Albert Ingalls- Vice President of New York Central Railroad

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Albert Stimson Ingalls
Albert Stimson Ingalls

After graduating from Harvard, Albert Ingalls went to work for his father, who was president of the Big Four railroad. He started dressed in overalls rather than a business suit. Albert worked his way up through the system at the Big Four Railroad. He then joined the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad, and finally the New York Central Railroad, where he eventually became vice president and general manager of operations west of Buffalo, New York.

As his career blossomed, Albert moved to Bratenahl. While there, he directed that trains be forbidden to blow their whistles as they passed through Bratenahl, so as not to disturb the sleep of the residents. He earned some fame as the second man in the Cleveland area to own an automobile.

He was remembered as a hard worker and a quick thinker, a master of English who could clear a desk of correspondence in record time. He became the right-hand man in the midwest for Cornelius Vanderbilt who owned the New York Central Railroad.

Albert Stimson Ingalls Sr. was born on February 27, 1874, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the sone of Melville Ezra and Abbie Stimson Ingalls. His academic training included University School and then to Harvard University, graduating in 1896.

Jane Taft Ingalls
Jane Taft Ingalls

Albert married Jane Sinton Taft on April 12, 1898, in Cincinnati, Ohio, linking two notable Ohio clans. Jane’s maternal grandfather, David Sinton of Cincinnati, had also owned railroads. Her father’s brother was William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States.

Jane was born on September 15, 1874. She became a piano player, poetry writer, and painter of note. One of her paintings won the first prize for portraiture at the 1941 May Show.

Albert and Jane had two children; David Sinton born on January 28, 1899, who was the Navy's only flying ace of World War I, and Albert Simpson Jr. born on November 10, 1901.

In July and August, the Ingalls went to Saratoga, New York, traveling by private railroad car.

Albert was a director of Toledo Terminal Railroad, Lake Erie & Pittsburgh Railroad, Virginia Hot Springs Company, and Columbia Axle Company. Social memberships included Cleveland Athletic, Country, Kirtland, Mayfield, Mid-Day, and Union clubs.

Albert exhibited a democratic spirit and genial personality, plus a mixture of culture, quick-wittedness, broad interests, and robust energy. He died on August 8, 1943, in Hot Springs, Virginia. Jane died on March 30, 1962, and buried alongside Albert in Warm Springs Cemetery in Warm Springs, Virginia.