Who was president of SAL in 1925?

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Who was president of SAL in 1925 and where can I find out more about him?

-- Bobbi Kidder (bkidder@rogue.cc.or.us), September 20, 2001


A good bit of information on Warfield, including several photos of him, is available in the Society's book, "Orange Blossom Special." The focus is on his role in SAL's expansion in the 1920s and his push to establish the OBS. The newest issue of Lines South (3rd quarter 2001) has an article on "Seaboard's Fort Myers-Naples Extension" that describes Warfield's role in building that trackage; it also has a photo of him.

-- Larry Goolsby (LGoolsby@aphsa.org), September 21, 2001.

Solomon Davies Warfield was born in Maryland in 1859. During the 1880's, he established the Warfield Manufacturing Company in Baltimore to manufacture corn cutters and silkers invented by him. He was Postmaster of Baltimore from 1894 to 1905. In 1898 he became associated with John Skelton Williams and assisted in the formation ofthe Seaboard Air Line Railway Company in 1900.He was Chairman of Receivers for this company in 1908-09. Following the receivership, he was Chairman of the Executive Committee and finally President of the SAL and its affiliated Baltimore Steam Packet Company from 1918 until his death in 1927.

His niece, Wallis Warfield, was reared in his home in Balitmore and later became the Duchess of Windsor after King Edward VIII abdicated his throne for, in his words, "the woman I love."

-- Robert H. Hanson (RHanson669@aol.com), September 21, 2001.

The chairman of the board and president of the Seaboard Air Line R.R. in 1925 was S. Davies Warfield who had his office in the Continental Building in Baltimore, Maryland.

-- Tom Underwood (tlunder@attglobal.net), September 21, 2001.

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