James W. Maney

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James W. Maney

James W. Maney

“My Irish blood and pioneer training helped make me the successful and influential man I have become. I am in every sense a self-made man, having without financial assistance fought my own way to success.”
James Maney, 1936


James William Maney was born in Pennsylvania and completed his degree at a college in Red Oak, Iowa, before accepting his first position as a civil engineer with the Union Pacific Railway. At the age of twenty two, he went into the contracting business and established the Chicago and Northwest Railroad into the unsettled Black Hills country of South Dakota. When Oklahoma opened for settlement in April of 1889, Maney built the second railroad into the territory and settled near El Reno, Oklahoma, in August of that same year. In 1910 he promoted the building of the El Reno Interurban Electric Line between El Reno and Oklahoma City and purchased controlling interest in the railway between Clinton and western Oklahoma in 1912. Also active in the mill and grain business, he served as president of several milling companies including Weatherford Milling, Canadian Mill and Elevator Company, Enid Milling, and Maney Export.

Fun fact

James Maney was well-known as a civil engineer and “practical” railroad builder and is distinguished as having built only the second railroad into Oklahoma in the late spring of 1889.

Oklahoma connections

Maney settled near El Reno, Oklahoma, in August of 1889.


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