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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