Wednesday, February 16, 2011
This is another view of the Edgar Thomson Works. While we were driving around, Mr. PDP asked me if I knew who Edgar Thomson was. I said I'd always assumed he was a steel magnate, but he said that in fact Thomson was a railroad executive who U.S. Steel hoped would invest in their business, and that naming the plant after him was supposed to flatter him enough to buy. This isn't in Thomson's Wikipedia article, but it does say that Andrew Carnegie was a great "admirer" of Thomson and wanted to honor him with the name, which might mean the same thing.
Posted by JS at 9:03 AM