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1961 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Walter J. Tuohy*

Chesapeake and Ohio Railway

"The good things in life don't always come easily."

Walter Tuohy left school at the age of 16 and took a job as a clerk in the freight house of the Illinois Central Railroad. Two years later, he enrolled in night classes at DePaul University and received his degree after six years. While attending night school, he became office manager for a small Chicago manufacturing concern. When the factory burned, Tuohy took a job with the Pennsylvania Railroad as secretary to the district passenger agent. Later, he went to work for the Wisconsin Lime and Cement Company. Meanwhile, he enrolled in DePauw University Law School, returning once more to the work-by-day, study-by-night routine. After Wisconsin Lime merged with Consumers Company, Tuohy became assistant to the vice president of consumers. In 1939, he became president of Globe Coal Company. After four years, he moved to Cleveland to become vice president in charge of coal traffic and development. In 1948, he was elected president of C&O. Later, he directed the affiliation of the C&O and the Baltimore and Ohio, the nation's first railroad.

* Deceased