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fior league, board of governors, Beth-Israel hospital;
member Jewish Publication society of Philadelphia, Jew
ish hospital, advisory board of Training School for
Nurses of Jewish Hospital; director Brooklyn Talmud
Torah.

SYLVANUS C. BREYFOGEL,
Bishop of the Evangelical Association,
Was born at Pleasantville, Pa., July 20, i8c;i; son of
Seneca Breyfogel and Sarah (Ely) Brevfogel. He was
educated in the public schools, including; Reading: high
school, Central Pennsylvania college, and also studied at
the Union seminary of Pennsylvania and Illinois Wes-
leyan university, where he was graduated as Ph.B.; and
in. 1801 he received the degree ojf D.D. from Otterbein
university. In 1909 he received the degree of L.L.D.
from the Ohio Northern university. He married, in Read
ing, Pa., May 8, 1877, Kate E. Boas. He was ordained
in the ministry of the Evangelical association in 1879,
filled five pastorates and was elected presiding elder in
1886. In 1891 he was elected as one of the four bishops
of this denomination in America, Europe and Asia, and
he has traveled extensively, to visit distant conferences.
Bishop Breyfogel is author of: Evangelical Landmarks;
The Polity of the Evangelical Association; and Great



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Sermons by Great Preachers. He was formerly editor of
the Preachers Assistant, and he is a member of the pub
lication committee of his denomination. He is the presi
dent of the theological department of Schuvlkill seminary,
Reading, Pa., and of a college and school of theology by
correspondence, patronized extensively throughout the
United States and Canada.

CHARLES W. ANDERSON,

Collector of Internal Revenue,

Was born Oxford, Ohio, of African descent; worked his
way through college while supporting a widowed mother
and two sisters; afterward studied law, but was not admit
ted to bar. Came to New York, took up newsoaper work
and later drifted into politics; for several vears super
visor of racing accounts in connection with the New
York state racing commission; member republican state
committee of New York; was chief clerk, state treasury,
Albany. Member of Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Member National Geographical societv; appointed, 1906,
collector of internal revenue for second district, New
York City and Island of Porto Rico. Active political
worker amonp- voters of his race, and campaign speaker,
and member New York state republican committee.

JOHN MANDT NELSON,

United States Congressman from the Second District of

Wisconsin,

Was born in the town of Burke, Dane county, Wis., Oct.
10, 1870; received a collegiate education, graduating
from the University of Wisconsin in June, 1892; was
elected superintendent of schools in Dane county in 1892
and re-elected in 1894; resigned to accept the position of
bookkeeper in the office of the secretary of state, 1894-
1897; edited The State, 1897-98; correspondent in state
treasury 1898-1902; was graduated from the law depart-



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ment of the University of Wisconsin, 1896; pursued post
graduate studies at the university; is by profession a law
yer; was elected to the fifty-ninth congress to fill a vacan
cy and to the sixtieth congress; was elected to the sixty-
first congress and re-elected to the sixty-second congress
as a republican; and resides in Madison, Wis.

FREDERICK HOBBES ALLEN,

United States Diplomat,

Was born May 30, 1858, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is a
son of the late Hon. Elisha Hunt Allen, the eminent dip
lomat and congressman. He studied in Germany and
Switzerland and under private tutors. In 1880 he grad
uated with the degree of A.B. from Harvard university;
and in 1893 graduated with the degrees of A.M. and LL.
B. from that institution of learning. In 1882 he was sec
retary to the Hawaiian legation and in 1883 was charge
de affaires of the Hawaiian legation. He resigned; and
in 1883 was admitted to the bar. He has been corpora
tion counsel of the village of Pelham Manor; and also
served as president of the village. He is chairman of the
democratic county committee of Westchester county, N.
Y. ; and is the senior member of the law firm of Allen and
Camman of New York City.

PETER APPEL,

Secretary State Dental Board of Wyoming,
Was born Nov. 22, 1881, at Green River, Wyo. He was
educated in the public schools and at the University of
Wyoming; and graduated from the Northwestern Dental
school of Chicago, 111.; and has received the degree of
D.D.S. He is a successful dental surgeon of Wyoming;
is identified with the republican party; and a member of
various associations. He is secretary of the state dental
board of Wyoming; is now serving his second term of
1909-13.



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JOHN JAY WATSON, JR.,

Banker,

Was born Jamestown, R.I., Nov. 12, 1874; son John Jay
and Gertrude T. (Stanhope) Watson; educated public
schools, Rogers high school, etc. ; married Providence, R.
I., Nov. 14, 1900, Eliza Ralph. He is a member of the
firm of Watson and Pressprich, 36 Nassau street, New
York City. Was treasurer and director of United States
Rubber company and president of Rubber Goods Manu
facturing company, and largely interested in the rubber
industry until 1910, when he resigned to take up private
banking. He is a director of Industrial Trust company,
Providence, R.I. Representative town of Jamestown
in Rhode Island, 1899-1904; while in legislature was
member house commission on corporations, and on finance
and several minor committees. Alternate national repub
lican convention, Chicago, 1904. Republican. Member
New England Rubber Club, Rhode Island Historical
society, New England society, Squadron A., N.G.N.Y.,
Royal Arch Mason K. T. ; member state board of chari
ties and correction for Rhode Island for seven years.
Clubs: Union League, Riding, Church, Squadron A.
Clubs, New York: Ardsley club at Ardsley-on-Hudson,
Sleepy Hollow Country club at Scarboro-on-Hudson.

ROBERT D. CAREY,

President State Fair Commission,

Was born Aus;. 12, 1878, in Cheyenne, Wyo. He received
a thorough education; and in 1900 graduated from Yale
college. He is identified with the republican party of
Wyoming; has been chairman of the republican county
central committee; and held various other positions of
trust and honor. He is engaged in the live stock and
ranching business in Wyoming. He is president of the
Wyoming state fair commission; is now serving his second
term of 1909-12.



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ALBERT ULMANN,

Banker and Broker,

Was born July 2, 1861, New York City. Son of Edward
Ulmann andPhilippine Michels. Educated in New York
City public schools. B.S., 1881, College City of New
York. Married Tillie Sulzbacher. Trustee American
Scenic and Historic Preservation society; governor and
one of the founders of The Judaeans. Member Phi Beta
Kappa; New York Historical society; American Histor
ical association; City History club; member Hudson-Ful
ton celebration commission and historian of the Maiden
Lane Historical society. Author: Frederick Struther s
Romance; Chaperoned; A Landmark History of New
York; New York s Historic Sites, Landmarks, Monu
ments, and Tablets; The Story of Maiden Lane.

HENRY TUREMAN ALLEN,

Soldier, Governor and Author,

Was born April 13, 1859, in Sharpsburg, Ky. He attend
ed Georgetown college of Kentucky; and in 1882 grad
uated from the United States military academy. He has
been a cavalry officer; in 1885-86 was engaged in explora
tions in Alaska; 1881-90 was instructor in languages in
the military academy; and in 1890-99 was military attache
in St. Petersburg and Berlin, except while serving in the
Cuban campaign. In 1901 he commanded the forty-third
regiment United States volunteer infantry on the island
of Leyte, of which island he was civil governor. In 1901
he began the organization of the Philippine constabulary;,
and in 1903 was made brigadier-general and chief of con
stabulary. In 1904 he was detailed as military observer
with the Japanese forces. Since 1908 he has been acting
superintendent of the Yellowstone national park, Wyo.
He is the author of Military System of Sweden ; and other
works.



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SILAS E. EVERTS,

Lawyer,

Was born Easton, N.Y., Sept. 17, 1867; son Palmer D.
and Elizabeth (Perry) Everts; educated North Gran-
ville Military academy, 1885; graduate Williams college,
A.B., 1890; University City of New York law school,
LL.B., 1892; married Granville, N.Y., June 10, 1892,
Lucina Woodard; children: Palmer W., born 1894; Mi
riam E., born 1898; Roscoe, born 1902. Special countv
judge of Washington county, director Granville National
bank. Republican, Episcopalian. Member State Bar
association, New York State Historical society, Masonic
order (Granville Chapter, R.A.M., Washington Com-
mandery, No. 33, Saratoga).

BENJAMIN F. BROWN,

State Representative of New Mexico,
Was born Jan. 30, 1880, in Cisco, Texas. He was edu
cated in the public and private schools of Texas, Illinois
and New Mexico. He is a successful merchant and deal
er in real estate of Mosciuero, N.M.; and prominently
identified with the republican party. He is now a mem
ber of the state house of representatives for New Mexico
for the term of 1909-11.

ALFRED W. BELL,

State Representative of West Virginia,
Was born Sept. 5, 1866, in De Kalb, Gilmer county, W.
Va. He was educated in the public schools of his native
state; and in the Glenville state normal school. He has
attained success in the practice of law in West Virginia;
and is a commissioner in chancerv, a commissioner of ac
counts and a notary public. He was mayor of the town of
Henry, W. Va.; was a member of the board of education
of the Henry independent district; and principal of the
Glenville public schools. He has been a member of the



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congressional, senatorial and judiciary committees of the
republican party; and is a member of the Odd Fellows,
Knights of Pythias and other fraternal and patriotic or
ders. He was a state representative in the West Virginia
legislature for the term of 1908-10; is a member of the
committee of the judiciary.

WILLIAM RICHMOND PETERS,

Merchant and Manufacturer,

Was born New York City, 1850; son Thomas McClure
and Alice (Richmond) Peters; educated private schools;
entered Yale in 1870, but was not graduated; married
New York City, 1879, Helen Heiser; children: Isabel,
Alice R., William Richmond, Jr., Thomas M. President
and director Peters, White and company, Peters Realty
company, Phosphate Mining company; director Bank of
America, Mutual Chemical company, State Realty and
Mortgage company. Clubs: Century, Metropolitan,
Down Town, Riding. Residence: City, 33 W. 49th
street; country, Oyster Bay, L.I.

JOHN FLEMING CARSON,

Clergyman,

Was born Philadelphia, Jan. 28, 1860; son William and
Margaret (Fleming) Carson; educated West Philadel
phia Classical institute, University of Pennsylvania, A.B.,
1881; Reformed Presbyterian Theological seminary, Al
legheny, Pa., B.D., 1885 (D.D., 1892, Ursinus college,
LL.D., 1910, Ursinus college) ; married Philadelphia,
Feb. 9, 1886, Bessie McKnight. Ordained pastor Re
formed Presbyterian church, Brooklvn, N.Y., May 20,
1885; entered Presbyterian church, April, 1892, as pas
tor Central Presbyterian church, Brooklyn (church or
ganized 1892^ with 146 members; membership in 1911 is
2,354). Chaplain forty-seventh regiment, N.G.N.Y. Re
publican. Moderator of the general assembly of Pres-



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byterian church, 1911. Director college board of Pres
byterian church; trustee Presbytery of Brooklyn Church
Extension society, Brooklyn, Blind Men s Industrial
home, chairman executive commission Presbyterian
church, Member Pennsylvania society of New York.
Clubs: Union League (Brooklyn), Brooklyn Clerical.

GEORGE C. CALKINS,

State Representative of Iowa,

Was born Oct. 4, 1835, in Schnectadv county, N.Y. He
was educated in the public schools of his native county;
ville academy. In 18^9 he moved to Illinois; there taught
school; and for a few years was engaged in farming and
auctioneering. He was assessor of Whiteside county, 111. ;
and also filled various other local positions. In 1871 he
located in Adams county, Iowa; and has ever since fol
lowed the businesses of auctioneering, farming and stock
raising in that county. He has been town clerk, assessor
and county supervisor for six years, being chairman for
attended Kingsborough academv: and also the Charlottes-
four years. Since 1906 he has been a state representative
in the Iowa legislature from Adams county; is now serv
ing his second term of 1909-11.

B. A. WORTHINGTON,

First Vice-President,

Was born Nov. 20, 1861, at Sacramento, Cal. Educated
in the oublic schools at Sacramento. Entered railway
service Tulv T. 1874, as telegraph messenger Central Pa
cific railroad at Sacramento, Cal., since which he has been
consecutively to 1877, telegraph operator same road; 1877
to 1882, commercial operator Western Union Telegraph
company; 1882 to 1888, chief clerk and secretary to gen
eral master mechanic Southern Pacific company at Sacra
mento; 1888 to July, 1895, chief clerk and secretary to
vice-president and general manager same company at San



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Francisco; July, 1895, to 1898, chief clerk and secretary to
assistant to president same company; 1898 to July, 1901,
in charge of tonnage rating of locomotives same company;
July to October, 1901, superintendent Tucson division at
Tucson, Ariz.; October, 1901, to Aug. 20, 1903, superin
tendent coast division same company at San Francisco;
Aug. 20, 1903, to April i, 1904, assistant to general man
ager same company at San Francisco; April i, 1904, to
Feb. 9, 1905, assistant director of maintenance and opera
tion Harriman lines (Southern Pacific and Union Pacific
systems) at Chicago; Feb. 9 to June i, 1905, vice-presi
dent and general manager Oregon Railroad and Naviga
tion compan^ Tune i, igoc, to date, first vice-president
Wheeling and Lake Erie railroad, Wabash Pittsburg Ter
minal railway and West Side Belt railroad, comprising
the Wabash lines east of Toledo, O. ; Sept. 25, 1905, to
date, also general manager same lines; on June 8, 1908,
he was appointed receiver W. and L. E. R. R. Co. and P.,
W. and L.E. Coal company; same position to date.

WILLIAM B. AHERN,

Solicitor,

Was born in Burlington county, N.J., Nov. 2, 1851. He
was educated in the public schools of Philadelphia, and
engaged in mercantile pursuits until January, 1879, when
he was appointed to a clerkship in the internal revenue
office, leaving this position in August, 1880, to accept the
assistant clerkship of the court of quarter sessions, where
he remained until April, 1881;, when he became one of
the magistrates of the city, having been chosen at the elec
tion in February preceeding for the term of five years.
He was re-elected magistrate in February, 1890, and
served until April, 1895. In May, 1895, he was appointed
clerk of the court of quarter sessions by Governor Has
tings for the unexpired term of Gen. James W. Latta,
and elected for term of three years to the same office in



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November, 1895, retiring therefrom, Dec. 31, 1898, since
which time he has been engaged in mercantile pursuits.
He represented the twelfth ward in the republican city
committee from January, 1878, until August, 1884, and
the thirteenth ward from January, 1886, until 1900; was
president of that body in 1887, and secretary for sixteen
years, and was alternate delegates to the republican na
tional conventions of 1880 and 1888. Address: 2008 Dia
mond street, Philadelphia.

S. C. CARL,

Lawyer and Statesman of Io<wa,

Was born Nov. i, 1870, in What Cheer, Iowa. He was
educated in the public schools; and graduated from the
Iowa City Commercial college. He is a member of the
democratic party; is prominent in the public and busi
ness affairs of his communitv; and has large interests in
real estate and insurance. He is now serving his second
term of 1909-1 1 as a justice of the peace.

DANIEL S. SPENCER,

Railroad Manager,

Was born June 12, 1857, at Salk Lake City, Utah. Edu
cated in the common schools and at Utah university. En
tered railway service 1874 as messenger boy Utah Central
railroad and Utah Southern railroad. These roads later
were absorbed by the Union Pacific and afterwards by the
Oregon Short line, and he has been in continuous service
of those roads and the Oregon Short line to date, as fol
lows: Telegraph operator, station agent, traveling audi
tor, ticket agent at deoot at Salt Lake Citv, ticket agent in
city office same place, train dispatcher of line Ogden to
Frisco, Utah, chief clerk to general agent Salt Lake City,
chief clerk general passenger and ticket office Oregon
Short line, and is now assistant general passenger and
ticket agent same road.



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MILNER SEARGEANT,

Master of Trains, Louisville and Nashville Railroad,
Was born May 7, 1867, at Ashley, 111. Educated at Ash
ley (111.) high school and at Ewing college, 1883 to 1886.
Entered railway service November, 1887, since which he
has been consecutively to date, with Louisville and Nash
ville railroad as follows: To Mav. i88q, watchman at
Mt. Vernon, 111.; May, 1889, to July, 1890, operator same
place; July, 1890, to February, 1891, assistant train dis
patcher at Evansville, Ind. ; February, 1891, to March,
1897, train dispatcher same place; March, 1897, to date,
successively master of trains St. Louis division, Hender
son division and Cumberland Valley division.

HENRY FLOY,

Consulting Engineer,

Was born September, 1866, in Elizabeth, N.J. He was
educated at Wesleyan, Middletown, Conn.; Cornell,
Ithaca, N.Y. Degrees, A. B., A.M., M.E. He was with
the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing company
for six years, 1892-1898, at Pittsburg, Chicago and Min
neapolis. Since 1898 located in New York City, carry
ing on an independent consulting engineer practice. As
consulting engineer has done work in various parts of the
United States, Canada and Mexico, in reporting on, ap
praising and supervising construction of steam and hydro
generating stations, power plants, street railways, and long
distance transmission lines. Installed the first 2^,000 volt
underground transmission in 1900 at St. Paul, Minn.,
which is still in successful operation. Arbitrator in the
Colorado Springs lighting controversy. Member of the
international jury of awards, Louisiana exposition, 1904.
Member of the American Institute of Electrical Engi
neering, American Society of Civil Engineers, American
Electric Railway association, National Electric Light
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Electrical society, etc. Author of "High Tension Under
ground Electric Cables," "Colorado Springs Controver
sy," monographs and contributions to the technical press.

CHESTER L. COLLINS,

Circuit Judge of Michigan,

Was born June 13, 1847, in New Castle, Coshocton coun
ty, Ohio. He was educated in the public schools; attend
ed the Iowa Wesleyan university and graduated from the
literary department of that institution of learning. He
served in the civil war as a member of company A, forty-
seventh regiment Iowa volunteer infantry. In 1869 he
began the practice of law; and soon attained success in
that profession. He is a member of the republican party;
and is prominently identified with the business and public
affairs of his city, county and state. He is a judge of the
circuit court of Michigan; is now serving his first term of
1 906- 1 1 .

JOSIAH H. DORTCH,

Chief of Education, United States Division Indian

Affairs,

Was born Feb. 15, 1858, in Somerville, Tenn. He was
educated in the Southwestern Presbyterian university of
Clarksville, Tenn.; and at Vanderbilt university of Nash
ville, Tenn. He is by profession a lawyer and editor; and
in 1884 was appointed clerk of the circuit court of Fay-
ette county, Tenn. In 1887 he was a member of the Ten
nessee state senate from the thirtieth senatorial district;
and in 1890-94 was county court clerk of Fayette county,
Tenn. While a member of the Tennessee state senate he
introduced and passed the election law bill of that state,
which with only slight modifications, is still on the statute
books. For fifteen years he was editor of the Reporter of
Somerville, Tenn. Since 1895 ne has been chief of educa
tion, division of Indian affairs.



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JOSEPH CANS,

Lawyer,

Son Hynictn Selig and Rose Cans; born in Germany, May
17, 1 88 1 ; came to the United States when three years of
age; educated in public schools of New York City and
New York university, receiving degree of LL.M.; mar
ried New York City, December, 1903, Delia L. London;
children: Hyman Selig, Ralph A. Admitted to the bar
at New York City, 1902, and immediately became mem
ber of the firm of Rieger and Cans, succeeding the firm
of Levy, Lynn and Rieger. Had previously been asso
ciated with Mr. Rieger of that firm for about eight years.
Later the firm was dissolved and he entered into practice
alone and also entered into many real estate corporations.
Member firm of Cans Bros., real estate operators; direc
tor and counsel Nassau Beekman Investing company,
Trist Realty company, Yorkville Jewelry company, Zuck-
erman and Liberman, Inc. Democrat. Hebrew. Mem
ber New York County Lawyers association. Has devot
ed whole time to litigated pracice and to real estate oper
ations and has become associated with many enterprises.

GEORGE D. DARNALL,

Physician and Surgeon of West Union, Iowa,
Was born May 28, 1843, near Paris, Edgar county, 111.
He was educated in the public schools of his native state;
attended the Edgar academy of Paris, 111.,; and in 1872
graduated from the Ohio medical college at Cincinnati.
He has attained success as a practicing surgeon and phy
sician of West Union, Iowa; and for nearly forty years
has continuously followed his profession. He is president
of the board of insane commissioners of Fayette county,
Iowa; is president of the board of education of West
Union, Iowa; is president of the board of pension exam
iners for Fayette county, Iowa; and is also surgeon to the
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad at West Union,



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Iowa. He has been coroner of Fayette county, Iowa; for
fourteen years was a member of the West Union city coun
cil; and president of the Fayette county board of pension
examiners. He was a representative in the twenty-second
general assembly of the Iowa legislature; is now president
of the Fayette county national bank of West Union, Iowa;
and is prominently identified with the business and public
affairs of his city and state.

JOHN ELMER WEEKS,

Physician,

Was born Painesville, O., Aug. 9, 1853; son Seth and
Deborah A. (Blydenburgh) Weeks; educated Paines
ville, O., Corry, Pa., high school; graduate University of
Michigan, M.D., 1881; matriculant University of Ber
lin, Germany, 1884; married New York City, April 29,
1890, Jennie Post Parker; one daughter, Eveline P., born
April n, 1891. Served for five and a half years as in
terne at Alms House and Workhouse hospitals, New
York, New York State Emigrant hospital, New York
Ophthalmic and Aural institute, a semester at University
of Berlin. Now practicing in New York City. Former
chief of clinic, ophthalmic department, Vanderbilt clinic,
College Physicians and Surgeons; lecturer on opthalmol-
ogy, Bellevue Hospital Medical college, and professor
diseases of the eye and ear, Woman s Medical college of
New York infirmary; now professor opthalmology, Uni
versity and Bellevue Hospital Medical college (New
York university) ; surgeon New York Eye and Ear in
firmary. In 1886 discovered and described the micro
organism that produces acute contagious conjunctivitis;
has written many articles and monographs on medical sub
jects, in general and special medical journals and in text
books on diseases of the eye. Author Diseases of the Eye,
a textbook. Director New York Product Exachnge bank.
Republican. Member New York Academy of Medicine,



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State Medical society, County Medical society, American
Medical association, American Ophthalmological soci
ety, Ohio society. Recreations: Golf, fishing, hunting.
Clubs: Union League, Automobile Club of America,
Quill, Montaignais.

JULIAN FRANCIS DETMER,

Merchant,

Was born Cleveland, O. ; son Henry and Josephine
(Kleine) Detmer: educated in nublic schools: married,
1896, Esther M. Downey; children: Esther Marie, born
1898; Eugene, born 1899: Jerome, born 1901. Engaged



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