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Jordan Crane
Status: Alive
Occupation: Senator
Marital status: Married
Relationships: Thomas Durant - associate
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by: James D. Hopkin
Season: 1
First episode: "Pilot"
Last episode: "God of Chaos"
Appearances: 6 episodes (see below)

Jordan Crane is a prominent Senator on the railroad appropriations committee and is under the influence of financier Thomas Durant.


Season 1[]

Main article: Season 1

Crane watches entrepreneur Thomas Durant deliver a stirring speech to potential investors about the importance of his continental railroad project and how it will reunite and rebuild the country in the aftermath of war. After the speech, he meets Crane in order to bribe the politician with shares of the newly formed Credit Mobilier, the company that will receive all future government railroad contracts and then subcontracts to Union Pacific Railroad (for whom Durant also works). This allows Durant to "pay [himself] to build a railroad with government subsidies." Crane is dubious and Durant punishes him by reducing the offer to 100 shares. Crane is forced to accept the lower offer. ("Pilot")


Season 1 appearances
"Pilot" "Immoral Mathematics" "A New Birth of Freedom" "Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai" "Bread and Circuses"
"Pride, Pomp and Circumstance" "Revelations" "Derailed" "Timshel" "God of Chaos"