Saturday, June 20, 2009

John Whittington (1838-1912) – Railroad Executive Killed By Train

Plot 33

John Whittington was born in Pennsylvania and came to California in 1880. He fought at the Battle of Antietem during the Civil War with the 124th Pennsylvania Volunteers.

In Pennsylvania, he served as superintendent of the Pennsylvania and Reading Railroad. Upon his arrival in California he became general superintendent of the Pacific Coast Company in San Francisco, a marine and rail company.

In a strange irony, Whittington a lifelong railroad man, was killed by a train while taking his nightly walk after dinner. Whittington left his home at 1711 Encinal Street in Alameda and was struck by the Alameda Loop electric train. He died minutes after being struck.

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