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odist Eniscopal church for the Mankato district of Min
nesota. He is now president of the Dakota Wesleyan
university at Mitchell, S.D.



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GEORGE MCLAREN BROWN,

European Manager, Canadian Pacific Railway Company,
Was born Hamilton, Ont, Jan. 29, 1866; son of Adam
Brown and Mary Kough; married 1890, Eleanor Gra
ham, daughter of John Crerar, K.C., of Hamilton. Edu
cation, private school at Shrewsbury, England, Hamilton
grammar school, Upper Canada college. Became clerk
in freight department of Northern and Northwestern
railway in Hamilton; employed in G.T.R. system at
Hamilton, 1883-87; became agent of the C.P.R. at Van
couver, 1887; assistant general passenger agent of C.P.R.
for western division, 1892-97; appointed executive agent
of western lines, 1897; transferred to Montreal, 1902, as
superintendent of dining and sleeping car services; ap
pointed general passenger agent of Atlantic Steamship
services, 1901;; general traffic agent (European business)
1908; European manager, 1910. Address: 62-65 Cha
ring Cross, London, S.W., England.

EDWARD MEINEL,

Insurance Manager and Agent,

Was born in Chicago, 111., Jan. 28, 1869; educated in the
Chicago schools. Began insurance experience in 1884 in
the employ of the Board of Underwriters at Chicago, later
connected with the city department of the Northern As
surance company of London at Chicago, as chief clerk
and accountant; later special agent in the west and south
of the Manchester Assurance comnany, 1892-96; special
agent in New York state of the Continental Insurance
company, 1896-98; assistant manager of the United States
branch of the Manchester and assistant secretary Ameri
can Fire Insurance company of New York, 1898-1900;
secretary Eagle Fire company of New York, 1901 ; mem
ber of insurance agency firm of Fred S. James and com
pany of New York City.



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WILLIAM BEACH OLMSTEAD,

Educator and Clergyman,

Was born Feb. 26, 1864, in New York City. In 1887 he
received the degree of A.B. from Trinity college; in 1908
received the honorary degree of A.M. from Yale uni
versity; and in 1910 the honorary degree of L.H.D. from
Trinity college. In 1887-07 he was master of St. Mark s
school at Southboro, Mass.; and since 1807 has been head
master of the Pomfret school at Pomfret, Conn. In 1908
he was ordained deacon and in 1909 was ordained a priest
in the Protestant Episcopal church.

VIVIAN M. LEWIS,

Commissioner of Banking and Insurance of New Jersey.
He received a thorough education, and has filled several
positions of trust and honor. Since 1909 he has been com
missioner of banking and insurance of New Jersey, for
term ending in 1912; and resides in Trenton, N.J.

LEVI GARNER FOUSE,

President of the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Com
pany of Philadelphia,

Was born at Clover Creek, Blair county, Pa., Oct. 21
1850; son of Adam Fouse and Susannah (Garner) Fouse.
He attended Juniata Collegiate institute, 1866; Heidel
berg college, Tiffin, Ohio, 1867, and Mercersburg (P.)
college. He married at Mercersburg, Pa., Jan. 10, 1870,
Mary B. Hause. After special studies in actuarial sci
ence, Mr. Fouse in 1870 entered the life insurance busi
ness in the capacity of solicitor. He organized the Fi
delity Mutual Life Insurance company in 1878 and has
been its president continuously. Mr. Fouse is author of
numerous publications on life insurance, and has served
in a number of companies as constulting actuary. Among
these, the Army Officers association, investigating the
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1896, establishing in an authentic way the record of war
hazards, which have since been consulted and used by
underwriters. He was the first in this country to formu
late a plan adapted to the conditions as they exist in the
United States, based on the actual experience of British
offices, for insuring under-average or imnaired lives. He
is a member of a number of scientific organizations,
through which he has contributed articles of special in
terest with reference to the economic and ethical features
of life insurance.

WILLIAM HENRY O CONNELL,

Clergyman and Archbishop,

Was born Dec. 8, iScQ, in Lowell, Mass. In 1881 he en
tered the North American college of Rome, Italy; and in
1884 was ordained a priest in that city. In 1901 he was
consecrated bishop of Portland, Maine. In 190$ he was
named special papal envoy to the emperor of Japan. In
1906 he was named archbishop of Constance, and coad
jutor to See of Boston. In IQO? he was made archbishop
of Boston; and in 1911 was created cardinal.

SAMUEL STERLING PALMER,

Clergyman,

Was born March 5, 1861. He received a thorough edu
cation in the secular and theological schools. He has
filled several important pastorates; and is now pastor of
the Proad Street Presbyterian church of Columbus, Ohio.

CHARLES C. MUMFORD,

Lawyer and Jurist,

Was born in 1860. He received a thorough education
and has filled numerous positions of trust and honor. In
1905 he was elected associate justice of the state supreme
court of Rhode Island, term for life, but resigned on
March i, 1909; and resides in Providence, R.I.



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ROBERT SHAW OLIVER,

Army Officer,

Was born Sept. 13, 1847, in Boston, Mass. He was edu
cated at Milton and Concord, Mass.; and at Churchill s
Military school at Sing Sing, N.Y. In 1864 he was ap
pointed second lieutenant in the fifth Massachusetts cav-"
airy and in 1866 entered the regular army as second lieu
tenant in the seventeenth regiment United States infan
try. In 1867 he became first lieutenant in the eighth cav
alry; and in 1869-1903 engaged in the business of stove
manufacturing in Albany, N.Y., with Rathbone, Sard and
company. In 1875 he became colonel in the tenth regi
ment New York national guard; in 1880 was brigadier-
general and inspector-general of the third brigade, retir
ing at his own request in 1903 to accept the office of as
sistant secretary of war. In i8qj.-qi; he was civil service
commissionner of the city of Albany; for three years was
police commissioner of the city of Albany, and in 1903
was appointed assistant secretary of war.

MASON S. STONE,

Educator,

He received a thorough education, and has been promi
nently identified with educational matters in Vermont.
In 1892-1900 and since 1905 he has been superintendent
of educatio nfor the state of Vermont; and resides in
Montpelier, Vt.

FRANK LUSK BABBOTT,

Retired Manufacturer,

Was born Waterville, N.Y. ; son Miller and Mary Eliza
beth (Crandall) Babbott; graduate Amherst college, A.
B., 1878, A.M., 1903; Columbia university LL.B., 1880;
married Brooklyn, Feb. 18, 1886, Lydia Richardson
Pratt; children: Mary R., Frank L., Jr., Lydia P.,
Helen L. Director Union Typewriter company, L. I.



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Loan and Trust company. Member Brooklyn board edu
cation, 1895-1902; New York board education, 1902-06
(vice-president 1902-04) ; honorary vice-president Brook
lyn Collegiate institution, Y.W.C.A. of Brooklvn, Brook
lyn Savings bank, Brooklyn public library, Brooklyn
Academy of Music; member board Home Missions Pres
byterian church, general committee Citizens union; trus
tee People s institute. Author: Classic English Odes;
John Donne s Poems. Clubs: Century, Alpha Delta Phi,
University, Montauk, Hamilton (Brooklyn) ; Nassau
Country, Adirondack league. President Packer institute;
trustee for Y.W.C.A., etc., as above; member Union
Theological seminary.

FRANK BAILEY,

Capitalist,

Was born Chatham, N.Y., 1865; son Dr. W. C. and Julia
M. (Utley) Bailey; graduate Union college, A.B., 1885,
Ars.D., 1908; married Brooklyn, July, 1906, Marie Lou
ise Lambert; one daughter, Barbara Bailey, born 1906;
one son, born 1909, Frank, Jr. Vice-president and trus
tee Title Guarantee and Trust companv, Brooklyn; third
vice-president and director Bond and Mortgage Guaran
ty company; president and director Realty Associates;
treasurer and director City Real Estate company; direc
tor Brooklyn Academy Music, Bush Terminal company,
Empire State Surety company, Kings County Electric
Light and Power company, Livingston Realty company,
Nassau National bank, N.Y., Estates of Long Beach. Edi
son Electric Illuminating company; vice-president and
director Long Island Safe Deposit company. Treasurer
Union college, Schenectady, N.Y. ; trustee Polytechnic
institute. Clubs: Brooklyn, Hamilton, Riding and
Driving, Long Island Country, Adirondack league, Tri
ton (Canada), Helena Shooting (N.C.).



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JOHN PORTER LAMBERTON,

Editor and Author,

Was born in Philadelphia, Oct. 22, 1839; son of Robert
and Jan (Porter) Lamberton. He was graduated from
the University of Pennsylvania, as A.B., in 1858, A.M.,
1861. He married in 1874, Melvina Vandyke, daughter
of Charles Vandyke. Mr. Lamberton was a teacher in
Rev. Dr. Faires Classical institute, Philadelphia, 1859-
1870; principal Central institute, Philadelphia, 1870-
1872; classical teacher in other schools in Philadelphia,
1872-1879; since then he has been engaged in literary
work. Assistant in library, University of Pennsylvania;
member of American Academy of Political and Social
Science; associate editor of American Supplement to En-
cvclopedia Britannica, 1881-1890: reviser of Worcester s
Dictionary, 1801-1891;; contributor on American subjects
to Chambers Cvclopaedia and other works of reference.
He is editor and chief writer of Historic Characters and
Famous Events, 1894-1896; Literature of All Ages, 1897-
1899; Literature of the Nineteenth Century, 1900. He
was associate editor of The Drama, 1903; and compiled
a Union list of the Periodicals in the Principal Libraries
of Philadelphia and Its Vicinity (Bulletin of the Free
Library of Philadelphia No. 8) iqo8; and supplement to
the same, 1910; contributor to various periodicals.

L. L. MOSELEY,

Traveling Freight A^ent Illinois Central Railroad,
Was born Aug. 27, 1848, at Clinton, Mass. Educated at
the Mississippi college. Entered service Southern Ex
press company 1864 as messenger on New Orleans, Jack
son and Great Northern railway, in which position he re
mained until 1871; 1871 to 1872, storekeeper Mobile and
Ohio railroad at Macon, Miss.; 1872, out of service; to
October, 1873, bill clerk St. Louis, Iron Mountain and
Southern railway at St. Louis, Mo.; October, 1873, to



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September, 1878, bill clerk Indianapolis and St. Louis
railway at East St. Louis, 111.; September, 1878, to T anu ~
ary, 1888, clerk audit department Illinois Central rail
road at Chicago; 1888 to date, traveling freight agent
same road. 1888 to December, 1910, traveling freight

agent. Retired on pension, December, 1910.

I

RICHARD MARPOLE,

General Executive Assistant, Canadian Pacific Railway,
Was born 1850, in Wales. Served seven and a half years
on British railwavs in construction and traffic depart
ments, and for thirty-nine years on Canadian railways,
since 1881 with the Canadian Pacific railway successively
as contractor, assistant manager of construction, Nipissing
division, superintendent Lake Superior division and su
perintendent Pacific division; Mav, 1897, to March,
1907, general superintendent same division at Vancouver.
March, 1907, to date, general executive assistant for Brit
ish Columbia, with head office at Vancouver; and since
Julv, TO<X, vice-nresident, Esquimalt and Nanaimo rail
way, Vancouver Island.

FLOYD G. TEN BROECK,

Mechanical Engineer,

Was born Elmira, N.Y., Aug. 28, 1872; son William
Russell and Clarissa Louise (Gunn) Ten Broeck; grad
uate grammar and high schools, Elmira, N.Y. ; graduate
Cornell universitv, M.E., specializing in electrical en
gineering; married Elmira, N.Y.. Tan. 16. 180.6, Anna V.
Daniels; children: William D., born i8q6; Delphine
Leta, born 1902; Adria, born 1007. Consulting engineer
and designer of pulp and p^ner mills and industrial
plants; electrical developments, power plants, etc. Mem
ber American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Che-
mung County society of Greater New York. Recreation :
Golf.



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CHARLES I. LANDIS,
Jurist,

Was engaged in the practice of law at Lancaster, Pa., un
til 1899, when he was elected on the Republican ticket to
the office of judge of the court of common pleas for the
second judicial district, comprising the county of Lan
caster, for the term expiring in January, TQIO. Upon the
retirement of Hon. John B. Livingston, he was, on Feb.
13, 1004, commissioned presiding judge. In November,
1009, he was elected without opnosition for a second term
of ten years.

MYRON ELLSWORTH WELLS,

Civil Engineer, Railroad Official,

Was born May ij, 1861, in Hastings, Minn. In 1878-
79 he learned telep;raoh and station work at Cherokee,
Iowa, on the Illinois Central railroad and in 1883 gradu
ated from the Iowa State college of Ames, Iowa; and the
same year was commissioned major of the Iowa national
guard. In 1883-88 he was civil engineer in the Chicago
and Northwestern and Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
railroads; and in IQOI-CM; was p-eneral boiler inspector for
the Chicago, Burlington and Quincv railroad. In 1898
was lieutenant of troop A, in the United States volunteer
cavalry and was a member of the United Spanish War
Veterans. Since 1905 he has been assistant master me
chanic of the Wheeling and Lake Erie railroad: and was
chairman of a monthly meeting of railroad men in Cleve
land, working with the citv officials on reduction of smoke
in that city. He is the author of the second prize oaper
before the Pacific Coast Railway club on Care of Loco
motive Boilers, and is author of several other railway oa-
pers. He is a member of the American Railway Master
Mechanics association and the Master Boilermakers as
sociation.



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GEORGE W. WHEELER,

Lawyer and Jurist,

He received a thorough education, and soon attained a
success at the bar. In 1893-1910 he was judge of the su
perior court of Connecticut; and in 1910 was elected jus
tice of the supreme court of errors of Connecticut for the
term of eight years endine Sept. 8, 1918.

RICHARD P. ROACH,

Treasurer, the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railways

Company of Texas,

Was born March 16, 1870. Educated in public schools.
Entered railway service Feb. i, 1886, as mail distributor
in freight claim deoartment Missouri Pacific railwav,
since which time he has been consecutivelv. August, 1886,
to Oct. 31, 1888, clerk general auditor s office same road:
Nov. i, 1888, to Mav, 1891, clerk general auditor s office
Missouri, Kansas and Texas railwav; Msv, 1891, to lulv
;. 1892, clerk general auditor s office Missouri Pacific
railwav: Tulv 7. 1892, to Oct. 22, 1893, clerk general of
fice Missouri, Kansas and Texas railwav: Oct. 23, 1893,
to Aug. 7. iRor. cashier local treasurer s office same road;
Aug. 7, 1892, to April 4, 1907, treasurer in Kansas same
road; April 3, 1907, to date, treasurer the Missouri, Kan
sas and Texas Railway comoany of Texas.

EUGENE V. BREWSTER,

Lawyer, Managing Editor "The Motion Picture Story

Magazine; Editor "The Caldron Magazine,"
Was born Bavshore, L.I., N.Y., Sept. 7, 1869; son Henry
D. and Clotilda Theresa (Smith) Brewster; descendant
of Elder Brewster, of the Mayflower; educated public
schools at Bayshore; Centenary Collegiate institute, Has-
kettstown, N.J., three years; Pennington seminary, one
year; Princeton university; married May 10, 1893, Emi-
lie C. Churbuck; children: Ruth, born 1895; Raphael,



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born 1897; Marie Theresa, born 1900. Writer on eco
nomic subjects in newspapers and magazines, and for one
vear edited legal column in Brooklyn Eagle. Interested
in art, music, photography, and economics; also lecturer
and public sneaker. Author: What to Do With the
Trusts; etc. Independent Democrat; one of Bryan s ear
liest friends and supporters. President Allied Art associ
ation, and Brooklyn Grand Opera company, member Na
tional Geographical society, American Forestry associa
tion, and Municipal Art societv. Has painted pictures
for exhibition and has some musical talent. Nominated
by two labor parties for attornev-p-eneral in 1900, but de
clined nomination. Club: National Arts.

CHARLES SPRAGUE SARGENT,

Professor of Arboriculture and Director of the Arnold

Arboretum, Harvard University.

Was born on April 24, 184.1, in Boston, Mass., and was
graduated from Harvard university in 1862. He was
chairman of the commission for the preservation of the
Adirondack forests and chairman of the committee of the
National academy to report on a scheme of forest manage
ment for the United States. From 1887-07 he was editor
of Garden and Forest. He is the author of volume IX.
of the Final Reports of the Tenth Census of the United
States, being a report on the forests of the country, of the
woods of the United States, of the silva of North Ameri
ca, of a Manual of the Trees of North America, of Trees
and Shrubs, and other works. He received the degree of
LL.D. from Harvard, and is a member of the National
Academy of Science, of the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences, of the American Philosophical society, and
of many foreign academies and societies. He resides in
Brookline, Mass.



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JOHN E. KENDRICK,

Manufacturer and Statesman,

Was born June 17, 1854, in Providence, R.I. He was ed
ucated at Providence and at Wesleyan university of Mid-
dletown, Conn. In 1874 he entered the employ of the
Kendrick Loom Harness company, Providence, R. I.,
which later consolidated under the name of the American
Supply companv. of which he is now president. He was
a member of the first lieht infantry of Providence; in 1890
was a member of the Rhode Island state legislature; and
for fifteen years a member and nine years president of the
Providence city council; and for eighteen years has been a
member of the state board of education. He served as
United States marshal under Presidents McKinley and

Roosevelt.



JAMES BRYAN WHITFIELD,

Lawyer and Jurist,

Was born Nov. 8, 1860, in Wayne countv, N.C. He was
educated at the West Florida seminary and the University
of Virginia. In 1886 he was admitted to the bar; and
in 1888 was annointed private secretary to Governor Per
ry of Florida. In 1888-89 he was county judge of Leon
county, Fla. ; in 1889-97 was clerk of the supreme court
of Florida; in 1897-1902 was state treasurer of Florida;
and in 1903-04 was attorney-general of Florida. Since
1905 he has been chief justice of the state supreme court
of Florida, and resides in Tallahassee, Fla.

HENRY ADSIT BULL,

Lawyer,

Was born Buffalo, N.Y., 1873; son Henry and Fanny
(Adsit) Bull; educated public and private schools, Buf
falo; Harvard university, A.B., 189^; University of Buf
falo, LL.B., 1898; married BufTalo/N.Y., 1901, Cornelia
Rumsey, daughter Ansley Wilcox; children: Katherine,



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born 1902; Henry Adsit, Jr., born 1901;; Marian, born
1906. In 1898 began practice in Buffalo; member firm
of Wilcox and Bull since May i, 1903. Lecturer in Buf
falo Law school, 1902-04. Member board of councilmen
of Buffalo, 1908-1911. Republican district and general
committeeman, 1899-1008. Entered sixty-fifth regiment,
N.G., N.Y., as second lieutenant comronv A, December,
1895; captain, December, 1806; in United States volun
teers, 1808; full and honorable discharge, IQOI. Direc
tor First National bank of Hornell, N.Y. Episcopalian.
Trustee Law library of eighth judicial district, 1903-1907.
Associate counsel for state commission which investigated
the national guard, 1907-8 (Wainwright commission).
Active in politics as a progressive Republican; also in
Y.M.C.A. work, especially with boys, and in Laymen s
Missionary movement. Clubs: Saturn, University, Park,
Ellicott.

TAMES G. PORTER,

General Manager Woodstock Railroad,
Was born Oct. 2, 1841, at Hartford, Vt. Entered rail
way service Aug. i, 1867, since which he has been con
secutively to Tulv. 1871;, station agent Central Vermont
railroad at Woodstock station, Hartford, Vt. ; Oct. i,
187^, to Sept. n;, 1899, superintendent Woodstock rail
road; Jan. i, 1 88 1, to date, treasurer same road; Sept. 1$,
1899, to date, general manager, general freight and ticket
agent and purchasing agent same road.

RODNEY AUGUSTUS MERCUR,

Lawyer,

Was born Sept. 29, 1851, at Towanda, Pa., where he has
always resided; eldest son of Chief Justice Ulysses and
Sarah Simpson (Davis) Mercur. He was educated at
the Hopkins grammar school, New Haven, Conn.; Phil
lips academy, Exeter, N.H., and Harvard university. He



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married June 12, 1879, Marv, daughter of James M. and
Louise (Overton) Ward. Mr. Mercur studied law and
was admitted to the Bradford county bar, 1871;; United
States circuit and district court, 1876, suoreme court of
Pennsylvania, 1878; and supreme court of the United
States, 1901;, and has since been entered in active prac
tice. From 1877 to 1870 he was a register in bankruptcy
for the western district of Pennsvlvania. He is a senior
warden Christ s church, and chancellor of the diocese
of Bethlehem, Pennsvlvania, and was a lav deputv
to the general conventions of the Protestant Episcopal
church in 1886, 1880, 1802, i8oc- 1808, 1007 and IQIO.
He is a renublican in politics. He is a director of the
Towanda Gas company, and president of the Towanda
Cemeterv association; trustee of Robert Parker hosoital,
Savre, Pa.: member of the Societv of Colonial Wars,
Pennsvlvania Societv of the Sons of the Revolution, the
Societv of the War of iqi2. American Historical societv,
Bradford Countv Historical societv, Tiorra Point Histor
ical societv, National Geographic societv, American Bar
association, the Pennsvlvania State Bar association, of
which he was a charter member, and the Bradford Countv
Bar association, of which he is the president, and he is a
member of the Union League club of Pihladelphia.

"^" T T T - v-, -

IRVIN W. AYRES,
Educator, Librarian and Lawyer,

Was born in 1880, in California. He received a thorough
education, and received the degree of M.A. from the
University of Virginia. He is a member of the Califor
nia bar; and in 1903-01; was librarian and instructor of
Dublic speaking in the University of Nevada. Since 1907
he has been in New York City, representing family and
other interests in important financial negotiations.



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NATHAN TROWBRIDGE PULSIFER,

Manufacturer,

Was born Newton, Mass., Oct. 27, 1851; son Charles S.
and Eliza W. (Trowb ridge) Pulsifer; educated Newton
public schools; married New York City, Oct. 13, 1880,
Almira Houghton Valentine, daughter Lawson Valen
tine; children: Lawson Valentine, Harold Trowbridge.
He is president and director Valentine and company; di
rector The Outlook company; treasurer and director of
the Kaolin company, Connecticut; director American
Writing Paper company; president the Outlook company;
director Exter Manufacturing company; director Hough-
ton Mifflin company. Republican. Clubs: New York
Athletic, Suburban Riding and Driving, Automobile of
America, Hardware, Dyker Meadow Golf, Storm King
Golf, Ponfret Field.

JOSEPH A. STORCH,

Brigadier-General Nebraska National Guard, Com-. .

manding First Brigade,

He is also treasurer of the National Guard association of
the United States. He is identified with the business and
public affairs of Fullerton, Neb.; and has filled numerous
positions of trust and honor.

MILTON J. GORDON,

Lawyer,

Was born New York City, Jan. 3, 1882; son Harris and
Sara (Cossak) Gordon; graduate New York university,
L.L.B.; married Antoinette Koscherak on Aug. 22, 1910;
son S. Byron Gordon. Real estate and corporation law
yer; represents many leading corporations and real estate
interests and recognized as an authority in bankruptcy
law. The district attorney of New York county, recog
nizing his ability in the handling of bankruptcy cases, re
tained him to assist in criminal prosecution of Charles



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Kanter, prominent merchant in New York City, charged
and convicted of obtaining merchandise on a raise state
ment of his financial resources, which conviction was the
first had in New York county on such a charge. Retained
at different times as counsel in famous cases involving
bankruptcy and real estate questions. President Lamont
Realty company; vice-president Long Island Mortgage
company; director Cortelyou Realty company, Home
Contracting company. One of the banking firm of M.
T. Gordon and company. Member advisory board, Young
Women s Hebrew association, board of directors, Monte-



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