The man referred to was William Dudley Chipley of Pensacola, builder of the railroad from Pensacola to Chattahoochee and the Apalachicola river. Chipley was fast becoming one of the leading political figures in the state, and needless to say, he was on the other side of the fence both in local and state politics from the Pensacola Commercial which called him “Major Octopus.”
Williamson, Edmund C.
"W. D. Chipley, West Florida’s Mr. Railroad,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 25
, Article 5.
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