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pervisor, and in 1866-67 was county treasurer of Peoria
county.



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EDWIN GRAHAM POTTER,

State Senator,

Was born Oct, 1852, in Adams, N.Y. ; son of George Nel
son and Mary Griswold Potter. His great grandfather
was Major Israel Potter of the revolutionary war, his
grandfather was Edwin Potter, a soldier of the war of
1812. M,r. Potter has been prominent in the affairs of
Minnesota since his arrival there in 1881, having been two
years president of the State Dairy association, seven years
president of the Minneapolis Produce association, two
years a member of the board of farm institute work, two
years a member of the Minneapolis city council, and two
years president, of that body, ten years a member of the
Minnesota state senate, four years a member of the re
publican state central committee, besides having occupied
many other offices of trust. Mr. Potter is a prominent
member of the Commercial club, and closely identified
with the public work of that body. Mr. Potter was mar
ried in 1876 to Irma Northey, and in 1894 to Anna
Keough, and is the father of four children.

CHARLES GILBERT HINDS.

Lawyer and Statesman,

Was born Aug. 31, 1866, at Shakopee, Minn. The an
cestors of the subject of this sketch, on both the paternal
and maternal sides, were of good old Colonial stock, hav
ing come to this country about the year 1650. Several
members of the family were soldiers in the War of the
Revolution. Henry Hinds, the father of Charles, was an
early pioneer in the state of Minnesota, coming here in
18^4 and settling at Shakopee, where he has ever since re
sided and practiced law. He was born at Hebron, New
York, in 1826; graduated from Albany Normal college
in 1850; took up the study of law in the Cincinnati law
school and graduated from that institution in 1852. In
1853 he was married to Mary F. Woodworth, the mother
of the subject of this sketch. The following year Mr.
Hinds came to Minnesota and opened a law office at Sha-



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kopee. He has held many offices of public trust. He was
one of the leading lawyers of the eighth judicial district
up to the time of his retiring from active practice in 1884.
In the early days he acted as the county-attorney of Scott
county and judge of probate. He was a member of the
lower house of the legislature from Scott county in 1878,
and was made a member of the board of managers in the
impeachment of Judge Page, making the closing argu
ment for the board before the senate. In 1879 and 1881
he served in the state senate. Charles Gilbert Hinds re
ceived his early education in the common schools of Sha-
kopee, and in 1883 entered the state university, taking a
special course for two years. In 188$ he entered the law
department of the university of Michigan, graduating
with a degree of LL.B. in 1887. He received his cetrifi-
cate of admission to the bar on his twenty-first birthday,
and immediately began the practice of his profession in
his native town Shakopee where he has remained. In
1894 he was elected county attorney at Scott county. He
is a mason, a member of the A.O.U.W., of which he was
grand master workman of the state, and the M.W. of A.
He is also a member of the legal college fraternity of the
Phi Delta Phi. September 21;, 1888, Mr. Hinds was mar
ried to Maude Plumstead, of Shakopee. They have two
sons, Frank H. and Frederick C.

MORRIS BEACH BEARDSLEY,
Judge,

Was born Aug. 13, 1849, in Trumbull, Conn., belongs to
an old and representative family and is a descendant of
William Beardsley, who settled in Stratford in 1638. He
is the son of Samuel G. Beardsley and Mary Beach, his
wife. He received his oreparatorv education at Stratford
academv, matriculated ?t Yale in 1866, and was grad
uated with the class of 1870. He subsequently entered Co
lumbia law school, where for one year he attended the
lectures of Prof. Dwight, and afterward studied in the



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law office of William K. Seelev of Bridgeport, one of the
foremost lawyers of his period in Fairfield county, who
took him into partnership at the end of two years. He
was elected cih r r ] er < , n^d held the office three terms, and
in the fall of 1876 was elected judge of the probate court,
entering upon his duties Jan. i, 1877, and has been stead
ily re-elected, with the best feeling of both parties. On
June 5, 1873, he married Lucy J. Fayerweather, niece and
adopted daughter of the late Daniel B. Fayerweather,
the munificient benefactor of Yale. He is one of the orig
inal members of the Fairfield county alumni association,
one of its trustees, and its treasurer, a Mason of the thirty-
second degree, an Odd Fellow, a member of the Sea Side
club in Bridgeport, and of the Aldine club, New York
city. He has served on the board of education and a num
ber of other positions of trust in Bridgeport, is prominent
in church affairs, is a scholarly man of high culture, and
is popular in all his relations to society.

FREDERICK CLEMENT STEVENS,

Congressman,

Is a lawyer and resides in St. Paul. Mr. Stevens father
was a physician, Dr. John Stevens, of Bangor, Maine. At
the time of the birth of the subject of this sketch, Dr.
Stevens was a resident of Boston, and Frederick Clement
Stevens was born there Jan. i, 1861. He began his educa
tion in the village schools of Searsport, Maine, and grad
uated from the high school of Rockland, Maine, 1877.
The following year he entered Bowdoin college, at
Brunswick, Maine, where he graduated in the class of
1881. Mr. Stevens had decided to adopt the profession of
law, and began his preparation with Hon. A. W. Paine,
of Bangor. Soon afterwards, however, he came west and
completed his law course in the state university of Iowa,
where he graduated from the law department in 1884.
The same year he removed to St. Paul, and entered upon
the practice of law. He was elected to the lower house of



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the legislature from the twenty-sixth district, in i
and was re-elected by both republicans and democrats in
1891. He was elected to congress from the fourth con
gressional district of Minnesota as a republican in 1896
and has since been seven times re-elected. He was mar
ried at Lansing, Mich., in 1889, to Ellen J. Fargo. They
have no children.

HENRY J. HEINZ,

Manufacturer,

Was born Oct. n, 1844, m Pittsburgh, Pa. He was edu
cated in the public schools, and at the age of fifteen be
came his father s bookkeeper and practical assistant in the
business of brick-making, building and contracting, car
ried on at Sharpsburg, a suburban town to which the
family had moved. He also devoted a part of his time
in operating a garden near the family residence, selling
the product in the Pittsburgh market. In 1869 he began
to bottle horse radish for the market, and from this be
ginning has grown the H. J. Heinz company, of which
he is president, which is the largest food product estab
lishment of its kind in the world, having ramifications in
both production and distribution in almost every country
in the world. Mr. Heinz is a director of the Union Na
tional bank, Pittsburgh; Western Insurance company,
Pittsburgh; president of the Winona Interurban railway
company, Indiana; and president of the Pennsylvania
State Sunday School association; and connected as trustee
or director with many other civic, educational and relig
ious organizations. In politics he has acted with the re
publican party on national issues, but has never sought or
held office. He is a member of the Presbyterian church.
In 1869 he was married to Sallie Sloan Young, who died
in 1894. He has four children, one daughter and three
sons.



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EUGENE D. SCRIBNER,

Lawyer,

Was born Dec. 21, 186?, in Delafield, Wis., son of Robert
C. and Frances L. (Hillabrandt) Scribner. Educated in
the public schools of Fulton county, N.Y. Married,
New York city, April 20, 1899, Mollie A. Groff; chil
dren, Donald Chevalier, born Feb. 24, 1900, Hilda Eliza
beth, born Sept. 30, 1901, Robert E. D., born May 30,
1903, Phillip Le Grande, born June 13, 1908, William
Francis, born Jan. 12, 1910, Victor Gordon, born Sept. 6,
1911. Successful general practitioner of law, orator and
journalist; present corporation counsel of the city of
Gloversville, N.Y., and assistant district attorney of the
county of Hamilton, N.Y. ; served as police judge of
Northville, N.Y. ; president of the Northville fire de
partment, member of the board of education; for five
years chairman of the democratic assembly district com
mittee, comprised of the counties of Fulton and Hamil
ton. Director of People s Conservative stores of Fulton
county, N.Y. Democrat, Episcopalian. Member of New
York bar association and Gloversville bar association,
I. O. Red Men, I.O.O.F., L.O.O.M., Maccabees. Trus
tee Northville schools. Recreations : Athletic sports and
horsemanship. Clubs: Manhattan, Tilden (New York
city).

JOHN PATRICK GRACE,

Business Man and Statesman,

Was born December 30, 1874, in Charleston, S.C. He
was educated in the public schools and academies of his
native state. He is prominently identified with the busi
ness and public affairs of Charleston, S.C.; and is an
active member of the democratic party. He has filled
numerous positions of trust and honor; and in 1911 was
elected mayor of Charleston for a four-year term ending
in 1915.



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EDWARD HITCHCOCK,

Educator,

Was born Sept. i, 1854, in Stratford, Conn., a son of Prof.
Edward Hitchcock, and grandson of President Edward
Hitchcock, both of Amherst college. He was graduated
from Amherst in 1878, and took his degree of A.M. there
three years later; studied medicine and took the degree of
M.D. at Darmouth college in 1881, and afterward spent
some time in post-graduate medical work at Bellevue
college and dispensary, New York city. He returned to
Amherst, Mass., where he practiced medicine and was ap
pointed instructor in physical culture under his father.
During this time he practiced medicine in the town. He
was also appointed instructor in elocution at the Massa
chusetts agricultural college of the same place. Dr.
Hitchcock was appointed acting professor of physical cul
ture at Cornell university in 1884, and later full professor
at the same institution. To the duties of this position
were afterward added that of lecturer in hygiene. Dr.
Hitchcock is a vice-president of the American academy of
medicine, and secretary of the American association for
the advancement of physical culture. He resigned from
Cornell university in November, 1903, and since 1905
has been a medical visitor with the state board of charity,
Boston, Mass.- Address, State House, Boston, Mass.

JOHN B. SHANNON,

State Senator of Maryland,

Was born November 7, 1865, in Springfield, W.Va. He
became chairman of the Allegany county democratic com-
mittee; and subsequently was elected register of wills for
six years. At the expiration of his term he was nominated
and elected to the state senate of Maryland. He has
frequently been named as an available candidate for the
democratic nomination for congress from the sixth district
of Maryland; and resides in Frostburg, Md.



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CHARLES MORTIMER WARNER,

Manufacturer,

Was born April 8, 1845, at Van Buren, Onondaga county,
N.Y. He received his early education in the public
school of the neighboring town of Jordan, and at the age
of eighteen engaged in the grocery business for himself
at Peru, N.Y. At twenty-one he returned to Jordan,
where he embarked first in the milling business and subse
quently in that of coal and lumber. In 1879 he engaged
in the malting trade in Syracuse, N.Y., and soon built up
an establishment which, in 1894, was the largest of its
kind in the world, having branches in nine different cities.
He is identified with the asphalt paving companies of
Rochester and Syracuse, and has also large interests in the
electric light and street-car plants in Fall River, Mass.,
and several western cities. He is president of the board
of police commissioners of Syracuse and was respectively
postmaster and mayor of Jordan, N.Y. In 1875 Mr.
Warner was married to Alice Emerick of Jordan, who
died in 1893. On June 6, 1894, Mr. Warner announced
to the city of Syracuse his intention to erect a monument
to the memory of his wife and to the honored soldier-dead
of Onondaga county. The cost of this gift is estimated at
$100,000, making it one of the handsomest memorials
in the country.

HERBERT P. KELLER,

Lawyer and Statesman,

Was born February 7, 1875, in St. Paul, Minn. He re
ceived a thorough education in the public schools and
academies of his native state. He soon attained success
in the practice of law in Minnesota; has been third as
sistant corporation attorney of St. Paul; and for three
terms served as assemblyman in the common council.
He has filled numerous positions of trust and honor; and
is now serving his first term as mayor of St. Paul, Minn.



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GEORGE BURLEY SPALDING,

Clergyman,

Was born Aug. 1 1, 1835, in Montpelier, Vt., the third son
of James Spalding, a distinguished physician and surgeon,
and Eliza Reed. The family of Spalding gave its name
to the town in Lincolnshire, Eng., which is mentioned in
a charter for the foundation of the great Crowland abbey,
granted by King Ethelbert, whose reign began in 716. On
the maternal side the ancestry is unbrokenly traced to
Brianus de Rede, who in 1 139 held a great estate at Mor-
peth, on the Wensback, in the north of England. The ear
liest American ancestors were Edward Spalding, of
Braintree, Mass., at Virginia, 1619, and John Reed, of
Rehoboth, Mass. Many of their descendants served in the
early Indian wars and in the revolution. George Burley
was graduated from the university of Vermont in 1856,
studied law with Judge W. G. M. Davis, of Tallahassee,
Fla., studied theology two years at the Union theological
seminary, New York city, and one year at Andover,
Mass., graduating in 1861. In August of that year he
married Sarah Livingston, daughter of Rev. John W.
Olmstead, D. D., of Boston, Mass., and has several chil
dren. On Oct. 5, 1861, Mr. Spalding accepted a call to
the Congregational church at Vergennes, Vt., where he
remained until September, 1864, when he removed to
Hartford, Conn., to accept the pastorate of the North
church, of which Dr. Horace Bushnell had long been
pastor. The church is now known as the Park church.
On Sept. i, 1869, he became pastor of the Congregational
church at Dover, N.H. During his seminary course in
New York Mr. Spalding contributed various articles to
the New York World, of which his brother, James Reed
Spalding, was the founder; to the Courier and Enquirer,
and to the New York Times. While at Dover he wrote
a large number of editorial leaders for the Watchman,
and in January, 1881, established the New Hampshire
Journal, the state organ of the Congregationalists, and was



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its editor for several years. He was chairman of the
school committee of Dover, president of the trustees of
the state normal school, member of the constitutional con
vention of New Hampshire, in 1877 representative of the
city of Dover in the state legislature, and chaplain of that
body. He was also trustee of the New Hampshire mis
sionary society, and of the state orphan s home. Mr.
Spalding accepted a call to the Franklin street Congrega
tional church at Manchester, N.H., in 1883, and to the
First Presbyterian church at Syracuse, N.Y., in 1885,
where he has since been elected trustee of Auburn theo
logical seminary, and of Hamilton college, and vice-presi
dent of the American tract society. The degree of D.D.
was conferred upon him by Darmouth college in 1878;
LL.D. by the Syracuse university, 1904, and D.D. by Ver
mont university, 1907. Dr. Spalding has published sev
eral valuable religious and historical works. At the close
of fifty years of ministry and a pastorate of twenty-five
years of the First Presbyterian church at Syracuse, N.Y.,
Dr. Spalding has retired with the honor of Pastor Emeri
tus.

MARK BRICKELL KERR,

Mining Engineer of California,

Was born June 28, 1860, in St. Michaels, Md. He was
educated in the public schools of Washington, D. C. ; and
received a special education as civil engineer under pri
vate tutors. In 1886 he made the ascent of Mount Shasta;
and was geographer of the expedition sent out in 1890 by
the United States geological survey and the national Geo
graphical society to explore Mt. St. Elias and vicinity.
He is a successful consulting mining engineer of San
Francisco, Ca l. ; and a member of the Philosophical, An
thropological and National geographical societies of
Washington. He is the author of A Journey in Ecuador
and various other geographical articles in current pub
lications.



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JOSHUA LEVERING,

Merchant,

Was born Sept. 12, 1845, in Baltimore, Md. He received
a private school education, and in 1865 entered into the
coffee-importing business of his father, at first as an em
ploye, but later as a member of the firm, conducting the
business with his brother Eugene after the death of his
father, in 1870. He has taken an active part in religious
and charitable enterprises, serving as president of the
board of trustees of the Southern Baptist theological sem
inary, at Louisville, Ky., as vice-president of the Amer
ican Baptist publication society, as president of the Balti
more Young Men s Christian Association, and in other of
fices of similar character. In politics he held with the
democratic party until 1884, in which year he joined the
prohibition party. He was a candidate for state comp
troller of Maryland in 1891, and in May, 1896, he was
nominated for president, with Hale Thompson, of Illi
nois, for vice-president, by the majority or narrow-gauge
section of the prohibition party, at the convention held in
Pittsburgh, Penn.

WILLIAM FRANKLIN BARCLAY,

Physician,

Was born near Jacksonville, Indiana county, Penn., Feb.
13, 1842, son of John Agnew Barclay, a school-teacher
and farmer, distinguished for his industry, honesty and
sobriety. His mother was Margaret Medlar Lomison.
His paternal grandfather, Law r ry Barclay, was born in
county Antrim, Ireland, and was a farmer. His paternal
grandmother, Martha Ann Agnew, was born in county
Antrim, Ireland. His maternal grandfather, William
Lomison, was a farmer and miller; his maternal grand
mother was Annie Fulkison. He was reared on a farm,
and educated at Mechanicsburg academy, Indiana coun
ty, Penn., at Cherry Valley academy and Jacksonville
academy, and was graduated M.A. in Washington and



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Jefferson college in 1867. He taught school for a num
ber of years, and at the outbreak of the war enlisted in
company D, 54th Pennsylvania regiment. He read medi
cine with Dr. H. G. Lomison of Greensburg; entered Jef
ferson medical college, 1865, being a member of the class
of 1865 and 1866; entered Long Island college hospital,
1866, and was graduated the same year. He began the
practice of medicine in Saltsburg, Indiana county, 1866,
and remained there until 1877, and located in Pittsburgh
in 1881. Dr. Barclay discovered and applied gold com
pounds in 1893, in which he successfully combined gold
with bromine, mercury, arsenic, and other metals, in the
face of the decree of chemists that such compounds were
impossible, but which have since been adopted in the
practice of the most conservative physicians. Dr. Bar
clay is a member of the sixth ward school board, and has
been president of the board for six years. He is a member
of the Third Presbyterian church of Pittsburgh, Pa.

HORATIO NELSON CHUTE,

Physicist,

Was born Dec. 26, 1847, in Grovesend, Ontario, Canada.
He was graduated at the university of Michigan in 1872.
From 1867 to 1869 he was principal of public schools in
Aylmer, Ontario, and from then until 1870 instructor in
Latin and English in Woodstock college. In 1873 he
was appointed instructor in mathematics and the physical
sciences in the high school at Ann Arbor, Mich. He has
published Complete School Register (Detroit, 1878) ;
Complete Class Register (1878) ; System of School Re
ports (1878); Complete Record Book (1879); Arith
metical Cabinet ( 1879) ; and a Manual of Practical Phys
ics (1886) ; in connection with Dr. Carhart, Elements of
Physics (1893); Physical Laboratory Manual (1894);
in connection with Dr. Carhart, High School Physics
(1901) ; in connection with Dr. Carhart, Physics (1912).



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ROBERT WILLIAM THOMPSON, JR.,

Lawyer,

Was born May 20, 1874, in New York city; son of Robert
William and Martha Macfarlan Thompson; educated in
public schools, college city of New York, A.B., 1893,
Columbia college, A.M., 1894, Columbia law school,
LL.B., 1896. Admitted to bar 1896 and since then in
active practice in New York city; member law firm of
Thompson, Warren and Pelgram. His family has re
sided on West 97th street continuously for seventy years,
and his grandfather, Adam Thompson, once cultivated a
farm of four or five acres near the present junction of
Broadway and 97th street. Republican. Member Alpha
Delta Phi and Phi Delta Phi fraternities, Albion lodge,
F. and A. M., Association Bar City of New York, West
End association. Clubs: Republican, Englewood Golf,
Columbia University.

CHARLES HEALY DITSON,

Publisher of Music,

Was born Aug. 11, 1845, and is a son of the late Oliver
Ditson, founder of the house of Oliver Ditson and com
pany, in Boston. He was educated in the schools of Bos
ton, and began business life as an employe in his father s
store. He showed capacity and was admitted to the firm
in 1867. The same year the firm established a branch
house in New York city, under the name of Charles H.
Ditson and company, incorporated under New York laws,
and Charles has, since that time, made New York city his
home. He is president of the now incorporated firm of
The Oliver Ditson company, in Boston, and president of
Charles H. Ditson and company, of New York. Mr. Dit
son belongs to the Players club and the New England so
ciety of New York city, and the Algonquin club of
Boston.



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JOHN EBERHARD FABER,

Lead Pencil Manufacturer,

Was born March 14, 1859, in New York city, was chris
tened John Robert Faber and was educated at the school
of mines, Columbia college, and in Nurenberg, Germany,
and Paris, France. He then entered the office of his fath
er, where he learned every necessary detail of the manu
facture and sale of lead pencils. In 1879, he took charge
of the business in America, and then received permission
from the courts to change his middle name to Eberhard.
Several years later, he admitted his brother Lothar to the
firm. Mr. Faber is a very capable manager of his busi
ness. He operates a factory in Brooklyn, and derives his
supply of red cedar from Florida, which state alone grows
this wood in perfection. Mr. Faber operates a large cedar
yard and factory in Cedar Keys, Florida, at which the red
cedar logs are sawed into slabs, ready for transportation
to New York or Europe. His agents are continually ex
ploring Florida for cedar lands, and have purchased for
him large tracts of the standing timber. He was married
in 1887 to Abby Boles Adams.

JAMES HUTCHINS BAKER,

President of the State University of Colorado,
Was born Oct. 13, 1848, in Harmony, Maine. He entered
Bates college, at Lewiston, Maine, in 1869, and graduated
from that institution in 1873. He afterwards became
principal of the Yarmouth, Maine, high school. In 1875
he became principal of the Denver, Col., high school, and
from that time identified himself closely with the educa-
itonal interests of Colorado. In 1892 he was elected pres
ident of the university of Colorado. He was president of
the National council of education in 1892, and president
of the National association of state universities in 1907.
He is a fellow of the American association for the ad
vancement of Science. Dr. Baker was prominent in the
scheme of harmonizing and unifying the work of secon-



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dary education through the entire country, and was one
of the committee of ten, whose report on Secondary Edu
cation in the United States, was published in 1893. In
connection with the National educational association he
has contributed many valuable papers to educational
science, has served on many important committees of the
N.E.A. and of the National association of state univer
sities, and has been prominent in organizing investiga



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