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since 1886 in wholesale woolen business as president Det
mer Woolen company, the headquarters of which are in
New York City.


Hancock County Auditor, of Iowa,
Was born July i/t, 1840. in Delaware. He was educated
in the district schools; has been identified with various
mercantile and other businesses: and is nrominentlv iden
tified with the business and public affairs of Garner, Iowa.
He is identified with the republican partv; and is now
serving his second term of 1910-22 as county auditor of
Hancock countv.



Was born U.S.A., 1877. Pupil of Arthur Kortheuer,
Horatio Parker and C. M. Widor (Paris). Yale univer
sity, B.A., 1900; Mus. Bach., 1903. F.A.G.O., 1907.
Member, National Institute of Arts and Letters. Winner
of one of the Paderewski prizes, 1909. Assistant profes
sor of the theory of Music, Yale university. Organist
Center church, New Haven, Conn. F. organist West
minster Presbyterian church, Toledo, O., 189/5; organist


Trinity church, Toledo, 1897; organist Center church,
New Haven, Conn., 1897-1901; organist church of the
Redeemer, New Haven, Conn., 1904-07. Composer of
numerous sone;s, choruses, cantatas and anthems (pub
lished by G. Schirmer and Novello and company), also
of symphonic compositions and chamber music.


Professor of Buena Vista College,

Was born April 14, 1853, in Zanesville, Ohio. He was
educated at the University of Wooster, Ohio, from which
institution he graduated in 1878. He has attained suc
cess in the educational world; and has contributed exten
sively to educational literature. He is professor of Ger
man and French in the Buena Vista college of Iowa; has
been acting president of that institution of learning since


Presbyterian Clergyman,

Was born Framingham, Mass., April 17, 1842; educated
Lancaster academy, Amherst college, A.B., 1866; A.M.,
1869; D.D., 1880; LL.D., 1892. Clerk in dry goods
house, 1858-60; principal Amherst high school, until
1867; professor Greek and Latin, Williston seminary,
1870-71 ; married Nov. 23, 1870, Ellen Bodman of Wil-
liamsburg, Mass. Studied theology at Halle, Leipzig
and Bonn; pastor First Congregational church of Lenox,
Mass., 1874; pastor Madison Square Presbyterian church,
New York City; since 1880, president Society for Preven
tion of Crime, 1891-1908. Sermon on municipal corrup
tion brought him before grand jury, 1892; led to investi
gations by New York legislature committee (Lexow com
mittee) of New York police force; caused defeat of Tam
many hall, 1894; has since been prominent in all work of
reform and against all corruption and crime. Author:


Forms of the Latin Verb Illustrated by the Sanskrit, 1870;
The Blind Man s Creed, and Other Sermons, 1883; The
Pattern on the Mount, 1885 ; Three Gates on a Side, 1887;
What Would the World Be Without Religion? 1888;
The Swiss Guide, 1889; Our Fight with Tammany, 1895;
The Sunny Side of Christianity, 1901; and A Little
Lower Than the Angels.


Governor of Hawaii Territory,

Was born Oct. 29, 1863, in Grass Valley, Cal. In 1885
he graduated from Yale university; and in 1890 from
Yale law school. He soon acquired success in the prac
tice of law. In 1893 he became the judge of the first cir
cuit court of Hawaii; and three months later became as
sociate justice of the supreme court for the territory of
Hawaii. In 1898 he was a member of the commission to
recommend to congress legislation concerning Hawaii;
and in 1903-05 was chairman of the Hawaiian code com
mission. In 1893 he became an associate justice; also
served as chief justice of the supreme court for the terri
tory of Hawaii. He is governor of Hawaii territory for
the term of 1907-11.


He is Chief of Slavonic Department, New York Public
Library; Editor Russian Department, Jewish


Was born Oct. 6, 1843, Friedrichstadt, Courland, Russia.
Son of Moritz Rosenthal and Pauline Birkhahn. Edu
cated at Bausk district school and private board school
at Jacobstadt. Married Anna Rosenthal. Arrived in
United States, 1881; started the first agricultural colony
for Russian Jews in America, in Louisiana; organized
two more colonies in South Dakota and New Jersey; was
sent by the Great Northern railway on mission to Japan


and China, 1892-1893; secretary German-American Re
formed union, 1893-1894; started the Russian Daily Zar-
ya, 1879; published and edited the Hebrew Monthly In
telligencer, New York; member Imperial Russian Or
phan asylum; Red Cross society, medal of latter, 1877-
1878. Contributor since 1885 to New York Staats-Zeit-
ung. Author: Worte des Sammlers, 1893; Lied der
Lieder, 1893; Report on Japan, China and Corea, 1893;
Spatherbstnebel, Poems, Stuttgart, 1906. Translator for
the German, Hugo Can s Land of Riddles (Russia),
1904, from the Russian, Prince Serge Mrussov s Memoirs
of a Russian Governor, 1908.


Former School Treasurer of Union Township, Floyd

County, Iowa,

Was born May 26, 1826, in Sachsenflur, County of Box-
berg, State of Baden, Germany. He came to America
in 1848; and subsequently engaged as a blacksmith at
Atica, N.Y., for five years, when he moved to Floyd
county, Iowa, in 1854; and worked in blacksmithing and
in farming. He has filled various township offices from
road supervisor to justice of the peace; was a notary pub
lic; was county supervisor for three years, and resigned in
order to serve as a state representative from Floyd county
to the twenty-third general assembly of the Iowa legisla
ture. He has acted as an administrator to settle numerous
estates; and acted as guardian for a period of more than
twenty years until about 1908, with honorable discharge
and a regiment of minors grown to womanhood and man
hood. He has always been identified with the democratic
partv. As former school townshio treasurer on surrender
ing the office July i, 1911, he had rendered a continuous
service for the space of forty-seven years, at the age of
eighty-five, and still resides on the home farm near Mar
ble Rock, Floyd county, Iowa.



State Representative of California,
Was born June 3, 1885, in Yreka, Cal. He was educated
in the public schools; and attended the University of Cal
ifornia. He has attained success in the practice of law; is
a member of the firm of Gillis and Gillis of Yreka, Cal.;
-rominent in the business and public affairs of his citv
and Siskiyou county, Cal. He is a member of the demo
cratic party; a member of the Masons, Elks and other
fraternal and patriotic orders, clubs and societies. He
is now a state representative in the California legislature;
is now serving his first term of 1909-10.



Was born in Philadelphia, Aug. 6, 1852; son of John
Rodman Paul and Elizabeth Duffield (Neill) Paul. He
was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as
B.A. and M.A. He was admitted to the bar in 1875, an d
is senior member of the law firm of Biddle, Paul and
Jayne. He is a director of the Philadelphia Contributor-
shH and Philadelphia Savings Fund. Mr. Paul is an in
dependent republican in politics, and an Episcopalian in
religious affiliation. He is a member of the American
Philosophical society, Pennsylvania Historical society,
Phi Beta Kappa, Society of Colonial Wars, the Wistar
Party, Rittenhouse club, University, Penn and City clubs,
and the Philadelphia Cricket club; vice-president of the
City Parks association, president of the College settle


American Representative Manchester Ship Canal,
Was born Belturbet, County Cavan, Ireland, Jan. 17,
1861; son John Armstrong, eminent Irish lawyer, and
Sarah Helen (Moffat) Armstrong; educated Royal


school, Cavan; Dr. Chetwode Crawley, Dublin. Received
first commission as lieutenant County Cavan regiment,
February, 1878; served in royal Irish fusiliers and lo^th
regiment; attached to thirty-eighth regiment; resigned
from army, 1884. Contributed to Army and Navy Ga
zette and The Broad Arrow many articles; wrote and
nublished a number of drill books; Catechism of Squad
Drill (two editions) ; Words of Command Used in Com
pany Drill (two editions) ; Words of Command Used in
Battalion Drill (two editions) ; Regulations and Instruc
tions for Encampment. After leaving the army joined
the Haymarket Theater company, London, then under
the Bancroft management; played in productions of Hugh
Conway s Dark Days; later played round of characters
with F. R. Benson s Shakespearean company; became
business manager for Sir Charles Wyndham at Strand and
Comedy theater, 1888-92; manager tours of Our Boys,
Fedora, Two Roses, In a Looking Glass, etc. Left stage
for commercial life; appointed manager and secretary
of Mexican Land and Colonization company; visited
Mexico, etc.; appointed, 1896, American representative
for Manchester Ship Canal company. Convert to Ro
man Catholicism, 1905. Fellow Royal Geographical so
ciety, London. Recreations: Sailing, swimming, row
ing, walking. Clubs: Raleigh (London) ; United Service
(Dublin) ; Calumet, Downtown association, Lotos, Press,
Marine and Field (New York City). Address: Augh-
namullen, Ballybay, Ireland.



Was born Aug. 19, 1857, in New Orleans, La. He re
ceived his education in the public schools of his native
state; and at Lusher s commercial academy. Since 1880
he has practiced law in New Orleans; is one of the fore
most lawyers of his state; and has traveled extensively


throughout America and Europe. He has served three
terms as a member of the examining committee of the su
preme court of Lousiana for the admission of candidates
to the bar; in 1898 was a member of the Louisiana state
constitutional convention; and in 1900 was a presidential
elector. He is treasurer of the Commercial Law league
of America; and a member of the committee on uniform
state laws of the American Bar association. He is first
lieutenant commander of Camp Beauregard No. 130,
United Sons of Confederate Veterans; treasurer of the
Louisiana Historical society; member of the board of
curators of the state museum of Louisiana; and a com
missioner on uniform state laws from Louisiana. He is
a member of the National Municipal league, American
Political Science association, American Institute of Civ
ics and a score of other societies and associations. For
twenty-eighth years he has been a member of the law
firm of Dinkelspiel, Hart and Davey.


President Parral and Durango Railroad Company,
Was born in Allegheny county, Pa., April 23, 1846; son
of Samuel Gill and Rachel (Ekin) Gill. He was edu
cated in common schools and academy near Pittsburgh.
He married in Pittsburg, Sept. 9, 1869, Kate Wilson,
and they have four children: Mrs. James I. Johnston,
Mrs. Agnes Du Barry, Ralph E. Gill and Albert E.
Gill. He taught school, 1862-1866; member of company
K of the fifty-fourth Pennsylvania volunteer militia, 1863,
during Lee s invasion of Pennsylvania and Morgan s raid
through Indiana and Ohio; manufacturer of bedding and
upholstery, 1869-1882; and treasurer of Hidalgo Mining
company since that time; organized Parral and Durango
Railroad company, 1898, and has been its president since;
treasurer of the Pennsylvania State Sabbath School asso
ciation; member of the board of public charities of the


stale of Pennsylvania since 1903. Mr. Gill is a repub
lican in politics, an elder in the East Liberty Presbyterian
church of Pittsburgh, member of the Academy of Science
of Philadelphia, Geographical society of Philadelphia,
member of executive committee Pennsylvania societv Sons
of the American Revolution, member and past master of
the Pittsburgh lodge of Masons, and member of the Du-
quesne club of Pittsburgh.


Farmer and Author, of Glover, Vt.,
Was born Dec. 31, 1856, in Waterford, Vt. He was
educated in the public schools of his native state; and in
1875 graduated from St. Johnsbury academy of Vermont.
He is a successful farmer and insurance man of St. Johns-
bii r " Vt. He is prominently identified with the business
and public affairs of Vermont; resides in Glover, Vt. ;
and has filled various positions of trust and honor. He is
the author of Wed to a Lunatic: The Untamed Philos
opher; and Wiht the Plugolians.

Bank President and Justice of the Peace of Bridgeivater,


Was born in Andover, Mass. He was educated in the
high school of Fond du Lac, Wis. He is a member of the
republican party; has filled the offices of trustee, clerk,
assessor and various other positions of trust and honor in
the gift of his city, county and state. He is president
of the Union bank of Bridgewater, Adair county, Iowa;
is prominently identified with the business and public af
fairs of his community; and for many years has been jus
tice of the peace.



Railroad President,

Was born May 16, 1856, in Rock Island, 111. Since 1873
he has been consecutively in the passenger department, in
the auditor s and superintendent s offices of the Atlantic
and Pacific railroad at St. Louis, Mo., in 1873-77; secre
tary to the general manager of the Missouri Pacific rail
way in 1877-84; secretary to the general manager and as
sistant general manager of the Wabash, St. Louis and
Pacific railroad in 1884-87; general manager of the Wa
bash Western railroad in 1887-89; general manager of
the Wabash system in 1889-95; and in 1894-95 was vice-
president of that road. In 1896 he became general man
ager of the Grand Trunk railroad of Canada; and is now
president of the Central Vermont railway; and president
of the Chicago, Detroit and Canada Grand Trunk Junc
tion railroad.



Was born Brooklyn, Aug. 4, 1858; son William and La-
vinia M. (Plows) Halls; educated German Commercial
institute, Brooklyn; married Brooklyn, Oct. 14, 1879,
Sarah W. Whitaker, New York. Director Hanover Na
tional bank (formerly vice-president), rose from messen
ger in bank to that position; was for a period, 1880-82,
with stock brokerage firm of Prince and Whitely, ac
quired, with others, Union college holdings of real es
tate in Long Island City, 1898, and organizing New York
Land and Warehouse company, of which is president and
director; reorganized Elyton Land company of Birming
ham, Ala., and established the Birmingham Realty com
pany; director Irving National Exchange bank, Flat-
bush Trust company, First National bank of Summit,
president and director The Summit Trust company, vice-
president and manager Brooklyn M. E. hospital. Repub-


lican ; Methodist. Member New York Chamber of Com
merce. Recreation: Travel. Clubs: Union League,
Lawyers , Canoe Brook, Highland (New Jersey), Sum
mit Country.


Lawyer and Jurist,

Was born March 26, 1835, in Honesdale, Pa. In 1860 he
began the practice of law in Scranton, Pa. In 1879-88 he
was judge eleventh judicial district; and in 1888-89 was
justice of the supreme court of Pennsylvania to fill a va
cancy. In 1872-79 he was president of the Third Na
tional bank, and has been president of the Scranton free
library since its foundation.

Postmaster, Erie, Pa.,

Was born Aug. 28. i8j8, New York Citv. Son of Semel
Sobel and Cecelia King;. He was educated in New York
public schools, College Citv of New York and Erie hieh
school. Married Emma Auerhaim. Admitted to Erie
bar, 1888. Elected to Erie city councils, i8qi : re-elected,
1893; president councils, 1894.; secretary renublican coun-
tv committee, 1889-1891 ; chairman, 1893-1896; vice-pres
ident Republican league of Pennsylvania. 1894-180^;
president, 1806-1807; presidential elector. 1896; appoint
ed postmaster bv President McKinley, 1898; re-appoint
ed by President Roosevelt in 1902 and 1006; re-appoint
ed by President Taft in 1910; republican candidate for
mayor, 1891;: president Postmasters association of Penn-
svlvania, 1908; first vice-president National Association
of Postmasters of Offices of First Class, 1911; president
District Grand lodge No. 3, I.O.B.B., 1910-1911; mem
ber executive committee American Jewish committee,
191 1.




Was born at Wellsville, Ohio, May n, 1873; son of Jos.
S. Mellor and Jane (Moulds) Mellor. He was educated
at Rochester high school. He married, at Rochester, Pa.,
June 8, 1904, Mary Belle Wilson, of Beaver, Pa.; they
have one daughter, Mary Bell Mellor, born in 1905. Mr.
Mellor has been with the First National bank since 1895,
and is now its cashier. He is director of the Rochester
Cut Glass company, and the treasurer of the borough of
Rochester, the Central Building and Loan association, the
Rochester Business Men s association; treasurer Roches
ter lodge No. 229, F. and A. M.; member clearing house
committee Beaver County Clearing House association.
Mr. Mellor is a Mason and a Knight Templar. He has
traveled through Canada and Mexico. He is a republican
in politics, and in religion an Episcopalian.


Portrait and Landscape Painter,

Was born Oneida, N.Y., 1855; son Henry H. and Eliz
abeth (Stevens) Tyler; educated Whitestown seminary,
1875-1876; Syracuse university, Fine Arts college; un
der Dean George F. Comfort, LL.D., 1879; graduate
National Academy of Design, New York, 1882, with med
als, 1879-1882; pupil Theo. Kaufman; pupil Art Stu
dents league, New York; under Wm. Chase, 1879; mar
ried 1883, Charlotte E. Wiltsie. Children, Mary Spof-
ford, Myra Joshu and Bayard Hermance (deceased).
Exhibitor National Academy Design; Society American
Artists; Pennsylvania academy; Paris exposition; Colum
bian exposition, Chicago, 189"?; exhibition American
paintings, Corcoran gallery, Washington, D.C., 1910.
Among private collections represented in Hampton D.
Ewing Esq., Yonkers; Chas. H. Fox, Esq., Haverhill,
Mass.; Chas. A. Green, Rochester; Hon. Thos. Ewing,


Jr., Yonkers; Mrs. Elizabeth D. Boies, Scranton; Con
gressman John E. Andrews; Jas. G. S. Dey, Syracuse,
and others. Among portraits painted are late Wm. H.
Sherman, M.D., Yonkers; Hon. Theo. Roosevelt, Munic
ipal Gallery, Albany; Admiral Willard H. Brownson,
U.S.N.; Wm. F. Cochran, Esq.; J. J. Albright, Esq.,
Scranton public library; Rev. James E. Freeman, Rec
tor St. Marks church, Minneapolis, Minn.; Mr. Alex S.
Cochran, Hon. B. B. Odell, Rev. Dr. M. Woollsey Stryk-
er, D.D., LL.D., president Hamilton college, Clinton,
N.Y.; Prof. Geo. F. Comfort, L.H.D., LL.D., Museum
Fine Arts, Syracuse. Clubs: Lotus, Talmagundi.


Was born U.S.A., 1872. Pupil of P. C. Lutkin. N. W.
university school of music, 1897., A.A.G.O. Instructor,
New York German Conservatory of Music. Instructor,
New York School of Music and Arts. Composer of
Fugue in A Minor for Organ (published by John Church
company, 1903, 75 cents) ; May Song, part song for Fe
male Voices (published by John Church company, 1910,
10 cents; Minuet in E Major, for Piano (John Church
company, 1911): The Critical Seed, song (Brainard s
Sons company, 1900, 30 cents) ; Magnificat and Nunc
Dimittis in C Major, for eight part Chorus and Five So
loists; Sonata Romantique in C Major; Canzduetta in E
Flat Major for Violin and Piano, Capriccietto in D Flat
Major for Violin and Piano; There Is a Blessed House,
and Savior, Breathe an Evening Blessing, anthems for
mixed quartette; songs: Nearer My God to Thee," "We
Will Forget," "A Voyage at Dusk," "I Love Thee So."
Author of Eclectic Harmony."



Was born at Williamstown, Mass. ; daughter of John Bas-
com and Emma (Curtiss) Bascom. She was graduated
from the University of Wisconsin, receiving the degrees
of B.L. and A.B. 1882, B.S. 1884, and A.M. 1887; from
that university, and after graduate study at Johns Hopkins
university, that of Ph. D. in 1893. From 1893-1895 Miss
Bascom was assistant in the department of geology at Ohio
State university. Since 1895, she has been successively
lecturer, associate, associate professor and professor of
p-eologv at Bryn Mawr college, and is geologist on the
United States geological survey. Miss Bascom is a Phi
Beta Kappa, a fellow of the Geological societv of Ameri
ca and of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science; a member of the Philadelphia Academy of
Sciences, the Washington Academy of Sciences and the
National Geographical societv. Dr. Bascom is author of :
The Structure, Origin, and Nomenclature of the Acid
Volcanic Rocks of South Mountain, 180?: A Pre-Terti-
ary Nepheline-bearing Rock, 1896; both in the Journal
of Geoloev. The Ancient Volcanic Rocks of South Moun
tain, Pennsylvania. Bulletin No. 136, United States geo
logical survey; The Aporhvolite, Bulletin No. 343-349;
also of Bulletin No. 150, United States geological sur-
* T f** T 1898: Aoorhyolite of South Mountain, Pennsylvania,
bulletin of Geological society of America, volume eight,
1896; The Geology of the Crystalline Rocks of Cecil
County, Marvland, Maryland geological survey publica
tions, 1902; The Water Resources of the Philadelphia
District, Bulletin 106, United States geological survev,
1904; also in the American Geologist, The Relations of
Streams in the Neighborhood of Philadelphia to the Bryn
Mawr Gravel, January, 1897; The Finland Excursion of
the International Congress of Geologists, November,
1897; On Some Dikes in the Vicinity of Johns Bay,


Maine, May, 1899; also several reviews and editorials in
the American Geologist since July, 1896; Piedmont Dis
trict of Pennsylvania, Bulletin Geological society, Ameri
ca, volume sixteen, pages 289-328, pages 48-63, 1905; An-
hydritzwilling von Ausse, Groth s Zeitschriff fur Krys-
tallographie, Leipzig, 1907, with V. Goldschmidt, with
collaborators, The Philadelphia Atlas Folia and The
Trenton Folio.

Hydrographer United States Navy Department,
Was born June 21, 18^5, in Carrollton, 111. In 1875 he
graduated from the United States naval academy; and
during twenty-five years has served on all stations around
the world. Since 1904 he has been hydrographer to the
United States navy.


Fire Insurance President,

Was born Hudson, N.Y., April 5, 1840; son Jeremiah and
Berthia (White) Cunningham; educated in common and
private schols and Union university law school, Albany,
N.Y., LL.B., 1861; married Chestertown, N.Y., Eliza
beth Fowler (now deceased) ; one daughter, Beth (now
wife of William A. Brown, of Glens Falls, N.Y.) . Prac
ticed law at Essex, N.Y., until enlisted, 1862, in n8th
New York regiment; went to front and saw much active
service; was for some time provost marshal at Ports
mouth, Va. ; came out of war as major and brevet lieuten
ant-colonel. On return from war appointed collector in
ternal revenue for sixteenth congressional district of New
York; resigned to join field force at Glens Falls Insur
ance company as special agent; elected, 1872, secretary of
company, and was virtually its manager; since death of
President Little, 1892, president and director Glens Falls
Insurance company. Republican; Presbyterian (elder).



Lawyer and Jurist,

Was born Nov. 29, 1842, in Bath county, Ky. He was ed
ucated in the public schools of his native state; attended
the Twinsburg institute of Ohio; and in 1862 graduated
with the degree of LL.B. from the New York law uni
versity at Albany. In 1863-84 he practiced law in Mount
Sterling, Ky. ; in 1884-93 was judge of the Kentucky court
of appeals at Frankfort; and in 1891-92 was chief justice
of Kentucky. In 1893-1900 he practiced law in Frank
fort, Ky. ; in 1904 was first United States district judge
of Porto Rico; and since 1904 has practiced his profes
sion in Louisville, Ky.


Physician and Surgeon,

Was born in 1838, in Rockingham, Vt. He was educated
at the Saxton s River seminary, Vt., and in 1860 received
his degree of M.D. from the University of New York.
He has attained success as a phvsician and surgeon in
Battleboro, Vt., where he is a member of the state board
of health. He served as commissioner from Vermont to
the Mexican national exposition of industries and fine
arts ; is a member of the American Association for the Ad

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