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of Porto Rico; is vice-governor and a member of the up
per house of the Portorican legislature; and prominent in
government reforms.


Lawyer of New York City,

Was born March 21, 1871, in Houghton, Mich. He is a
director of the Norfolk Southern Railroad company, the
Ahmeek Mining Company and the Harbison Walker Re
fractories company.



Journalist and Statesman,

Was born November 8, 1860, in Woodstock, New Bruns
wick, Canada. He was educated in the Main Normal
School. He is past-president of the Florida Press As
sociation; past vice-president of the National Editorial
Association; is editor and proprietor of the Florida Fra
ternal Record; and is on the editorial staff of the Florida
Times-Union. He has been elected to office over two
hundred times, and belongs to more secret societies than
any other man in the United States. He has also been
county commissioner; member of the city council; and
member of the school board of Jacksonville, Fla. ; and
also secretary of the National Good Roads Association.
He is a successful journalist and lecturer; and resides in
Jacksonville, Fla.


President of Highland College, Kansas,
Was born July 6, 1869, in Vernon County, Wis. He
graduated from the Wisconsin State Normal school, the
upper Iowa university, the Taylor university and the
university of Michigan; and has received the degrees of
M.A. and M.S. He was ordained a minister of the Pres
byterian church; has been principal of schools in Wiscon
sin and North Dakota; and filled professorships in upper
Iowa university and in Bellevue college of Nebraska.
Since 1909 he has been president of Highland college of


Physician, Author,

Was born June 17, 1852, in England. He has conducted
a large practice in St. Louis, and is also surgeon of the
Good Samaritan hospital. He is the author of Alcohol,
its Rational Use; The Use of Anaesthetics; and The
Hygiene of Consumption.




Was born August 23, 1842, at St. Joseph, Mich., son of
Hiram and Jane Reese Tilton (Liston) Brown. His
father (1804 83) was born at Groton, N. Y., and settled
in Michigan in 1833, being one of its earliest pioneers and
prominent in the grain forwarding business. In 1848 he
removed to Chicago, 111., and was for a time one of the
members of the Chicago board of trade. His wife was
the daughter of William Liston of Michigan. Liberty
Brown, the father of Hiram Brown, lived at Groton, N.Y.
He raised a company which took a prominent part in the
war of 1812 and was actively engaged at Fort Niagara and
vicinity in that campaign. William L. Brown went to
Chicago when six years of age and received his early edu
cation in the Chicago public schools, notably at the Jones
public school, which he attended during 1852 56. The
following two years he spent at the Garden City Academy.
His first business position was as a clerk with the commis
sion house of H. Bacon and company, which he held until
the outbreak of the civil war, when he became a member
of the famous Chicago battery of light artillery and with
which he served until the close of the war. He served
with his battery through the Mississippi River, Louisiana,
Texas and Alabama campaigns. He was at Vicksburg in
the Red River expedition and at the capture of Mobile.
From private he rose to quartermaster sergeant, with
which distinction he received his honorable discharge at
the close of the war. Within a few weeks he had accepted
a position with A.A.Meeker as cashier and bookkeeper
and in 1871 he became a partner in the firm of A.B.
Meeker and company. In 1883 he bought out Mr.
Meeker s interest in the business and founded the new
widely known firm of Pickands, Brown and company,
which since that time has grown to be one of the largest
handlers of pig iron and coke in America. In 1904


Pickand, Brown and company was incorporated with an
authorized capital of $1,500,000. In 1890 he helped to
organize the Chicago Shipbuilding company, which after
ward became one of the most important industries of the
Great Lakes and in 1889 he was elected president of the
American Shipbuilding company, of which he later was
chairman of the board of directors. He is president of
South Chicago Furnace company, one of the largest ma
nufacturers of pig iron; he is also a director of the First
National Bank of Chicago, the First Trust and Savings
Bank of Chicago, the Federal Furnace Co., the Lacka-
wanna Steel company, and a large number of lake ship
yard and steamship corporations. The life of William L.
Brown represents the opening up and development of the
pig-iron manufacture of the central West. In forty years
of active service in this field he has tended and watched
this development as one of the guiding minds, having been
connected actively with and interested in over thirty
blast furnaces, all situated in the Lake Superior district.
For many years a member of the Chicago Board of Trade,
and he is a member of the society of naval architects and
marine engineers; and the American Iron and Steel 1 in
stitute. His leading club associations are the Chicago,
Commercial, Evanston county and a large number of
other social organizations in Chicago and other cities. His
principal recreations are golf and fishing. While Mr.
Brown has not entered largely into public life and has
never accepted a public office, he has, however, done much
for the public good generally and in Chicago is a member
of the board of trustees of Northwestern university and the
Chicago Orchestral association. On Sept. 27, 1871, he
was married to Catherine, daughter of Dr. Stephen Sey
mour of Chicago.



Was born in Rathkeale, county Limerick, Ireland, June
18, 1844, son of James and Ellen (O Connor) Hanrahan.
His father removed with his family to New York city in
1850, where the son became a pupil of the public school
and the free academy. He then entered the New York
Medical University, where his studies were interrupted
in 1861 by his entering the U. S. Navy as assistant surgeon.
He served in the Potomac flotilla until Aug. 23, 1863,
when the vessel on which he was serving was captured, and
all on board made prisoners. After six weeks imprison
ment in Richmond he was paroled. While a paroled
prisoner in Washington he attended a course of lectures at
the medical department of the Georgetown University. In
1864 he was exchanged, and ordered to duty in the north
atlantic squadron, where he served until discharged in
July, 1865. He received his diploma from the medical
department of the New York University in 1867, and
practiced in New York city until the spring of 1869, when
he removed to Rutland^ Vt., and built up an extensive
practice. Outside of hib professional duties Dr. Hanra
han has been county commissioner, trustee of the village
of Rutland, as well as the president of the board, and vil
lage president. He was appointed president of the Rut
land county pension board in 1885 by president Cleveland.
President Harrison continued him in office. He resigned
in 1893 to accept the postmastership of Rutland by ap
pointment from president Cleveland. Dr. Hanrahan is a
strong Irish nationalist, a potential factor in the Rutknd
Land league, and a delegate to all the national conven
tions. He has served as chairman of the Rutland County
democratic committee, and as a member of the state com
mittee. He was a delegate to the democratic national con
ventions af 1884, and chairman of the delegation in 1892.
Dr. Hanrahan is a member of the local G. A. R. post, and


has served on the staffs of Commanders-ih-chief Veazey,
Palmer, and Weissert, and has been medical director of
the department of Vermont. He is director of the Rut
land Hospital (Hotel Dieu), Winooski, Vt. In his re
ligious creed he is a Roman Catholic, worshipping with
the congregation of St. Peter s in Rutland. Dr. Hanrahan
was married Feb. 12, 1870, to Mary, daughter of Bernard
and Elizabeth (Halpin) Riley, of Willingford. She died
in April 1882. On Oct. 31, 1883 he was married to Fran
ces, daughter of Dr. John and Mary (Hughes) Keenan,
of Rutland. There have been six children born as a result
of the second marriage. In 1911 he was elected Surgeon-
general of the Grand Army of the Republic.


Lawyer, Statesman,

Was born June 17, 1858, in New Orleans, La. He was
educated at the Jesuits college of New Orleans, La.;
studied two years at St. Johns college of Fordham, N.Y. ;
in 1879 graduated from Harvard; and in 1881 graduated
from the law department of Tulane university. He began
the practice of law in 1881. In 1881 he was special
counsel for the United States before the French and
American claims commission. In 1889 he helped sup
press the Mafia in New Orleans. He was a leader of the
independent democracy in Louisiana; in 1896 was a can
didate for United States senator; and it was claimed
he was elected. He was a conspicuous leader in the
campaign of 1899, which brought about the drainage and
sewerage of New Orleans, and which gave that city a
pure and clear water plant. He served as a member of
the board of administrators of the Tulane university edu
cational fund; is a member of the Boston Club of New
Orleans University, the Brook, Harvard and of other
clubs of New York and Washington. His home is in
New Orleans, and he resides in summer at Manchester,




Was born in Philadelphia, Pa., Apr. 10, 1843, the son of
Rev. J. L. Burrows, well known in the Baptist circles of
Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Lansing was
graduated from Wake Forest College at the age of nine
teen, after interrupting his studies by two enlistments, hav
ing been for some time a prisoner of war. After gradu
ating he again enlisted, and served until 1864. During
his college vacation, when not in the field, he reported the
proceedings of the Virginia legislature for the Enquirer,
writing later for the Times and the Bulletin, until Gen.
Terry suppressed the latter for condemning reconstruction
abuses. He then taught for a year in the Stanford Aca
demy. He had experienced religion at fifteen, and deter
mining to enter the ministry, was ordained in 1867, and
became pastor of the Stanford Baptist church. He then
married Lulie, the daughter of Col. C. H. Rochester, of
Danville, Ky., and after preaching in Missouri, accepted
a call to Bordentown, N. J., to the church of the gifted
Wm. Staughton. After five years service there he went
to Newark, N. J., thence to Lexington, Ky., and in 1883
located in Augusta, Ga. After seventeen years of active
service in one of the most prominent churches of this
delightful city, he was called to the First Baptist church,
Nashville, Tenn., when he became prominent in modern
Sunday school efforts, and the author of much Sunday
school literature. The loss of his wife and advancing
years led him to a quiet retirement to the pleasant city of
Americus, Ga., where he remains as part of the First
Baptist church. (1911.) In 1871 he received A.M. from
Princeton College, and Madison University, N.Y., and
D.D. from Bethel College, Ky., in 1883. Dr. Burrows is
one of the leading pulpit orators of the country, and has
won repute as a powerful minister in the best churches
North and South. In religious work he has led, He


draws large memberships, and has raised great church
funds. He has added hundreds to his present church
and increased everyone he has served. He lifted a twenty-
five thousand debt from his Newark church, raised five
thousand dollars to remodel the Augusta church, and in
1882 secured five thousand dollars at the Southern Baptist
convention for the Colosseum church in New Orleans.
He has devised new financial and working methods, thus
showing himself a model of the modern clergyman, who
must be not only a preacher, but also a man of business.
Dr. Burrows has a genius for statistics, and was a useful
secretary to the Kentucky railroad commission: he pre
pared the church figures for the convention, and was for
seven years editor of the "American Baptist Year Book."
He has been, since 1881, the secretary of the Southern
Baptist convention, the general body of that denomination
in the Southern state.


Statesman of Ohio,

Was born Jan. 30, 1836, six miles west of Springfield,
Ohio. He served in the union army and became major-
general of the United States volunteers. In 1868 69 he
served as a member of the Ohio state senate; and was de-
legate-at-large from Ohio to the republican national con
vention. For four terms during 1877 85 he was a mem
ber of congress; and was speaker of the forty-seventh
congress in 1881 83. Since 1873 ne nas been president
of the Lagonda national bank, of Springfield, Ohio. In
1869 71 he was department commander of Ohio Grand
Army of the Republic; and Ohio commander-in-chief in
1872. During the Spanish-American war he was major-
general in command of. the first division seventh corps
volunteer army. He was a member of the fifty-ninth,
sixtieth and sixty-first congress from Ohio as a republican.



Banker and Capitalist,

Was born in Newark, Ohio, March 25, 1867, son of
Erasmus P. and Ella (Harrington) White; educated in
school s of Newark, Ohio; member of the firm of White
and Company, bankers, New York city; president and
director of Columbia Gas and Electric company, Cincin
nati, Ohio; vice-president and director Cleveland Salt
company; director and member of executive committee
of Union Gas and Electric company; director of Windsor
Trust company, Independent Salt company, Brooklyn,
Cincinnati Gas Transportation company, Union Light,
Heat and Power company, Covington, Ky., Cincinnati,
Newport and Covington Street Railway company, Cov
ington, Ky., Bellevue Water, Fuel and Gaslight company,
Bellevue, Ky., Dayton Electric Light and Power com
pany, Dayton, Ky., Covington Gas Light company, Cov
ington, Ky., Citizens Municipal Light and Power com
pany, Covington, Ky., South Covington and Cincinnati
Street Railway company, Covington, Ky., Covington and
Latonia Railway company, Covington, Ky., Newport
Electric Street Railway company, Covington, Cincinnati
and Rosedale Railway company, Cincinnati, West Cov
ington and Ludlow Street Railway company, Covington,
Cincinnati, Covington and Erlanger Street Railway com
pany, Covington, Ky. ; president and director Cincinnati
Union Depot and Terminal company. Address: 25
Pine street, New York city, and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lawyer and Statesman of Franklin, Pa.,
Where he was born Dec. i, 1876. He is a successful
lawyer and journalist; and in 1905 09 was chairman of
the prohibition state committee of Pennsylvania. He is
general manager of the Venango Printing company; and
prominently identified with the business and public af
fairs of his community.



Was born August 29, 1854, m Chancellorsville, Spottsyl-
vania county, Va. ; son of D. Josephine and Dr. J. Edgar
Chancellor. His father was descended from James Chan
cellor, a gallant officer of the British army, of the seven
teenth century, whose sword of honor was long preserved
as a family relic, and whose descendant, John Chancellor,
was among the first settlers in Westmoreland county, Va.
His ancestors on the maternal side were a daughter of
Sir William Cary, lord mayor of Bristol, England, and
Thomas Anderson, a well-known naval architect, whose
descendants came to Glouster county, Va., about 1700.
The early education of young Chancellor was obtained
through a private governess and at the select schools of
his native county at Charlottesville and Locust Dale
academy, Va. In October, 1870, he became assistant
cashier and bookkeeper to a railroad official at Columbus,
Ga., which position he was obliged to give up at the end
of fourteen months on account of ill health. He was
matriculated at the university of Virginia in 1871-2,
entering the classical and civil engineering departments,
from which he received several certificates of proficiency.
In 1874 he entered the medical department of the univer
sity of Virginia, and was graduated with honor June 29,
1876. He next attended the clinics at the university of
Pennsylvania for several weeks, and while there received
the appointment of prosecutor to the chair of Anatomy
in the university of Maryland and clinical assistant in the
hospital. Upon matriculating as a student in the univer
sity of Maryland, school of medicine, he received his
second diploma in 1877. In 1878 he was appointed assist
ant resident physician in the university hospital, which
position he held for twelve months, acting for the greater
part of the time as chief physician during the illness and
absence of his colleague. He returned to the university
of Virginia in 1879 and formed a co-partnership with his


father, and became a member of the Medical Society of
Virginia. Desiring a wider field of operation, in 1880 he
emigrated to St. Louis, Mo., where his ability and enter
prise gained him a large and lucrative practice, and
where he soon became medical examiner to some twenty
of the most popular fraternal and benevolent orders, and
a member of the St. Louis Medical Society (1882), and
afterwards its corresponding secretary (1883). In 1884
the degree of Master of Arts was conferred upon him
by the St. Louis university. He was one of the founders
in 1885 of the Beaumont Hospital Medical College, fill
ing the chair of Cutaneous and venereal Diseases, until
1900, when he resigned, having been appointed special
examiner and referee for many stock and mutual life and
accident insurance companies. In 1886 he became an
active member of the American Medical Association, and
in the same year was elected supreme medical director of
the Legion of Honor, was afterwards appointed supervis
ing medical examiner of the Royal Arcanum for Mis
souri, and in 1891 was made medical director of the Na
tional Guard of Missouri with the rank of lieutenant-
colonel. Through his efforts the Association of Military
Surgeons of the United States met in St. Louis in 1892,
on which occasion Colonel Chancellor was elected its
secretary and soon afterwards made editor of the annual 1
publications. In 1895 he became a member of the Medic-
Legal Society of New York, and in 1896 the major part
of the year found him in Europe visiting hospitals and
attending the clinics. In 1902, elected vice-president of
American Congress of Tuberculosis, and in 1903 made
a member of the American Electro-Therapeutic Associa
tion, and since the World s Fair in St. Louis (1904) he
has limited his professional routine to the specialty of
medical examiner and adjuster for life, accident, health
and liability insurance companies, for which he holds the
expert position for more than a score of such organiza-


tions. He is an active master Mason, a Knight of Pythias,
Knight templar, a noble of the Mystic Shrine, Scottish
rite Mason, and Benevolent order of Elks. Among Dr.
Chancellor s many contributions to the medical press are:
"Researches upon the Treatment of Delirium Tremens"
(1881); "Successful Operations for the Deformity of
Burnt Wrist" (1881) ; "Treatment of Diabetes Insipidus"
(1883); "Gonorrhoel Articular Rheumatism" (1883);
"Syphilis in Men" (1884) ; "Causes of Sexual Depravity
and a Remedy" (1885) > etc - He also published "The
Correlation of Physical and Vital Forces" (1887);
"Woman in her Social Sphere" (1885) ; "Marriage Phi
losophy" (1886); "The Pacific Slope and Its Scenery"
(1890) ; and numerous valuable papers on special cases
that have come under his personal observation and treat


United States Naval Officer,

Was born September 16, 1860, in Annapolis, Md. In
1876 he was appointed a cadet, and a midshipman in
1882. In 1893 he attained the rank of lieutenant com
mander, and in 1907 commander. Since 1909 he has been
assigned to duty as a naval attache to the court of St.
James, London, England; and in 1911 was appointed


Architect of Denver, Colo.,

Where he was born March 27, 1876. He was educated in
the University of Pennsylvania; and in 1898 1900 was
professor of drawing in New York city public schools.
He is secretary and director of the National Union Salt
Company. He is a member of the American Institute
of Architects and a member of several Denver clubs and
fraternal societies.



United States Consul,

Was born February u, 1839, in Norwich, N. Y. He
learned the printing business on the Cleveland Leader;
and subsequently became editor-in-chief of that publica
tion. He served two terms as representative of the Ohio
legislature ; has been president of several societies ; and de
livered lectures in various cities. Was made an officer of
the French academy for literary work done in the French
language. He speaks French, German, Italian and Span
ish; and has traveled extensively in all parts of the world.
In 1879 he was appointed U.S. counsel by president Me
Kinley, a position which he resigned in 1909; and has
since been engaged in literary work, continuing his resi
dence in Lyons.


Chief Secretary of the Royal Highlanders,
Was born December 26, 1861, in Greene county, Pa.
He was editor of the Hamilton County Advocate ; and for
twelve years was editor of Royal Highlander. In 1910
i i he was mayor of the City of Aurora, Neb. He was
one of the original founders of the Royal 1 Highlanders, a
fraternal society now having thirty thousand members,
and of which he is chief secretary.


Secretary and Director of New York City,
Where he was born March 7, 1863. He was educated in
the public schools and at the Cooper Institute of his
native city. In 1888 he was admitted to the bar; and in
1906 was a legislative representative in Washington, D.C.
He is secretary and director of the Baltimore and South
ern Railroad company; and has been secretary of the
National Liberal Immigation league since 1905. He is
a member of the Society of Medical Jurisprudence; and
a member of and director in various societies, institutions
and corporations.



Brigadier-General United States Army,
Was born October 9 1843, in Kalida, Putnam county,
Ohio. During the civil war he served in the twent-first
regiment Ohio volunteer infantry. In 1867 he graduated
from the United States military academy of West Point,
N.Y. In 1879-83 he was instructor of cavalry tactics at
West Point; 1888-1890, member of tactical board United
States army that devised the drill regulations for the cav
alry, infantry and field artillery, "The Manual of Guard
Duty;" 1867-1901 was second and first lieutenant, captain
and manager of the 7th United States cavalry and partici
pated in all the campaigns of that regiment under Gen
eral Custer and other commanders; author of "Custer s
Last Battle;" 1899 in command of the port and province
of Pinar del Rio, Cuba; 1901-1907, colonel 9th United
States cavalry; 1902 in command of fifth brigade, lloilo,
Philippine Islands; 1904-1907 commandant school of ap
plication for cavalry and field artillery at Fort Riley,
Kansas, and of the department of Missouri, headquarters
at Omaha, Neb.; 1907 appointed brigadier-General in
United States army; 1905-6 was commander of the Kan
sas; commander of the Royal Legion of the United States.
Retired 1907. Awarded the congressional medal of
Honor "for most distinguished gallantry in landing his
men in the battle at Bear Paw mountains against the Nez
Perce Indians, September 30, 1877, where he was severely
wounded," and had his horse shot under him; also brev-
etted major for this same action; 1908-11 resided at Tuc
son and Phoenix, Arizona; department commander Ari
zona G.A.R. ; 1910-11, Masonic: Blue Lodge, chapter
and council (Ottawa, Ohio) ; Knight Templar (Lima,
Ohio) ; 32-degree Scottish rite (Cincinnati, Ohio) ;
Clubs: "West Point, Mass." (N.Y.) ; "Army and Navy"
(Washington, D.C.) ; "Army and Navy" (Manilla, P.
I.) ; "Fort Riley" (Kansas) ; "Arizona" (Phoenix, Ariz.).



Minnesota has among her citizens none of whom she

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