Edward served on the board of a bank; Hetty invested in U.S. government bonds and railroads.
Chicago was the center of meatpacking, railroads, and mechanized agriculture, the flagships of industrial capitalism.
Don't let the title fool you, the Texas Railroad Commissioner is actually not in charge of the state's railroads.
"to convict quickly and perhaps unjustly," 1873, American English, from railroad (n.).
A person knowing more than might be desirable of the affairs, or perhaps the previous life of some powerful individual, high in authority, might some day ventilate his knowledge, possibly before a court of justice; but if his wisdom is railroaded to State's prison, his evidence becomes harmless. ["Wanderings of a Vagabond," New York, 1873]Related: Railroaded; railroading. An earlier verb sense was "to have a mania for building railroads" (1847).