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Union Pacific is a premiere railroad transportation company in North America. It was founded in 1862, during the height of 'The American Civil War' by two well-known men, Lewis Metzler Clement and Oliver Ames.
Clement served as President of Union Pacific from 1863 to 1868. Later on, he served in the U.S House of Representatives for Utah Territory after retiring from Union Pacific in 1903. On its own, Union Pacific went bankrupt twice before being reorganized into the Southern Pacific Railroad Company in 1893, then again becoming an independent company when it separated from Southern Pacific ten years later in 1913.
Oliver Ames was responsible for managing finances when Central Pacific merged with Union Pacific in 1869; also serving as President starting 1874, then serving as Director and President of Union Pacific Railroad from 1887 to 1899. Ames was well known for his work in politics, having served as Governor of Massachusetts starting 1880 and also represented the state in both the U.S House of Representatives and U.S Senate until 1895.
Throughout history, Union Pacific has played a key role in the development of the United States. It was one of 'The Big Four' railroads who were responsible for linking together four different railway lines across North America by 1870; completing The First Transcontinental Railroad right before The American Civil War ended (1869).
Today, Union Pacific has expanded into many countries around the world with some being formed through mergers with other railways while others have been established through the building of new railroads. The latest being 'Siemens' in 2015 which is an agreement to construct 9 high-speed railway lines in Saudi Arabia estimated at 1.2 billion dollars.
Today, Union Pacific has grown far beyond its original beginnings, having become a leader in transportation by providing services into many different countries all over the world.