TRAIN, George Francis (1829-1904). Author, racist a conman supreme, a fraudster par excellence, a deluded maniac, a feminist, a vegetarian, a communist, a capitalist leech, a pacifist, or the ‘Great American Humbug’ - he was called all the above, and a Lot more. A Democrat, he funded Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s woman’s rights newspaper “The Revolution.” He was an exceptionally wealthy eccentric who stood for the American Presidency. When making stump speeches he spoke mostly about himself and his exploits, often repeated himself, and wandered off the subject. He was also a racist who, when he failed to become President, decided a better option was to become the nation’s dictator. He was one of the most appropriately named mavericks in nineteenth century America. That is because Train made his fortune from building a railway line. He was one of the men behind the Union Pacific, which built the east/west section of the American transcontinental railroad in tripped off America royally in the process. Train was the character/model Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days.
His progressive credentials, however, did not extend as far as advocating equal rights for freed slaves, which became apparent when he sought the Democratic party nomination for the Presidency in 1864, 1868 and 1872.
He circumnavigated the world three times (1829 - 1904).
Towards the end of his life Train used the columns of his newspaper, The Revolution, to defend a campaigner for free love who had been arrested for obscenity. In the process, he was charged with the same offence himself. His lawyers got him off by pleading insanity.
Also, later he only talked to children and passed out dollar bills.
On January 5, 1904, Train died of heart failure and smallpox in New York. At the time of his death, he was living in a cheap lodging house named the Mills Hotel.  He was buried at a small private ceremony at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.Sadly, because of the smallpox, fear of the infectious nature of the disease, led to many of his personal papers being destroyed after his death.
Very scarce autograph sermon signed, one full page, New York April 16, 1870. He writes a very lengthy sermon to John J. Brown, Jr. at Newburg, (N.Y.). He writes: “Certainly with pleasure and permit to request that you will commit the following sermon to memory and teach it to all your friends. Train continues to write eight lengthy lines that should be followed by every human on earth.
TRAIN WRITES: “Don’t Drink, Don’t Smoke, Don’t Chew, Don’t Swear, Don’t Gamble,
Don’t Lie, Don’t Steal, Don’t Deceive, Don’t Tattle, Be Polite,
Be Generous, Be Kind, Be Neat, Study Hard, Play Hard.
Be in Earnest, Be Self-reliant, Be Just and Fear Not,
Read Good Books, Love God, but don’t love God so much
That you have no time to love your fellow-men. Love your
Country and obey the laws. Love Truth, Love Virtue and be
Boldly signed “Sincerely Geo Francis Train.”
Anything by the hand of Train can be considered quite scarce. It appears during his time there was someone forging, usually short four-line quotes written in blue pencil, bearing a poor attempt to copy his writing and signature. This museum piece is in near fine condition................$110.00