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nel Millsaps began life entirely anew by engaging in
hauling cotton to market with a wagon and two mules,
which a comrade and he had been allowed by General
Grant to bring home. With his earnings, he opened a
store at Brookhaven, Miss. This business, carried on
with great success for fifteen years, ended in Colonel
Millsaps engaging in a wholesale grocery trade in St.
Louis, from which he retired in 1884 with a fortune.
Extended travel in Europe followed, and in 1886 he
established The Capital State Bank of Jackson, and has
since devoted his time mainly to banking, being also
president of the Merchants and Planters bank in Hazel-
hurst, Miss. ; director in the First National bank in Vicks-
burg and the First National bank in Greenville, Miss.,
and a stockholder in many other institutions of that class.
Some other investments, including real estate, have added
to his resources. Colonel Millsaps founded Millsaps
college in the city of Jackson, giving nearly $250,000 for
the purpose. He was president of the Southern Chautau-


qua assembly at Mont Eagle, Tenn. fifteen years and
also shows philantropic spirit by interest in other enter
prises. He is a national republican in politics, a Metho
dist in religion, a self-made man, and noted for honor
and high character. He is vice-president of the Capital
National bank, Jackson, Miss.; vice-president of the Citi
zens Savings Bank and Trust company, Jackson, Miss.;
president of the Merchants and Planters bank, Hazel-
hurst, Miss.; president of the Bank of Forest, Fortsa,
Miss. ; director in the First National bank, Vicksburg,
Miss., and First National bank, Greenville, Miss. He
is the founder of Millsaps college, situated in Jackson,
giving nearly two hundred and fifty thousand dollars to
that institution. He was president of the Mont Eagle,
Tenn., Chautauqua assembly for 15 years; now treasurer
of the American Red Cross for the state of Mississippi,
and trustee and treasurer of Millsaps college. He is also
director of Brookhaven Bank and Trust company, Brook-
haven, Miss., and director in Bank of Georgetown,
Georgetown, Miss., and a stockholder in numerous other
banks in the state; also trustee of Vanderbilt university,
Nashville, Tenn.


United States Naval Officer,

Was born September 22, 1868, in Salem, Mass. He was
educated in Switzerland, France and Germany; and
graduated in civil engineering from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. In 1890-97 he was engaged in
general engineering, bridge construction and in railway
location, construction and management. In 1898 he was
in charge of surveys made by the Nicaraugua canal com
mission. He is the author of "Ocean to Ocean, an Ac
count Personal and Historical of Nicaraugua and Its



Was born in Newmanstown, Lebanon county, Pa., April
28, 1847. He moved with his parents to Reading in 1848,
and has been a resident of the city ever since. He was
educated in the private school, and at seventeen years of
age entered a dry good store as salesman at $75.00 a year;
learned the business, and after a four months tour of
Europe in 1868 opened the Globe Dry Goods store, which
he conducted with originality and success until the latter
part of 1874. Meanwhile he had become manager of the
Academy of Music, the first modern theater in Reading,
erected by his father, Joseph Mishler, and opened Octo
ber i, 1872. This he managed until 1886, when the pres
ent Academy of Music, of which he was the manager
until May i, 1908, was erected by a stock company, with
himself as a member. In 1873 he established the "Mish
ler Theater Circuit" of eastern Pennsylvania, having the
aters in nine cities, which he controlled for years, the first
theatrical circuit in America. He withdrew from the
theatrical business entirely in 1910. In 1877-1878 he
toured the country as manager of the Swedish Ladies
Vocal Quartette, and was manager of Bartholomew s
celebrated equine paradox for five years, 1881-1886. Mr.
Mishler has been a contributor to various newspapers
for his travels in America and Europe, and has run special
departments in advertising of unique designs. He is the
first associate member of the Press club, Reading, and has
continued a liberal friend since. He was one of the di
rectors of the Penn Street Passenger Railway company,
organized in 1874, the first street car line in the city; was
one of the organizers of the Reading board of health,
and in 1891 organized the Berks County Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, of which he was the
president for five years. He has been engaged liberally
and progressively in all public movements, many char
ities, and was the first secretary of the Associated charities


of Reading, giving attention to systematic benevolence.
On November 15, 1894, ^ e organized the Pennsylvania
Billposters association and has been its progressive presi
dent ever since. He erected the first public drinking
fountain in Pennsylvania at Reading; chairman finance
committee Reading s semi-centennial 1898, and settled
all accounts within fifteen days after celebration week;
twice treasurer of finance committee, state conclave
Knights Templar; treasurer of finance committee 39th
annual encampment Pennsylvania Grand Army of the
Republic 1905; member of the Reading sanitarium for
the treatment of tuberculosis 1905-6; a member of Phila
delphia sovereign consistory 32nd degree masons, Read
ing commandery No. 42 Knights Templar; charter mem
ber Isaac Hiester lodge No. 660 F. and A. M., Reading
lodge of Perfection, Ancient accepted Scottish rites, noble
of Rajah Temple Ancient Arabic order, nobles of the
Mystic Shrine. In all respects one of Reading s foremost


Lawyer and Statesman,

Was born May 31, 1840, in Lancashire, Scotland. He
studied in St. Lawrence academy of Kentucky; and in the
Fulton seminary of Lewiston, 111. Since 1862 he has
engaged in the practice of law, and since 1874 m Denver,
Colo. In 1872-73 he was mayor of Central City, Colo.
In 1867-71 and in 1874-75 he was a member of the Colo
rado house of representatives; was chairman of the demo
cratic state central committee in 1876-77. He is a lecturer
on common law pleading in the university of Colorado.
In 1897 he was president of the Colorado Bar association,
and in 1900-01 was president of the Denver Bar associa



The elder of the two sons of Elisha C. Otis, was born
April 29, 1835, m Troy, N.Y. During his youth he at
tended school at Halifax, Vt.,. and at Albany, N.Y. From
early boyhood he manifested a great fondness for mechan
ics of every kind. At the age of thirteen he began his
apprenticeship as machinist under his father. At sev
enteen he was greatly interested in steam engines and
received the position of engineer in a large manufactory
at Yonkers, N.Y., of which his father was superintendent
of machinery. Earlier he was very ambitious to become
an engineer on one of the great ocean liners. He was a
young man of determined purpose and doubtless but for
the removal of his father about this time to Yonkers, N.Y.,
he would have accomplished it. He accompanied and
assisted his father in his early operations in Yonkers. He
was quick to see the possibilities of the elevator (a sketch
of the Otis Bros, and company elevator works is given
in the chapter on "Yonkers Industries") that his father
had invented, and urged him to devote himself exclusively
to the making and introducing, etc., throughout the world.
Mr. Otis manifested the same integrity, business ability
and genius of invention as his father. He has been closely
connected with various large business interests, also real
estate improvements of this city. He was formerly a
member of the Westminster church, and for twelve years
was superintendent of the Sunday school and an elder of
the church. He was chairman of the committee at the
time of the building of the Westminster Presbyterian
church. For the last fourteen years he has been connected
with the First Presbyterian church. He was married
August 28, 1861, to Caroline F. Boyd. They have had
no children, but have reared and educated several or
phans and others. Mr. Otis was appointed a member of
the board of education in 1886, and served continuously
for twenty-four years. For several years he was chairman


of the committee on teachers and instruction, and also a
member of other important committees at different times.
A very considerable part of his time was devoted to vis
iting and inspecting schools. While a member of the
board of education he endeavored to his utmost to get
and finally succeeded in getting fireproof stairways in all
of the twenty public schools of the city of Yonkers, and
persistently urged regular weekly firedrills of the chil
dren. He is a steadfast friend of the teachers and chil
dren and believes that the public schools should be lifted
to the highest standard; to that end he devoted much of
his time and efforts. He has been a great traveler, having
visited Europe several times. His published letters dur
ing his visits abroad are of some interest. Mr. Otis is an
extensive reader, and owner of a valuable special library,
including both a classical collection and a wide range of
scientific subjects.


Manufacturer of Newark, N . J.,

Was born January 3, 1846, in Jersey City, N.J. His first
American ancestor, Robert Murphy, came from England
in 1766, and that Robert s son, Robert, born in Connecti
cut, served in the Revolution in the Bergen county, N.J.,
militia. Robert, jr., had a son, William, who served in
the War of 1812, and his grandson, Franklin Murphy,
continued the military history of the family in the War
of the Rebellion. The son of Williams Hays Murphy
and Elizabeth Hagar, his wife, Franklin Murphy came,
with his parents, to Newark when he was ten years old,
and has resided there ever since. While at the Newark
academy, at the age of sixteen, he enlisted in the i3th
New Jersey volunteers, and saw active service in the army
of the Potomac and under General Sherman until the close
of the war. Mr. Murphy was first lieutenant when he
was mustered out. This patriotic duty finished, Mr.


Murphy entered business, and in 1865 founded the firm
of Murphy and company, varnish manufacturers, of
Newark. Since then his time, energies and great business
capacity have been devoted, in the main, to the promotion
of this trade. The Murphy varnishes are now sold all
over the world, and the Murphy Varnish company, which
succeeded the firm in 1891, and of which Mr. Murphy
is president, has factories in Newark, Chicago and Cleve
land, and transacts an enormous business. Mr. Murphy
has had happy relations with those in his employment,
and has been a sincere advocate of such measures in busi
ness and in government, as would best secure liberal wages
and steady occupation for workingmen. Socially, Frank
lin Murphy has many pleasant relations in a private and
public way, both in this country and abroad, and is a
member of many organizations, among them the Union
League and Century clubs of New York city, the Union
League club of Chicago, the Loyal Legion, the Essex
and Essex County Country clubs of Newark, the Sons of
the American Revolution, of which he has been president
general, and other associations. His residence in Newark
and a summer home at Mendham are elegant houses of
genial hospitality. Mr. Murphy has continued by ac
tivities in politics an interest in public affairs, whichi
began by service as a soldier. He has served as member
of the Newark common council and of the New Jersey
legislature, is now chairman of the republican state com
mittee, and is active in each campaign. He was governor
of New Jersey 1902-1905. In business associations he has
had the usual responsibilities placed upon successful men
in connection with public institutions, banks and societies.
Happily gifted in manner, disposition and taste, enter
prising and original in business ideas, personally liked
most by those who know him best, and as frank in declar
ing his principles as he is sincere in maintaining them,
his career has been rounded with success and marked by


the appreciation of men whose good opinion is best worth
having. Mr. Murphy was married in Newark in 1868 to
Janet Colwell, daughter of Israel D. Colwell and Cath
erine C. G. Hoghland, and his two children are Franklin,
jr., Helen M., now Mrs. Wm. B. Kinney.

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Was born in St. Louis, Mo., August 10, 1862. His father,
one of the most eminent literary men in the West, super
intended his early musical education, after which he had
as instructors several celebrated musicians, notably W.
Goldner of Paris in composition, and Charles Kunkel in
pianoforte playing. Up to his twenty-third year Mr.
Kroeger was employed in mercantile business, but in the
meantime he prosecuted his musical studies with great
energy and enthusiasm, finally entering upon a musical
career on November i, 1885. As a pianist he has been
heard frequently in concerts, and in conjunction with Mr.
Charles Kunkel has made a great specialty of duo playing
upon two pianofortes. In his recitals he has played over
five hundred pieces by memory. He was for eight years
organist of Trinity Episcopal church, and has been for
some time organist of the Church of the Messiah (Uni
tarian), both of St. Louis. In the latter church Mr.
Kroeger has conducted a fine chorus choir, which has
rendered works by such composers as Beethoven, Bach,
Handel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Gounod, Spohr, Dvorak,
Haydn, Schubert, Weber and others. As a conductor, in
addition to the chorus above mentioned he has had charge
of the musical features of the McCullough club, is di
rector of the "Amphion" male chorus, and for ten years
led the Morning Choral club, composed of fifty ladies.
Mr. Kroeger served as president of the Music Teachers
National association (1896-1897), and in 1904 he was
appointed master of programs of the bureau of music at
the St. Louis World s Fair. For his services in the latter


capacity the French government elected him an officer
of the Academy. But it is as a composer that Mr. Kroeger
has achieved his greatest reputation. His works, pub
lished and unpublished, are in nearly all branches of mu
sic. They include many pianoforte pieces, songs, church
music, and other smaller compositions. In larger fields,
Mr. Kroeger has written a great deal of chamber music,
notably his "Quintet for Pianoforte and Strings," given
with great success at the Music Teachers National asso
ciation at Detroit in 1890, also a "Symphony for Orches
tra," "Four Symphonic Overtures," and a "Pianoforte
Concerto." One eminent musical critic says: "His work
is based upon the modern romantic style, such as Raff,
Schwarwenka, and Moszkowski have been developing.
The compositions by Mr. Kroeger prove him to be a
thorough artist, that his knowledge of counterpoint is
profound, and that he does not need to wander about for
the effects he wishes to produce. His compositions are
full of sparkling originality and are artistically devel
oped. . Mr. Kroeger, in his many beautiful works, shows
that he is able to use the modern school and even some
of the Wagnerian effects without forgetting that a com
poser s individuality must be kept uppermost in all his
writings. He is an American writer who not only pos
sesses contrapuntal skill, but a decided gift for melody."


Lawyer of Wichita, Kan.,

Was born February 17, 1858, near Paris, Ky. He re
ceived a thorough education; was admitted to the bar
and soon attained success in the practice of his profession.
He is prominently identified with the business and public
affairs of his city and state, and has filled numerous posi
tions of trust and honor.




Was born October 29, 1848, in Rye, N.H.; son of Rev.
Israel Taintor Otis and Olive (Morgan) Otis. He is a
descendant from John Otis, who came to America in 163 $,
and is grandson of a Revolutionary soldier. He was edu
cated in Phillips Exeter academy; was graduated from
Harvard college as A.B. in 1871, and from Harvard
medical school as M.D. in 1877. He nas been engaged in
practice, since graduation, in Boston. His specialty is
disease of the lungs and climatology; and he has done
much work in the crusade against tuberculosis. He
founded the tuberculosis department of Boston dispen
sary, the first of its kind in the United States, and is its
senior physician; is professor of diseases of the lungs
and of climatology in Tufts college medical school, and
consulting phyiscian of the Massachusetts state sanatori
um for tuberculosis. He was formerly president of the
American Climatological association; is a director of the
National association for the Study and Prevention of
Tuberculosis; president of the Boston Association for the
Relief and Control of Tuberculosis; member of the
Public Health association, the American Academy of
Medicine, American Medical association, Boston Society
of Medical Improvement, Boston Medical Library asso
ciation; and he is a correspondent member of the Interna-
national Anti-Tuberculosis association. He has written
many articles, published in various medical journals, up
on tuberculosis and climate; and wrote a series of articles
upon climate and health resorts for Woods Handbook of
Medical Sciences, second edition; author of "The Great
White Plague;" author of article on tuberculosis in
Muller & Kelly s Practical Treatment. Dr. Otis is a
trustee of the Montgomery (Alabama) industrial school.
In politics he is a republican, and he is a deacon in the
Congregational church. Dr. Otis is a member of the


Massachusetts Society of Sons of the American Revolu
tion, and of the University club of Boston. He married
in Boston June 6, 1894, Marion Faxon, and they have
five children: Olive, born in 1895; John Faxon, born in
1898; Edward Osgood, Jr., born in 1900; William Faxon,
born in 1904; and Brooke Faxon, born in 1908.


Retired Business President,

Was born January 2, 1868, in Newburyport, Mass. He
is a successful broker and investor of Colorado Springs,
Col.; was the former president of the Colorado Mining
Exchange of Denver; and has been president of several
mining companies and various other corporations. At
present he is engaged in literary work, giving special
attention to genealogical research and colonial subjects.


Manufacturer, Banker and Author,
Was born January 24, 1835, in Paris, Oneida county, New
York. In 1856 he received the degree of A.B. from Ham
ilton college of New York; and subsequently received the
degrees of A.M. and LLID. In 1858-66 he practised law
in Kenosha, Wis. ; for four years was engaged in ranching
in Utah, and in 1872 located in Chicago, 111. Since 1890
he has been president of the Bush Temple conservatory;
is vice-president of the Continental Casualty company;
vice-president of the Protection Mutual Fire Insurance
company, and vice-president bank of Cedar Rapids, Neb.
He is a trustee of the Newberry library; president of the
Chicago Historical society, and has been twice president
of the Union League club of Chicago. He is the author
of Shakespeare s Insomnia and The Causes Thereof; A
Notable Lawsuit, and other works.



Orator and man of affairs,

Was born in Huntingdon, Pa., April 15, 1837. His an
cestors were long identified with the early history of
Pennsylvania. His grandfather, Andrew Porter, born in
Worcester, Pa., September 24, 1743, and the proprietor
of a scientific school in Philadelphia, left the arts of peace
in 1775 to join the forces of the American Revolution, as
captain of marines and then of artillery, served entirely
through the war, and was promoted from rank to rank
until he became colonel of the Fourth continental artil
lery, and later brigadier general. After the war he was
commissioned major general of militia and, after service
as commissioner for surveying the boundary lines between
Pennsylvania and Virginia, declined the positions of
brigadier general in the regular army and secretary of
war, tendered by President Madison. David R. Porter,
son of the latter, an iron master, located in Huntingdon,
served for a number of years in the senate of Pennsylvania
and was twice governor of the state. Horace, youngest
son of David R. Porter, was educated at the scientific
school of Harvard university and graduated from the
West Point military academy in 1860. He served in the
field during the civil war and during the four years of
that struggle rose through every grade of the regular
army up to that of brevet brigadier general. Promotion
by brevet was accorded to him on six different occasions
for "gallant and meritorious services." He served during
the latter part of the war upon General Grant s staff
and as private secretary to General Grant when the latter
was president. Since the war he has become conspicuous
in civil life by his management of important and success
ful business enterprises and by display of ability in the
field of oratory and literature. He has been president of
several railroad companies, vice-president of the Pull
man Car company, and a director in a number of promi-


nent financial institutions. He is president of the Union
League club, the Grant monument association, the Society
of the Army of the Potomac, and the National Society of
the Sons of the American Revolution, commander of the
New York commandery of the Loyal Legion and of the
Washington Post, G. A. R. ; vice-president of the cham
ber of commerce, and a member of the Metropolitan,
University, Lotos, Grolier, Century, Players , Lawyers ,
Union League, and Authors clubs of New York city,
and many other organizations, including geographical
and historical societies. In 1894 he received the degree
of LL.D. from Union and Williams colleges, and from
Princeton and Harvard universities. In 1864 he married
Miss McHarg of Albanv, and to them have been born
Horace M., Clarence, William and Elsie Porter. Gen
eral Porter has in recent years become one of the favorite
after-dinner and public orators of New York city. He
is greatly in demand and has delivered orations on many
occasions of public moment as well as innumerable
speeches and lectures upon other occasions, social, liter
ary, patriotic and commercial. He speaks several of the
modern languages, and among his literary works are a
number of books and magazine articles, which have com
manded public attention. He secured the congressional
medal of honor for a conspicuous act of gallantry at the
battle of Chickamauga; was ambassador to France from
1897 to 1905. Received from France the decoration of
the grand cross of the Legion of Honor. After a search
of six years he recovered the body of John Paul Jones in
a forgotten cemetery at his own expense, and received for
this a unanimous vote of thanks from congress and the
privilege of the floor of both houses for life.



First Vice-president Baltimore and Ohio Railroad


Was born June 29, 1856, at Norwalk, Ohio. Entered
railway service 1873 as d er k in road department Cincin
nati, Sandusky and Cleveland railroad at Sandusky, Ohio,
then learned telegraphy on the Lake Shore and Michi
gan Southern Railway; 1874, operator and freight and
ticket clerk at various stations Cincinnati, Sandusky and
Cleveland railroad; 1875, clerk cashier s office St. Louis
and San Francisco Railway at St. Louis, Mo.; June, 1875,
to November, 1879, paymaster same road; November,
1879, to May, 1881, station agent Cincinnati, Sandusky
and Cleveland railroad and Indiana, Bloomington and
Western railway at Kenton, Ohio; June to October, 1881,
clerk Equitable Life Insurance company at Paris,
France; November, 1881, to March, 1883, traveling au
ditor Missouri Pacific Railway, Missouri, Kansas and
Texas Railway, Texas and Pacific Railway and St. Louis,
Iron Mountain and Southern Railway; March to Au
gust, 1883, clerk general superintendent s office Missouri,
Kansas and Texas Railway at Sedalia, Mo.; August,
1883, to December, 1881;, clerk auditor s office and chief
clerk general freight office West Shore Railroad at New

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