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Ryder is an older scruffy self-made man that should have a confidence and authority in his voice.
Lincoln is Lincoln as we have heard his likeness from the past. The voice doesn't need to impersonate, but sound like it could be him. 2010-05-11 16:14:28 GMT 2010-05-21 15:00:00 (GMT -06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 0 0 1 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 50 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
Narrator: Sea Captain, adventurer, community leader, financier, and businessman;
Simeon Ryder was all of these and more. He was husband, father and a friend to Abraham Lincoln.
A native of Massachusetts, Ryder settled in Alton in 1834, with $50,000
on his ledger books.
Ryder: I ran away from my home in Cape Cod when I was just a lad of 15 and a few years later became a commander of a fast clipper ship. I remember once we were sailing from New York to Spain with a hundred thousand dollar cargo and my vessel was attacked by pirates. Rumor had it that we were carrying gold, but these sea bandits failed to find any treasure. After twenty years I gave up the sea and established a mercantile business in New York City. But it wasn’t long before the wanderlust hit me again and I headed West.
(SXF Horse and wagons, street noises, 1834)
Narrator: While a citizen of Alton, Simeon Ryder owned a successful freight
forwarding business, was a wholesale liquor dealer, and operated stone
warehouses near the waterfront.
Ryder: I’m proud to say that as a leader and businessman in this fine community, I serve as an officer or director of the Alton Hotel Company, the Alton Shot and Lead Manufacturing Company, the Illinois Exporting Company, and the Alton Marine and Fire Insurance Company. I’m also an agent of the Kenawho Salt Company. Even after the Panic of 1837, I managed to sell a fair amount of real estate.
Narrator: Ryder was a friend of Abraham Lincoln, who represented him several times on a variety of legal issues. In 1840, Lincoln delivered a speech in support of William Henry Harrison on the third floor of the Ryder building.
(SFX Train engine, whistle circa 1850’s)
Lincoln: My friend Simeon Ryder was one of the first men is this area who understood the importance of rail transportation and he became president of the Board of Commissioners of the Alton-Sangamon Railroad Company in 1847 when I signed for two shares of the company stock.
Ryder: Like my friend and business associate, Benjamin Godfrey, I married twice; first to the lovely Esther Nickerson and after her sad passing , I married Ann Eliza Pettit, who survived me. Our beautiful daughter, Selina, married a successful civic leader and merchant, H. B. Bowman.
Narrator: The old sea captain Simeon Ryder died in 1877 and was interred in the Alton Cemetery. The Alton Telegraph eulogized him as a man distinguished for his “ energy, enterprise, business tact, and unconquerable determination that never rested short of success”.
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