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James J Hill was a self-made millionaire through hard work and determination he came back from losing an eye to becoming the Railroad Tycoon Hill went through many professions and dreams but it was the railroad and his family that stole his heart forever Among other things Hill wanted to be a doctor a steamboat officer and of course a Railroad Tycoon However what set him apart from the crown was his ability to do what all others had failed to build a population around a railroad and not a railroad around the population James J Hill was born on September 16 1838 in Rockwood Ontario When he was very young Hill was shot in the eye with an arrow leaving him permanently blind in one eye James J Hill then moved to St Paul at the age of 18 determined to be a trapper but he soon became fond of the city and decided to start a steamboat company James J Hill then went on to marry Mary Theresa Mehegan together they had 10 children of which 1 died at infancy They had 3 boys leaving 7 girls James J Hill died in St Paul MN on May 29 1916 at the age of 77 years old The death of James J Hills father interrupted his early education but later he returned to school at Rockwood Academy who gave him free tuition Between the time his father died and the time he returned to school he was working to help support his struggling family as a clerk at the age of 14 James J Hills first job was as a clerk this taught him how to use and invest money to make the greatest profits He then went on to work as an agent for the St Paul and Pacific Railroad Here he realized that the wood that they were using for fuel was not as efficient as coal So he and other set
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