Frederic Delano
Frederic Adrian Delano
Portrait of Frederic Adrian Delano.jpg
Portrait of Frederic Adrian Delano
President of Monon Railroad

Fairfax Harrison
Harry R. Kurrie
Personal details
Born (1863-09-10)September 10, 1863
New York City, New York, US
Died March 28, 1953 (1953-03-29) (aged 89)
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Nationality United States
Relations Sara Ann Delano (sister)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (nephew)
Children 5
Parents Warren Delano Jr.
Catherine Robbins Lyman
Alma mater Harvard University

Frederic Adrian Delano II (September 10, 1863 - March 28, 1953) was an American railroad president.[1]

Early life

Delano was born in Manhattan, New York. He was a member of the Delano family as a son of Warren Delano Jr. and Catherine Robbins Lyman, brother of Sara Ann Delano, and uncle of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

He graduated from Harvard University in 1885.


After his graduation from Harvard, Delano was employed by the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad in various capacities, rising from the position of civil engineer to be general manager at Chicago. For a time he was consulting engineer to the United States War Department in respect to the railroads of the Philippine Islands. In 1905, he became president of the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad, of the Wabash Pittsburgh Terminal Railway, and of the Wabash Railroad. Delano was appointed one of the receivers for the Wabash in 1911, and in 1913, he was elected president of the Monon Railroad (succeeding Fairfax Harrison[2]). He was vice president of the American Unitarian Association in 1907.

His addresses were published under the titles Questions of the Hour (1911) and Are Our Railroads Fairly Treated? (1913). He was also the chairman of the influential National Capital Park and Planning Commission and helped approve and oversee the building of the Pentagon.[3]


His philanthropic work through the Commercial Club of Chicago, which has been said to have strongly impacted his nephew's presidential policies. Delano was Chairman of the Committee on the Regional Plan for New York and Its Environs, which released the regional plan for New York on May 27, 1929. He was also a prime organizer of the Regional Plan for New York and Its Environs, published in 1928.[4]

He was also a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago which affected the development of Chicago in the 19th and 20th centuries. Delano was the first vice-chairman of the Federal Reserve and the National Resources Planning Board.

Personal life

In 1888, Frederic was married to Matilda Anne Peasley (1867-1953). Together, they were the parents of five children, all daughters, including:[1]

  • Catherine Lyman Delano (1889-1951),[5] who married Alexander Galt Grant.
  • Louise Delano (1891-1923), who married Sherwood Alfred Cheney (1873-1949), Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School.
  • Laura Delano (1893-1978), who married James Lawrence Houghteling (1883-1962). His sister Josephine Houghteling was married to financier Frank Gray Griswold.
  • Matilda Delano (1899-1911), who died young.
  • Alice Delano (1903-1904), who died young.

Delano died in Newburgh, New York on March 28, 1953.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Roosevelt Genealogy". Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Monon Railroad Historical and Technical Society (2004-2006). "Presidents, Receivers and Trustees". Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
  4. ^ United States. National Capital Planning Commission; Frederick Gutheim; Antoinette J. Lee (15 November 2006). Worthy of the Nation: Washington, DC, from L'Enfant to the National Capital Planning Commission. JHU Press. pp. 170-. ISBN 978-0-8018-8328-6. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Portrait of Catherine Lyman Delano :: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library". Retrieved 2018.

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Business positions
Preceded by
Fairfax Harrison
President of Monon Railroad
1913 – 1914
Succeeded by
Harry R. Kurrie
Government offices
Preceded by
Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve
August 10, 1914 – August 9, 1916
Succeeded by
Paul M. Warburg

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