Webster Wagner

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Webster Wagner was born in Palatine Bridge, New York back in 1817. He and his brother James ran a wagon-making business until the Panic of 1837. By 1842 the business had folded. He found work for the New York Central Railroad, it was while working for them he invented something, actually two things we’ll get to in a moment.

He served in the New York State Assembly, the New York State Senate from 1872 until his death in 1882. He was killed in a rail accident returning from Albany to New York City.

His home the Webster Wagner House at Palatine Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places.

What you may not know about Webster are the two things he invented one of a sleeping car and luxurious parlor car for the railroads. The Pullman Company filed several law suits to no avail. He also perfected a system of ventilating railroad cars. Of course, on this death his company the Wagner Palace Car Company folded.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Who knew? Keep them coming! Pullman needed competition! Enjoy your day.

Oct 10, 2018 03:45 AM #1
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It's too bad his company died with him. It would have been nice to have a family successor.

Oct 10, 2018 04:48 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Sad ending but his contribution was a success.

Oct 10, 2018 04:58 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I knew nothing of this and it is interesting. TY

Oct 10, 2018 06:05 AM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray imagine riding a train without the proper ventilation.... or the comfort that's provided today!!

Oct 10, 2018 06:40 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I like the idea of a sleeping car, although I have never stayed in one on a train, but for long trips, it would be enjoyed.

Oct 10, 2018 07:12 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I hope you are back home by now, safe and sound.  I love sleeper trains.  They have them in Europe. A

Oct 10, 2018 07:15 AM #7
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Sounds like he would have had more patents if he had lived longer.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 10, 2018 07:39 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - Love those old cars.  Wish I could take a ride in one.

Oct 10, 2018 08:52 AM #9
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

How fun James Dray train travel was all the better for his inventions!

Oct 10, 2018 09:34 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - That is some feat to give Pullman competition!

Oct 10, 2018 11:10 AM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Now that is a very sad story about living one’s life and having your business shut down at the same time as your death. It doesn’t seem fair to all those who work for him, James ...

Oct 10, 2018 02:11 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an interesting man and it is sad that the business closed upon his death. 

Oct 10, 2018 04:52 PM #13
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Hi James,, I had to look up Palatine Bridge and discovered it is located in Montgomery County NY.  Thanks for sharing the life of  Webster Wagner.

Nov 08, 2018 10:15 PM #14
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