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Lot 301: Letter To M. E. Ingalls Railroad Giant
29 October 2016
Wells, ME, USA
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Description: Offered here is a letter written by Lewis Seasongood to Melville Ezra Ingalls (18421914) the Massachusetts state legislator who went on to become president of the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (the Big Four Railroad). Ingalls also organized the Joint Traffic Association, which was shut down by the United States Supreme Court and co-founded the Cincinnati Technical School. Melville financed the construction of the Ingalls Building in Cincinnati, which was the world's first reinforced concrete skyscraper in 1903. The town of Ingalls, Indiana is named in his honor. This letter, dated Cincinnati, 1881, 1-1/2 pages, approx. 6 x 9-1/4 in., was written by LEWIS SEASONGOOD, merchant and banker, Cincinnati, Ohio, born in Burgkunstadt, Bavaria, Aug. 3, 1836, son of the late Emanuel Seasongood. His father was a manufacturer of cotton and wool. In 1851, three years after Emanuel's death, Lewis came to America, settled in Cincinnati, attended St. Xavier's college there for two years, and then went into his uncle's cloth and clothing store of Heidelbach, Seasongood & Co. In 1858, an interest was given him and in 1860 a partnership. J. & L. Seasongood & Co. succeeded in 1869, composed of Jacob, Lewis and Alfred Seasongood, and Elias Moch. Since 1887, Lewis has been senior partner. Banking was undertaken as an additional enterprise in 1870, the name of the bank now being Seasongood & Mayer. The subject of this sketch has promoted all the charities of the Hebrew race, and served as Commissioner to the Vienna Exposition in 1873. He was one of the originators of The Southern Railroad, and has been an officer in a dozen local lighting and other corporations. He has also been Quartermaster and Commissary General of Ohio. His wife, whom he married in 1861, is his cousin, Emma, daughter of Jacob Seasongood. They have a large family and are highly respected in Cincinnati. Seasongood has marked the letter PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL. The letter is in preparation for an important meeting where there will be voting. VG.
Condition Report: VG