James Frederick Joy, American lawyer, railroad executive. member Michigan Legislature, 1861-1862, floor leader House of Representatives.
Joy, James Frederick was born on December 2, 1810 in Durham, New Hampshire, United States. Son of James and Sarah (Pickering) Joy.
Graduate Dartmouth, 1833, Harvard Law School, 1836.
Admitted to Massachusetts bar, 1836. Counsel general Michigan Central R.R., 1852, Illinois Central R.R., 1853. President Chg. & Aurora Branch R.R., 1853, Central Military Tract R.R., 1856 (merged with Chicago & Aurora Branch R.R., forming Chicago, Burlington & Quincy R.R.).
Purchased Burlington & Missouri River R.R., extended to Council Bluffs on the Missouri River, by 1869. Acquired Hannibal & St. Joseph R.R. (gaining control of Southern Iowa, Northern Missouri). Member Michigan Legislature, 1861-1862, floor leader House of Representatives.
President Michigan Central R.R., 1867. Combined lines for Kansas City, St. Joseph & Council Bluffs R.R., president, 1870-1874. President Detroit Post and Tribune, 1881-1884, Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railroad, 1884-1887.
Member Michigan Legislature, 1861-1862, floor leader House of Representatives.
Married Martha Reed, August 12, 1841. Married second, Mary Bourne, December 12, 1860.