Joy, James F. (James Frederick), 1810-1896

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James F. Joy was born in Durham, New Hampshire in December 1810. He was a teacher in a country school before entering Harvard Law School. Joy was an instructor of Latin at Dartmouth College. He came to Detroit in 1836 and was admitted to the Michigan Bar one year later. For many years, beginning in 1837, he was a law partner of George F. Porter, in the firm Joy & Porter. Joy presently became involved in banking matters, and, in about the 1840s, in railroad activities, which were to dominate his career until its end. He developed a marked talent for financial and executive enterprises and became one of the great railroad builders of his century. The papers shed light upon his connections with scores of railroads and with the multifarious legal, real estate, monetary and industrial aspects of their promotion and upon political activities designed to promote or influence railroad construction and consolidation. Joy bore a major role in pushing the Michigan Central Railroad west from Kalamazoo to Chicago, and he was associated more or less importantly with dozens of railroad promotions in both the United States and Canada. He served as counsel of the Michigan Central Railroad in 1846, becoming president of it in 1865. Before his retirement in 1877, Joy was active in building several other lines. He died in Detroit on September 24, 1896. The papers in this vast collection are chiefly legal and business, and there is comparatively little personal material. Joy was a pronounced anti-slavery man, and some of the earlier papers pertain to the Cassopolis fugitive slave case of the early 1850s.

From the description of James F. Joy papers, 1830-1902. (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 55791984

Detroit, Michigan attorney, railroad magnate, and regent of University of Michigan.

From the description of James F. Joy papers, 1834-1900. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34423375

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn McConkey, M. C. M.C. McConkey manuscript biography, undated. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Henry B. Joy Historical Research Records, ca. 1812-1937 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Henry Howland Crapo Papers, 1830-1920 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Chandler, Zachariah, 1813-1879. Autograph letter signed : Detroit, to [Abraham Lincoln], [Washington, D.C.,], 1861 Apr. 22. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Jacob Butler Varnum papers, Varnum, Jacob Butler papers, 1811-1888, 1811-1833 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Chandler, Zachariah, 1813-1879. Zachariah Chandler papers, 1846-1899. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Isaac Newton Demmon papers, 1858-1920 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Joy, James F. (James Frederick), 1810-1896. James F. Joy papers, 1830-1902. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn John Dean Caton Papers, 1826-1947, (bulk 1826-1895) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Henry Bourne Joy Papers, 1883-1937 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn University of Michigan Board of Regents Portrait Collection, ca. 1860-ca. 1970 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Varnum, Jacob Butler, 1788-1874. Jacob Butler Varnum papers, 1811-1888, bulk 1811-1833. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Beal, Rice Aner, 1823-1883. Rice Aner Beal papers, 1843-1883. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Caton, John Dean, 1812-1895. John Dean Caton papers, 1826-1947 (bulk 1826-1895). Library of Congress
referencedIn George, Enos, 1781-1859. Papers. 1821-1842. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Henry B. Joy Historical Research (Organization). Henry B. Joy Historical Research records, ca. 1812-1937. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn McConkey, M. C. Manuscript biography, undated. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Rice Aner Beal papers, 1843-1883 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Bates, George C. Letter : Detroit, to [Abraham Lincoln], n.p., 1861 Apr. 10. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Russell, William Goodwin, 1821-1896. Legal papers in the case of Burnham v. the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Company, 1878. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Michigan Central Railroad Company records, 1837-1921 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Detroit and Bay City Railroad Company. Detroit and Bay City Railroad records, 1871-1874. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Joy, Henry Bourne, 1864-1936. Henry Bourne Joy papers, 1883-1937. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Caton, John Dean, 1812-1895. John Dean Caton papers, 1826-1947 (bulk 1826-1895). Library of Congress
creatorOf Demmon, Isaac N. (Isaac Newton), 1842-1920. Isaac Newton Demmon papers, 1858-1920. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Michigan Central Railroad Company. Michigan Central Railroad Company records, 1837-1921. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn James B. Angell Papers, 1845-1916 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Joy, Henry Bourne, 1864-1936. Henry Bourne Joy papers, 1883-1937. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Joy, James Frederick, 1810-1896. James F. Joy papers, 1834-1900. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Detroit Post and Tribune Company. Detroit Post and Tribune Company records, 1861-1886. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
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associatedWith Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916 person
associatedWith Bates, George C. person
associatedWith Beal, Rice Aner, 1823-1883. person
associatedWith Caton, John Dean, 1812-1895. person
correspondedWith Chandler, Zachariah, 1813-1879 person
associatedWith Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Crapo, Henry Howland, 1804-1869 person
associatedWith Demmon, Isaac N. (Isaac Newton), 1842-1920. person
correspondedWith Detroit and Bay City Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Detroit Post and Tribune Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Fillmore, Millard, 1800-1874. person
associatedWith George, Enos, 1781-1859. person
associatedWith Henry B. Joy Historical Research (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Illinois Central Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Joy, Henry Bourne, 1864-1936. person
associatedWith Ledyard, Henry, 1812-1880. person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. person
associatedWith McConkey, M. C. person
associatedWith Michigan Central Railroad Company corporateBody
associatedWith Russell, William Goodwin, 1821-1896. person
associatedWith Story, Joseph, 1779-1845. person
associatedWith University of Michigan Board of Regents portrait collection corporateBody
associatedWith Varnum, Jacob Butler, 1788-1874. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Michigan--Detroit
Cassopolis (Mich.)
United States
Detroit (Mich.)
Michigan
Subject
Financial crises--19th century
Railroads--History
Lawyers
Railroads--Design and construction--History
Railroads
Fugitive slaves
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Birth 1810-12-02

Death 1896-09-24

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