Alexander Majors

Pony-express-riders-020_0Alexander Majors (1814–1900) was an important figure ion the settlement and westward expansion of the United States. Before the Civil war, Majors along with William H. Russell and William B. Wadell formed a freight company (Russell, Majors and Wadell). They delivered mail along with other freight west from St. Joseph and Westport Missouri. They were most famous for founding the Pony Express in St. Joseph. Russell, Majors and Wadell went bankrupt after the Transcontinental Telegraph opened in 1861.

After that, Majors provided rail ties for the crews of the Union Pacific Railroad working on the first transcontinental railroad lines. After the railroad was completed, he continued to haul freight to towns not yet served by the railroad.

In 1858, Alexander Majors lived in Nebraska City, Nebraska and owned 6 slaves. All of these slaves escaped via the Underground Railroad though Iowa. This is known because an Iowan named Josiah Grinnell wrote a letter in 1860 telling about helping these slaves through Iowa.

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