W. Thomas White received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1981. His dissertation focused on railroad workers in the Pacific Northwest from the completion of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1883 to the New Deal. He served as curator of the James J. Hill and Louis W. Hill papers at the James J. Hill Library in St. Paul from 1981 to 2007. He has published extensively on business and labor history in the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Metropolitan State University-Minneapolis/St. Paul.
James J. Hill (1838-1916)
James Jerome Hill was one of the United States’ preeminent railroad managers during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As the long-time president of the Great Northern Railroad, Hill tilted with Henry Villard and, later, Edward H. Harriman, to control rail transportation in Oregon and the American northwest. Dominating …