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Arthur James
Date: 1867 - 1941
Remarks: Arthur Curtiss James was the son Daniel Willis James and Ellen (Curtiss) James of, New York. He graduated from Amherst College, and later began work as a railroad executive. Many years later, he became president of the Curtiss Southwestern Company. Mr. James was a director of the Phelps Dodge Corporation. His knowledge of the railroad industy enabled him to become chairman of the Western Pacific Railroad Company. In addition to serving on the boards of many railroad and mining companies. His generous philantropic donations to: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (he served as a trustee), the Metropolitan Opera, the American Geographical Society, and the New York Zoological Society, made him a socially prominent New York. He was a member of the New York Yacht Club and, served as their commodore.