William P. Hepburn House – Clarinda, Iowa

WilliamPHepburnHouse.jpgWilliam P. Hepburn House – Clarinda, Iowa although closed to the public, this house has historical significance to the United States.

Willia P. Hepburn was responsible for the Hepburn Act which enacted (on June 29, 1906) the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) the power to set maximum railroad rates and led to the discontinuation of free passes to loyal shippers. In addition, the ICC could view the railroads’ financial records, a task simplified by standardized bookkeeping systems. For any railroad that resisted, the ICC’s conditions would remain in effect until the outcome of litigation said otherwise. By the Hepburn Act, the ICC’s authority was extended to cover bridges, terminals, ferries, sleeping cars, express companies and oil pipelines.

Hepburn lived from November 4, 1833 – February 7, 1916 in Clarinda.

Colonel Hepburn was a U.S. congressman who, as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, negotiated the Panama Canal agreement. Hepburn hosted President Theodore Roosevelt in Clarinda in 1903.

Location: 319 W. Lincoln Clarinda, Iowa 

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