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Gilbert, Rufus Henry 1832-1885 Inventor; born in Guilford, N. Y., Jan. 26, 1832; studied medicine; served as surgeon throughout the Civil War. He is best known through the Gilbert Elevated Railroad Company, which extended from the Battery through Greenwich Street and Ninth Avenue to Thirtieth Street, New York City. This was the first elevated railroad. Soon after the Sixth Avenue railroad was built, and these two were merged into one with the other elevated railroads in New York City, under the title of the Metropolitan Elevated Railroad Company. He died in New York City, July 10, 1885.