Farquhar, Percival, 1864-1953

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1864
Death 1953
Portuguese, English

Biographical notes:

American engineer.

From the description of Percival Farquhar papers, 1922-1928. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754868908

Percival Farquhar was born in York, Pennsylvania on October 19, 1864. He graduated from Sheffield Scientific School in 1884 and joined his father's New York based export company, which shipped machinery to Latin America. In 1885, Farquhar studied law briefly at Columbia Law School. After serving as an assemblyman in the New York state legislature from 1890 to 1892, he joined a friend's company developing electric railroads and real estate in New Jersey. In 1898, Farquhar began a long career of financial operations in Latin America to modernize tramways. From 1907 to 1914, he directed his attention and resources to the improvement of the ports and railroads of Brazil, in particular, the Madeira-Mamoré Railway and the Port of Para. He also established the Brazil Railway Company. From 1919 to 1941, Farquhar managed the Itabira project, designed to revive the Itabira Iron Ore Company and to build a railway to a new port near Vitória. Thwarted by nationalistic opposition and financial losses, the Itabira project did not succeed in his lifetime. Farquhar died in New York City on August 4, 1953.

From the guide to the Percival Farquhar papers, 1893-1967, 1919-1945, (Manuscripts and Archives)

Percival Farquhar was born in York, Pennsylvania on October 19, 1864. He graduated from Sheffield Scientific School in 1884 and joined his father's New York based export company, which shipped machinery to Latin America. In 1885, Farquhar studied law briefly at Columbia Law School. After serving as an assemblyman in the New York state legislature from 1890 to 1892, he joined a friend's company developing electric railroads and real estate in New Jersey. In 1898, Farquhar began a long career of financial operations in Latin America to modernize tramways. From 1907 to 1914, he directed his attention and resources to the improvement of the ports and railroads of Brazil, in particular, the Madeira-Mamoré Railway and the Port of Para. He also established the Brazil Railway Company. From 1919 to 1941, Farquhar managed the Itabira project, designed to revive the Itabira Iron Ore Company and to build a railway to a new port near Vitória. Thwarted by nationalistic opposition and financial losses, the Itabira project did not succeed in his lifetime. Farquhar died in New York City on August 4, 1953.

From the description of Percival Farquhar papers, 1893-1967 (inclusive), 1919-1948 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702169124

Biographical/Historical Note

American engineer.

From the guide to the Percival Farquhar papers, 1922-1928, (Hoover Institution Archives)

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Subjects:

  • Engineering
  • American
  • Coal mines and mining Soviet Union
  • Industry
  • Americans Soviet Union
  • Coal mines and mining
  • Engineering Soviet Union
  • Railroads Soviet Union
  • Railroads

Occupations:

  • Capitalists and financiers
  • Engineers

Places:

  • Brazil (as recorded)
  • Soviet Union Industries. (as recorded)
  • Soviet Union Economic conditions 1917-1945. (as recorded)
  • Kryvyĭ Rih (Ukraine) (as recorded)
  • South America (as recorded)
  • Soviet Union (as recorded)
  • Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine) (as recorded)
  • Donets Basin (Ukraine and Russia) (as recorded)
  • Latin America (as recorded)
  • Donets Basin. (as recorded)