Durant Named UP's 1st VP and General Manager
Thomas C. "Doc" Durant was a medical school graduate, but never actually practiced medicine. After working in his uncle’s grain exporting company, he set his sights on other things — specifically speculating in stocks and becoming an avid promoter of expanding the nation’s rail system. He was involved with construction of other railroads, including the Mississippi & Missouri (M & M) Railroad across Iowa. Durant joined Union Pacific hoping to extend several of his own financial interests. He was associated with a number of scandals during and after construction.