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director in a Philadelphia trust company; is prominently
identified with the religious and educational affairs of his
state; and resides in Philadelphia, Pa.

JOSIAH VAN KIRK THOMPSON,

Banker,

Was born in Fayette county, Pa., February 15, 1854, son
of Jasper Markle and Eliza (Caruthers) Thompson,
grandson of Andrew Finley Thompson, who served with
distinction in the war of 1812, and great-grandson of
William Thompson, a revolutionary patriot of Pennsyl
vania. His father, a native of Kentucky, was also a bank
er, who presided for twenty years over the institution of
which his son was afterwards the head. He was brought
up on his father s farm, and aside from the Christian
teaching of his parents, he attributes much of his success
and happiness in life to the habits of industry and a love
for work that he acquired in his boyhood. After a com
mon school education he was prepared for college at
Madison College, and was graduated at Washington and
Jefferson College in 1871 at the early age of seventeen, the
youngest student in the college. As an illustration of the



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young man s indomitable energy and determination to se
cure an education, it should be mentioned that at the close
of school terms he traveled over thirty-six miles to his
home, often leaving school at four o clock in the after
noon, and being actively at work in the harvest field by
nine o clock the following morning. After three years of
farm life, concurrent with his college course, he en
tered the First National Bank of Uniontown in Novem
ber. 1871, which had been established as a private bank
in the vear of his birth, and nationalized in 1864, and of
which his father was an original director. Beginning at
the bottom of the ladder, he first acted as janitor, kept all
the books of the bank and served as a general clerk as
well, and in less than five months thereafter he became
teller. He was made cashier in 1877, anQl uoon the death
of his father, twelve years later, he succeeded him to the
presidencv. Mr. Thompson is in the strictest sense a tem
perance man, and never would engage in his bank an em-
plove who used liouor or tobacco in anv form. He firmlv
maintained this position against the ruling sentiment of
the board of directors, his ooinion being that the con
tinued use of either affected the power of both mind and
bodv. Neither are anv of his emploves under bond, sav
in e that he "would not have an emplove in this bank who
had to give a bond." He puts his faith in their honestv,
and nlaces reliance in their integrity. How successful
Mr. Thompson has been as a banker is shown bv a com
parison of the condition of the bank when he became its
^i?hier. r>nd its present standing. With a surplus fund
then of $20,181; deposits, $14,2^; loans and discounts,
$176,186, it rapidly forged ahead until it now IQII has a
surplus of $i,c;oo,ooo, and carries deposits of nearly
three million dollars, with a capital stock of but one hun
dred thousand dollars. While remarkably successful as
a banker, Mr, Thompson has probably won greater



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wealth from the enormous coal operations he has con
ducted for many years. He owns or controls thousands
of acres in Fayette, Washington, and Greene counties,
Pa., and in West Virginia; in fact he is said to control
over one-half of all the undeveloped portion of the great
Pittsburg coal deposit. He is one of the most prominent
men of Pennsylvania, noted alike for his business acumen,
and munificent generosity. He was married December
n, 1879, to Mary, daughter of John Anderson of Gene-
seo, 111. She died in 1896, leaving two sons, Andrew A.
and John R., the former a member of the state legisla
ture, and the latter in charge of his father s estate, within
a mile of Uniontown. He was again married August n,
1903, to Mrs. B. A. (Gardner) Hawes.

IRBY DUNKLTN DAVIS,

Educator and Clergyman of Mayesville, S.C.,
Was born Tune 19, 18^8, in Laurens, S.C. He was edu
cated at Biddle university of Charlotte, N.C. He was
principal of city and normal schools in Laurens and
Winnsboro, S.C.; and for eighteen years was pastor of
Goodwill Presbyterian church of Mayesville, S.C. He is
now principal of Goodwill Academy and also still pastor
of the Goodwill church.

HERBERT EVERETT TUTHERLY,

Soldier and Educator,

Was born at Claremont, N.H., April $, 1848. His an
cestors were English, and among the early settlers of Nev\
England. His preliminarv education was acquired iri
the schools of his native village and at Kimball union
academv at Meriden, N.H. He was appointed a cadet
at the U. S. military academy at West Point, N.Y., in
1868, from which institution he was graduated in 1872.
He was then commissoned a second lieutenant in the ist
U, S. cavalry and promoted to the grade of first lieuten-



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ant, ist cavalry, in 1879, and to the grade of captain in
the same regiment, December 17, 1890. He received the
honorary degree of A.M. from the university of Vermont
in 1885. From 1881 to 1885 he served at the university
of Vermont as professor of military science and tactics,
under detail by the war department, and from 1889 to
1892 filled the corresponding chair at Cornell university.
In 1881 he published Score Book and Suggestions for
Riflemen, and in 1894 Elementary Treatice upon the Art
of War, which was revised and republished 1898. He
was promoted to major in the nth U. S. cavalry, 1901,
and lieutenant-colonel in the 9th U. S. cavalry, 1905. His
active military service extended among nearly all of tne
Indians of the United States, west of the Mississippi
river, for the period from 1872-1900. He was with troops
in Alaska 1900-1901. Was engaged in the Philippine in
surrection, and commanded a squadron of the ist U. S.
cavalry at the battle of Santiago de Cuba, in the Spanish-
American war, 1898. Was recommended for brevet ma
jor for gallantry in action at San Juan Hill, Cuba. He
commanded the military post at the Sioux Indian Res
ervation in Dakota, 1898-1900, and the post of Jefferson
barracks and recruiting depot at St. Louis, 1905-1906.
Served in the inspector-general s department of the Uni
ted States army 1900-1905, as one of the inspector-gen
erals. He was placed upon the retired list of the United
States army, on his own application, after thirty-eight
years service, 1906. Assigned by the president on duty
with the organized militia of New Hampshire, 1906-
1911. Appointed brigadier-general and adjutant-general
of New Hampshire, 1911.

CHARLES THEODORE HOOK,

Educator and Clergyman of Bloomfield, N. ] .,
Was born July 18, 1870, in Germany. He was educated
at the German Theological School of Newark, N.J., at



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the New York university and of Columbia university.
He was missionary in Hope Chapel of New York City;
and minister in the Seventh Presbyterian church of New
York City. He is now professor of Hebrew and classics
in the German Theological school of Newark, NJ.

CARROLL PHILLIPS BASSETT,

Civil Engineer, Author,

Was born February 27, 1862, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was
president of the New Jersey sanitary association in 1892-
93 ; is chief engineer of the Commonwealth water com
pany; and has designed and constructed waterworks,
sewerage and the sewage purification works of many
towns in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and
Delaware. He is the author of The Conservation of
Streams; and Inland Sewage Disposal.

THOMAS A. GRIER,

Business President of Peoria, III.,

Was born March i, 1850, in Wilkesbarre, Pa. He is
prominently identified with the business and public af
fairs of his city and state; has been president of the Coun
try club, the Commercial club, and the Board of Trade
of Peoria, 111. He has been a trustee of the Illinois state
hospital at South Bartonville, 111.; and was commissioner
from Illinois to the Pan-American exposition held in
Buffalo, N.Y. He is now president of the Burlington
Elevator company of Peoria, 111.; is vice-president of the
Peoria Railway Terminal; and is identified with various
other corporations.

THOMAS BARLOW WALKER,

Lumberman, Philanthropist,

Was born in Xenia, Green county, Ohio, on February i,
1840, the son of Platt Bayless and Anstis Barlow Walker.
He received his preliminary education in the common



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schools and at the hands of his mother, who was early
bereft of her husband. When in his sixteenth year he en
tered the Baldwin university, Berea, Ohio, where he
studied for several terms, devoting his spare time to his
first occupation in the wood and timber business, and
later was a commercial traveler. While working days in
the woods, he studied nights and Sundays, and when on
the road carried his books and devoted all spare time to
them. In this way he became in a measure self-educated,
and particularly in the higher branches of mathematics
and science. His business knowledge was gained by travel
and experience, contact with business men, study of busi
ness methods, solving of big problems, and the slamming
up against the world in general. Mr. Walker covered
Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and adjoining states in
his business tours, and settled in Minneapolis in 1862.
He was then in his twenty-second year. On December
19, 1863, he married at Berea, Ohio, Harriet G. Hulet,
a daughter of a former employer, who was one of the
builders of Baldwin university. Six sons and two daugh
ters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Walker, of whom six are
still living and the five sons are all in the lumber and tim
ber business with their father. This business Mr. Walker
learned by actual experience and exhaustive study and
research from the roots to the branches. He is one of the
largest owners of lumber and timber interests in the Uni
ted States. Apart from his vast lumber interests, Mr.
Walker has been for half a century closely identified with
the up-building of the great Northwest; a pioneer who
has progressed; a leader in the vanguard of Western civ
ilization. He has aided materially in carving out a new
empire for the benefit and blessing of all mankind. As
a resident of Minneapolis, Mr. Walker has been closely
identified with its every growth with every branch of
its commercial development. Public spirited to the full,
he has given amply to all public and semi-public enter-



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prises. In the world at large, Mr. Walker is best known
for his interest and activity in art, science, education and
in the church. He has gathered one of the finest and most
comprehensive art collections in the world. It compre
hends a large series of galleries, of paintings, ancient and
modern, foreign and American. It stands alone in one
respect in distinction from all other galleries in Europe
and America, in that only examples of the highest merit
are selected, as against the universal custom in all gal
leries, public and private, of admitting "examples" which
are considered genuine works of great masters, where
the paintings are of themselves inferior or uninteresting
or time-injured productions; and the innumerable testi
monials of those who have visited the gallery are alonp-
the same lines w r ith those of Joseph Jefferson, and Pre c
dent Jordan, of Leland Stanford university, that everv
picture on the walls is genuine, and of the highest order
of merit and worthy of a place in the finest collection.
The magnificent collection of Chinese porcelains, and
bronzes, is equal in art merit to those of any public or
private gallery. The jades, crystals and other hard stones,
and the old Persian potteries and stonewares, have no
equals in any gallery in the world. The ancient glass,
potteries, enamels, and ancient bead necklaces, of Baby
lonia, Syria, Egypt and Greece are together perhaps the
finest in any known collection. His art gallery attached
to the home, consist now of nine rooms of sky-lighted gal
leries, two of which are together about one hundred feet
in length and the other seven running about eighteen feet
in length. At the public library, the art and museum
rooms are each one hundred and forty feet in length.
This art gallery is almost exclusively filled with his paint
ings, porcelains, etc., and the Museum of the Academy
of Science is also quite largely filled with his collected
examples of ancient art of many kinds. Mr. Walker s art
gallery at his home is open to the public on all days of



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the week except Sundays. No cards or admission fees are
required for any days of the week nor any charge for
catalogues. It is the only entirely free gallery known.

His residence and gallery are in the central business
portion of the city, on large grounds surrounded by great
oaks and elms and the long fronts on two streets are fenced
with steel benches, which in summer are constantly oc
cupied both day and night, as in a public park.

Mr. Walker was the prime mover and orginator of
the public library, which includes in its design the Art
galleries and the museum of the Academy of science. As
a recognition of his part in building the library, he has
been annually elected as president of the library board;
since its foundation twenty-five years since. He has been
the principal factor in building up the Academy of
Science, of which he has been the presiding officer for
many years, and largely responsible for the progress which
it has made.

Mr. Walker has been most helpfully interested in the
work of the Y. M. C. A., in Minneapolis and to a large
extent in the university and the state, and has been for
many years the Northwestern member of the national
committee of the Y. M. C. A., which is one of the most
important and useful committees in the \\arld.

Mr. Walker is a member of many of the most promi
nent scientific and educational associations of the United
States. With all his extensive business interests, which he
never neglects, he still devotes a large fractional part of
the day and evening to studying the problems of the times,
and in writing many articles for publication and some
times in preparing and delivering addresses, particularly
before the Y. M. C. A. and the church and business as
sociations. His private library is one of the most compre
hensive and largest, covering particularly the fields of
social, political, industrial, religious and art subjects.



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CHARLES BUCKNER HUDGINS,

Clergyman and Author of Rome, Ga.,
Was born May 26, 1853, in Portsmouth, Va. He was
educated at the Virginia military institute and at the
university of the south. He was for a while engaged in
mercantile pursuits; then became a clergyman; and is now
rector of St. Peters Episcopal church of Rome, Ga. He
is the author of The Concert, a novel.

JED L. WASHBURN,
Lawyer of Duluth, Minnesota,

Was born in Montgomery county, Indiana, December
26, 1856. Son of Christopher C. and Julia A. (Showen)
Washburn. Mr. Washburn s father was a native of
southern Ohio and his mother a native of Kentucky. They
were pioneer homestead settlers in southern Minnesota
when the subject of this sketch was but six months old.
They are both now deceased. Mr. Washburn obtained an
academic education, but his education has been mainly
self acquired. His reading has been as general as a busy
life would permit.

He taught school and worked on the farm in his youth.
Studied law in Mankato, Minnesota, with the late Hon.
M. J. Severance, long one of the leading lawyers and
jurists of Minnesota, and practiced for ten years, until
1890 at Mankato and since then at Duluth. His practice
for many years has extended over a wide range of terri
tory, being engaged largely in corporation and railroad
work. His firm, Washburn, Baily & Mitchell, with *
corps of assistants, transact annually a large volume of
important business. They represent many railroad, finan
cial and industrial corporations and firms. The member?
of this firm are also personally interested in many con
cerns engaged in developing the resources of Minnesota.
Mr. Washburn is president and director of the North
ern National Bank of Duluth, the Boston & Duluth Farm



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Land company, the Spalding Hotel company, the Ameri
can Ijand & Timber company, the Minnesota and Oregon
Land and Timber company, the Riverside Land compar
and some other companies. He is vice-president and o
director of the Alworth-Washburn company, the Al-
worth-Stephens company, the Royal Mineral association
Oneida Realty company, Union Match company, North
ern Shoe company, and an officer and director in sever- \
other local companies. He has served much on educa
tional and charitable boards, and since its establishment,
has been the resident director of the State Normal School
at Duluth. He was an old line Democrat, but for a
number of years has acted with the republican party,
although not often taking an active part in politics, having
always avoided political office. He was married in May
1882 to Alma J. Pattee, a graduate of and former teacner
in the state normal school at Mankato. Mrs. Washburn
is a native of Wisconsin, but of New England parentage.
Mr. Washburn is a member of the Kitchi Gammi Club
the Northland Country Club (vice-president) of Dulutn
Minneapolis Club of Minneapolis, Minnesota Club of
St. Paul and Chicago Club of Chicago. He has been
president of the State Bar Association. He is not a
member of any religious or fraternal society. He has
avoided public speaking in a great measure but has, never
theless, often delivered short addresses upon educational
and other public questions. His home is in Hunter s
Park, Duluth, and he has also a winter home in Tyron,
North Carolina. Business address Alworth Bldg., Du
luth, Minnesota.

EUGENE POTTER STONE,

Officer U. S. Marines,

Born Boston, Mass., April 5, 1861; graduated Harvard
Medical School, 1884; served as House officer, Boston
city, hospital. Appointed Assistant surgeon, August 6,



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1886; assigned U. S. receiving-ship "New Hampshire,"
Newport, R. L, September, 1886; U. S. Coast survey
steamer "A. D. Bache," October, 1887, to Mach, 1888;
Naval hospital, New York, April, 1888, to June, 1888 ; U.

5. S. "Pensacola," June, 1888, to August, 1888; U.S.S.
"Richmond, August, 1888, to October, 1888; U.S. receiv
ing-ship "Minnesota," October, 1888, to September,
1889. Promoted Passed Assistant Surgeon from August

6, 1889; U.S. receiving-ship "Independence," Navy yard,
Mare Island, Cal., January, 1890, to September, 1890:
U.S.S. "Pinta," Sitka, Alaska, October, 1890, to Novem
ber 10, 1893; U.S. Marine Rendezvous, Boston, Mass.,
November, 1893, to August, 1894; U.S. receiving-ship
"Wabash," Boston, Mass., August, 1894, to December,
1894; U. S. Naval hospital, Chelsea, Mass., December i,
1894, to November 18, 1895; U.S.S. "Indiana," Novem
ber, 1895, to April, 1897; U.S.S. "Bennington," May,
1897, to September, 1898; Naval Dispensary, Washing
ton, D.C., November 9, 1898. Promoted Surgeon April
16, 1899. U.S. Naval academy, Annapolis, Md., April,
1904, to February, 1906. U.S.S. "Rhode Island", Feb.
1906 to March 1909. (Including cruise around the world
with battle ship fleet) . Navy yard, Boston, Mass., March
1 8, 1909, to July, 1911. Promoted medical inspector
August 24, 1910. Commanded naval hospital, Canalbo,
P. I., Sept. 12, 1911, to October 13, 1911. U.S. Marine
recruting office, Denver, Colo., February i, 1912.

ROBERT W. BLAIR,

General Attorney of Topeka, Kansas,
Was born March 17, 1865, in Doylestown, Pa. He re
ceived a thorough education; and soon attained success at
the bar. He is now engaged in the general practice of
law in Kansas; is General Attorney for the Union Pacific
Railway company at Topeka, Kans. ; and has filled vari
ous positions of trust and honor.



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JOHN HERY TIHEN,

Bishop of Lincoln,

Was born in Oldenburg, Ind. He was rector of the ca
thedral at Wichita; and chancellor of the diocese of
Wichita. He is now Bishop of Lincoln, at Lincoln, Neb.

WILLIAM TOPPING MERRY,

United States Army Officer,

Was born in New York. In 1895 he was appointed from
New York as a cadet to the United States military acad
emy at West Point; and in 1899 graduated from that in
stitution. He was at once made second lieutnant in the
twenty-third regiment United States infantry; in 1900 he
was promoted to first lieutenant in the first regiment
United States infantry; and in 1901 was transferred to the
twenty-third regiment United States infantry. He be
came captain in the ninth regiment United States in
fantry; an was stationed at Fort Sam Houston (Texas) ;
and is now serving in the Philippines.

DAVID MORTON EDWARDS,

President of Penn College of Oskaloosa, Iowa,
Was born October 16, 1871, in Earlham, Iowa. He was
educated at Penn College, the University of Chicago and
at Boston University; and has received the degrees of
A.B. and Ph.D. He commenced educational work in
1889; and since 1908 has been president of Penn College
of Oskaloosa, Iowa.

FRANK PIERCE HILL,

Librarian,

Was born at Concord, N. H., Aug. 22, 1855. He attended
the public school in his native town until, at the age of
seventeen he entered Dartmouth, and was graduated
from that institution with the class of 1876. He returned
to Concord and was employed by his uncle in the hard
ware business, removing in 1878 to Lpwell, Mass., where,



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two years later, he married the daughter of Dr. Robert
Wood. In 1 88 1 he was elected librarian of the city
library, and since that time has continued to follow the
profession. He classified and arranged the 30,000 vol
umes in the Lowell city library. In 1885 he was called to
the position of librarian of the public library at Paterson,
N. J., the first free public library in the state organized
under the head of the Salem (Mass.) public library, but
the attractions of New Jersey were too strong to permit
him to remain very long outside her borders, and upon a
unanimous call of the board of trustees he went to
Newark, N. J., in 1889, to take charge of the new library
just springing into existence. Dr. Hill remained in New
ark until 1901 when he resigned to accept work in the
broader field in Brooklyn. At Paterson, Salem, and
Newark, Dr. Hill had the difficult task of organizing
new institutions, and at Lowell the still more difiicult task
of reorganizing old libraries on a modern basis. The
public library at Brooklyn, Dr. Hill s present charge, has
an annual income of $350,000, and had 800,000 volumes
on its shelves. His work, being for the most part in new
libraries, was of the most arduous and trying character.
In the estimation of his fellow-librarians Dr. Hill is re
garded as valuable to his profession in the highest degree.
In 1906 Dartmouth college conferred upon him the
honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, the first ever given
by that college. Dr. Hill was for five years secretary of
the American Library Association, and in 1906 served as
president of that organization.

OLIVER P. COSHOW,

Lawyer and Statesman,

Was born August 14, 1863 in Brownsville, Ore. He was
educated in the public schools and at the university of
Oregon. He soon attained success at the bar in Roseburg,
Ore.; a member of the democratic party; and a member



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of the Masonic and various other patriotic and fraternal
orders. In 1904-08 he was a member of the Oregon state
senate from Douglas county; and served on several im
portant committees. He is a member of the board of
higher curricula for the term of 1909-12; and has had
various other positions of trust and honor.

JAMES L. POWELL,

Farmer, Soldier, Lawyer, Legislator,
Was born February 24, 1834, on Plentiful Creek Farm,
Spotsylvania, Va. Studied law in Lexington, Va., and in
1859 located in Roane, W.Va., and was elected attorney
for the state in that county in 1860. He joined the con
federate states volunteers in 1861 and was elected captain
of his company, then a part of the Wise Legion operating
in West Virginia. All of his brothers being in the war,
he resigned his commission and went to the old home
to take care of his father and mother. The war continued
and, unable to remain inactive while his state was being
invaded, he joined the Mercer cavalry of the ninth Vir
ginia cavalry regiment and saw active service in charges
at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run, and other
battles; was later captured as a state prisoner and held
until exchanged in 1865 after acquittal by the military
court. He resumed the practice of law in his native and
adjoining counties in 1866; was elected state s attorney



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