Charles Tyson Yerkes

Charles Yerkes (1837 - 1905) was a financier who was born in Philadelphia and played a major role in developing the mass-transit systems in Chicago and London. Darrow wrote an article in 1906 titled "The Chicago Traction Question" in which he criticized Yerkes's control of the Chicago streetcars. In his autobiography, Darrow wrote "Mr. Yerkes was a man of iron will, and as bold as any buckaneer who ever sailed the financial seas. He and his family have long been dead, or I might not like to make these very moderate statements of fact. For all sentient organisms feel pain, and I always have tried to avoid causing it." The Story of My Life.