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SOMERVILLE, JAMES ALEXANDER (1867–1939). James Alexander Somerville, railroad manager, son of William and Charlotte (Alexander) Somerville, was born in Carthage, Illinois, on November 25, 1867. He married Mary Wilkinson on June 9, 1896; they became parents of three children. Beginning his railway career at Keokuk, Iowa, in 1887, Somerville rose to be general manager of the Texas and Pacific Railway under the United States Railroad Commission administration in 1917 and again from 1920 to 1924. He was manager of the Fort Worth Belt Railway and the Gulf, Texas and Western and finally the vice president of the Texas and Pacific. He died on July 7, 1939.


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"SOMERVILLE, JAMES ALEXANDER," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.