William F. Nast

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William F. Nast
BornWilliam Frederick Nast
(1840-06-14)June 14, 1840
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died 1893
Occupation American attache, railroad executive and inventor
Spouse(s) Esther A. Benoist
Children Louis, Condé, Ethel, and Estelle
Parent(s) William Nast

William Frederick Nast (1840–1893) was an American diplomat and entrepreneur. He was the third president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. [1]

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway company

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, often referred to as the Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

Nast was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 14, 1840, the son of Methodist religious leader William Nast. [2] From 1861 to 1865 he served at the American Consulate in Stuttgart, Germany. [3] Upon his return to the United States, Nast entered the brokerage business in New York, New York.

Cincinnati City in Ohio

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William Nast (1807–1899) was a German-born religious leader and editor. He founded the German Methodist Church of the United States.

On September 2, 1868, Nast became president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, a position he held for less than a month, ending on September 24, 1868.

Also in 1868, he married Esther A. Benoist, [3] a daughter of pioneer St. Louis banker Louis Auguste Benoist. They had four children: Louis, Condé, Ethel, and Estelle.

Louis Auguste Benoist American banker

Louis Auguste Benoist (1803–1867) was a pioneer banker and financier.

While living in Europe, William Nast filed for several invention patents, including one for "improvements in the treatment of stable manure, and in the manufacture of paper" on July 6, 1876, awarded February 22, 1878, [4] and one for "improvements in the manufacture of dextrine, sugar and the like, from cellulose and ligneous materials" on November 4, 1880, [5] and US 374618   "Obtaining ammonia from manure", awarded on December 13, 1887. [6]

He died in 1893, and was buried at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis. [7]

Calvary Cemetery (St. Louis) Roman Catholic cemetery located in St. Louis, Missouri

Calvary Cemetery is a Roman Catholic cemetery located in St. Louis, Missouri and operated by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Founded in 1854, it is the second oldest cemetery in the Archdiocese. Calvary Cemetery contains 470 acres (1.9 km²) of land and more than 300,000 graves, including those of General William Tecumseh Sherman, Dred Scott, Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin, and Auguste Chouteau.


  1. Various dates and other biographical information in this article are drawn from Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography 1887-89.
  2. Wittke (1959), p. 197.
  3. 1 2 "Husband and Wife Reunited". New York Times. October 14, 1890. p. 3.
  4. "(untitled public notices)" (PDF). The London Gazette. February 22, 1878. p. 886.
  5. Commission for Patents (1881), p. 1008.
  6. "U.S. patent 374,618". Google Patent Search. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  7. Wittke (1959), p. 208.

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Business positions
Preceded by
Samuel C. Pomeroy
President of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Succeeded by
Henry C. Lord