James J. Hill Biography
(Canadian-American railroad executive, Businessman)
Birthday: September 16, 1838 (Virgo)
Born In: Eramosa Township, Ontario, Upper Canada
James Jerome Hill, a Canadian-American railroad executive and the greatest pioneer in the field of transcontinental railroads, was a visionary who transcended the dreams of a common man and went on to become ‘The Empire Builder.’ It was his relentless hard work and business prowess that led to further railroad development in Northwest America. Born into an impoverished family, he reshaped his own destiny with sheer dedication and foresight. Connecting junctions almost all over North America, it is to his merit that trade and occupations saw a leap in U.S.A. Holding on to his vivid ambition, he climbed up to the helm of America’s transportation business from being the son of a hired peasant. In an interview during his last few years, he was questioned on what led him to rule the railway empire, to which he diligently replied, “Work, hard work, intelligent work, and then more work.” Certainly, nothing came easy for him; he overcame the toughest challenges life could fling at him and yet went on to establish the ‘Great Northern Railroad.’ His life is the perfect example of a journey from obscurity to fame.