Ames was the son of Oliver Ames, Jr. A powerful Harvard Graduate, he owned a lot of real estate in the Boston area including the Ames Building. He became Treasurer of Oliver Ames & Sons in 1876. He was also President of the Union Pacific Railroad
, and the Governor of Massachusetts (1887-1890). Frederick L. Ames was very powerful in industrial circles, and spent alot of his time and resources with the Home for Incurables, Unitarian Society, Massachusettes School for the Blind, Perkins Institute, McLean Insane Asylum, and the Children's Hospital. He was a leader for 30 years in the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and a willing contributor to the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. In the 1896 Bostonian Society's "Men of Progress,” Frederick L. Ames was described simply as a ``capitalist.'' Already flush from his family's business, Ames Manufacturing, he expanded his fortune by investing in Western railroads. A staunch Republican, Ames was drafted by his party to run for state Senate and was elected in 1872 - completely against his will.
Charles F. Choate was involved with other companies including the Fall River, Warren and Providence Railroad Company as a Director and the Old Colony Railroad Company
as a Director. He was the nephew of Rufus Choate, a leading trial lawyer of his day. Rufus was born in Essex, Massachusetts and was a famous orator and leader of New England bar, a U.S. congressman from Massachusetts (1831-34), and a U.S. Senator (1841-45). Charles' brother was Joseph Hodges Choate. who was a lawyer and diplomat, born in Salem, Massachusetts and Ambassador to United Kingdom (1899-1905) and a delegate to the Hague International Peace Conference (1907). He was in charge of prosecuting the Tweed Ring.
John M. Washburn was also the Treasurer for the Fall River, Warren and Providence Railroad Company, and the Old Colony Railroad Company.
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