J. Edgar Thomson was born in Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania on 10 February 1808 and died in Philadelphia after a series of heart attacks on 27 May 1874. Born into a middle-class family in rural Pennsylvania, Thomson did not do well academically and had little formal education. Through his surveyor father's connections, he began his work life as a rodman. He soon rose quickly within the railroad industry, becoming chief engineer on several construction projects. In 1834 he became chief engineer of the Georgia railroad and embarked upon an ambitious construction programme. That experience served as an important educational experience for Thomson, who honed his managerial and investment skills.
From The Encyclopedia of the History of American Management in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Management and Management Techniques.