Edward H. Harriman (1848-1909)

In a letter, President Theodore Roosevelt said Harriman was "at least as undesirable a citizen as Debs, or Moyer, or Haywood." Labor seized on this incident, condemning Roosevelt for publicly criticizing two men on trial who would be executed if convicted. Harriman was one of the most powerful railroad executives in the country. At his death, he controlled several railroads: the Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Saint Joseph and Grand Island, Illinois Central, Central of Georgia, Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and the Wells Fargo Express.