness produced a corridor of prosperity that extended westward into Georgia, and by sea connected Tampa, Mobile, Key West, and Havana.Until now, however, this mighty empire sprawling, but tightly organized and smoothly run has been a lost chapter in transportation history. This book, the first modern biography of the founder, provides the inside story on the often risky building and consolidation of the ultimately triumphant Plant System.And of its demise as well. The probate of the immense Plant fortune led to one of the first courtroom sensations of the early 20th Century.Kelly Reynolds follows Henry Plant through some of the most exciting days in America s history, when the communication revolution truly began, and when hard-won advances in transportation helped heal a nation torn by bitter division and strife. Henry Plant ~Pioneer Empire Builder~ tells the story of a man who made doing business a daily adventure, and who made his own and everybody s dreams come true.