Lawrence Hammond, (Atlas Shrugged) Earl of Hammondville Colorado, the nation's only remaining producer of quality cars; an investor in the John Galt Line. He walked away from his auto factory without a word of warning.
“The word that Lawrence Hammond had retired came when least expected, brief and sudden like the single stroke of a bell in a heavy stillness.”
“She knew—once word was received that Lawrence Hammond had retired—that it was useless to wait, to hope and to wonder whether his cousin, his lawyer or a committee of local citizens would reopen the plant. She knew it was time to start cutting the schedules.”