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George Francis Train
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    (March 24, 1829-January 5, 1904)
    Born in Boston, Massachusetts
    Founding member of the Union Pacific Railway
    Ran for president as an independent candidate (1872)
    Made three around-the-world trips (best time: 60 days in 1892)
    Self-styled as the 'Great American Crank'
    He was a vegetarian.
    He greeted people by shaking his own hand.
    After his unsuccessful presidential bid, he ran for dictator of the US, advocating an invasion of Canada and a new calendar based on his birth date.
    Late in life, he refused to speak to anyone but children and animals.
    He was orphaned at age four when his parents died in a yellow fever epidemic.
    He was a self-made multi-millionaire, earning fortunes in shipping, railroads and real estate.
    He provided financial support for Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton's suffragist newspaper 'The Revolution.'
    His round-the-world trips inspired Jules Verne to create Phileas Fogg.

Credit: C. Fishel

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