“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Samuel Shoemaker House

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By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 7, 2008
1. Samuel Shoemaker House Marker
Inscription. This imposing townhouse, built in 1853, was the home of Samuel Shoemaker, organizer of the Adams Express Company. The company that began in 1840 with one man and a satchel grew into a Goliath in the next few decades, serving every state and Territory in the land and employing 50,000 people. All means of transportation were used - rail, river, wagon and coach - to transport all manner of goods, from bridal flowers to newspapers to gold to corpses. All were "tenderly yet... swiftly transported" to their destinations.

To Shoemaker goes the credit for organziing and extending the express business throughout the South and West. In 1841, he was asked by E.S. Sanford, of Adams Express, to help organize an express line between Philadelphia and Baltimore. A few months later, Shoemaker and Sanford expanded their business to include Richmond and Charleston, South Carolina. In the next decade, the two men extended their lines, under the name of Adams Express Company, throughout the West and South until the extent of their business was great than that of any one line of railroad in the country. In 1854, various express businesses were consolidated into a joint stock company under the name of Addams Express Company. Shoemaker remained one of the principal managers until his death in 1884.
Erected by
Samuel Shoemaker House image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 7, 2008
2. Samuel Shoemaker House
the City of Baltimore, 901 Lt. Partnership, sponsor, and William Donald Schaefer, mayor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
Location. 39° 17.992′ N, 76° 36.845′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of St. Paul Street (Maryland Route 2) and East Read Street on St. Paul Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 St. Paul Street, Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William H. Welch House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Latrobe Building (about 400 feet away); Building High Society: Captains of Commerce (about 500 feet away); St. Ignatius Church (about 600 feet away); The Axe and the Cherry Tree (about 700 feet away); The American Psychoanalytic Association (about 800 feet away); Mount Vernon Place Methodist Church-Asbury House (about 800 feet away); Francis Scott Key (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
More about this marker. The marker includes historic photographs of Shoemaker and the building.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,444 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 7, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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