John E. Milholland (1860-1925) Newspaper editor, labor negotiator, developer of tubes for mail delivery Last of the Lincoln Republicans Sage of Meadowmount
Short bio of JEM.
John E. Milholland was born in 1860 on the "Meadowmount" property. After a fire that killed his mother and a sister, his father took him back to Derry in Ireland. He became editor of the Ticonderoga paper and then the NY Tribune. He organized Pneumatic Tube Company which built the underground tube system in NY. He sold the NY system to the Boston Company. He then built the system for Philadelphia and got a ten-year contract to carry US Mail. He used the money to improve his Meadowmount estate. He challenged Wilson's postmaster-general on race issues and after Wilson was reelected in 1916, JEM was out. He died in 1925.