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for Spotsylvania, and later served as representative of his
county for two terms in the house and one in the state
senate, 1876-1885. He was a member of the readjuster
party, and in all his campaigns had to fight the deter
mined opposition of the democratic party. Virginians
know best what this means. In 1879 he married Miss
Caroline Elizabeth Jones of Fauquire county, and is now
the father of nine children, namely: Samuel, William,
James, Robert, John, Matthew, Elizabeth, Margaret and
Julia. The boys are all professional men widely located



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and eminently successful. Mr. Powell s father, also named
James L. Powell, was a Baptist minister, and his mother
was Julia Stevens before her marriage, and connected
with the Montague family. Mr. Powell has now retired
from active business and is spending his time on the farm
of his birth amid the priceless treasures of his splendid
library and hallowed associations of his ancestral home.
He is chiefly interested in the education of his daughters
and noting the movement of things in the county and state
he loves so well.

HENRY HOWARD WHITNEY,

Officer United States Army,

Was born at Glen Hope, Clearfield county, Pa., Decem
ber 25, 1866; son of the Rev. Walter Richard Whitney
and Eliza (Kegerreis) Whitney. He was educated at
Williamsport Dickinson Seminary, receiving the degree
of A.B. in 1884; and was graduated from the United
States military academy in 1892. He married at Wash
ington, D.C., February 25, 1897, Ellen Wadsworth Clos-
son, daughter of General Henry W. Closson of the United
States army. He is a member of the National Geographic
society, Washington, D.C.; is a Mason, and a member of
the military order of the Loyal Legion and the Society
of American Wars. He served on special duty at the
war department in military information division April i,
1896, to 1898; appointed military attache to Argentine
Republic; under verbal orders from the secretary of war,
he communicated with General Gomez from the north
coast of Cuba in May, 1898, during hostilities, and made
a military reconnoisance of the island of Porto Rico,
disguised as an English sailor, landing at Ponce; fur
nished information which was made the basis of the mili
tary campaign in Porto Rico; was on General Nelson A.
Miles staff during Spanish-American war to August 8,
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1909; and detailed 1910 in adjutant general s department;
is now adjutant general department of Mindanao, Zam-
boanga, Philippine Islands. He traveled around the
world with General Miles as lieutenant-colonel and aide
de camp in 1902-1903; also over Europe on confidential
official business in 1899. He is a member of the Chevy
Chase and Metropolitan clubs of Washington, D.C., and
the St. Nicholas club of New York citv. Residence: 1359
Columbia Road, Washington, D.C. Address: War De
partment, Washington.

EDWARD GEORGE DOHAN,

President Villanova College of Pennsylvania,
Was born Jan. 12, 1870, in Troy, N.Y. He has been
Prior of the Augustinian convent of New York city; and
rector of St. Nicholas of Tolentine church in New York
city. He is now president of Villanova college of Penn
sylvania.

JEFFERSON DAVIS WALKER,

Educator,

Was born in 1862 in Warren county, Ga. He received
the rudiments of his education in the public schools, and
graduated from the Atlanta Baptist college of Georgia;
has been principal of schools at Cave Spring, Social
Circle and Cedartown, Ga. ; principal of schools at Gor
don, Wilton and Ashdown, Ark.; principal of the Arka-
delphia Baptist academy of Arkansas. In 1892 he was
a delegate to the republican national convention; has been
chairman of Clark county republican party. He is now
secretary of the executive committee; is now principal of
a school at Beirne, Ark. Married Miss Nannie A. Banks
at Cave Springs, Ga., on October 22, 1885, of whom six
children were born 2 girls and 4 boys. The eldest,
J. D., jr., died at Gordon in 1888. Mrs. Nannie Walker
died July 6, 1910, at Arkadelphia, Ark. She was a de-



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voted wife (born June 3, 1871 ; died July 6, 1910). Was
one of the census enumerators for Clark county in 1910;
stockholder in the Arkansas Baptist college, and the Ar-
kadelphia Baptist academy. Residence: Arkadelphia,
Ark.

SAMUEL GILIBERT IVERSON,

State Auditor,

Was born at Rushford, Minn., April 21, 1859; son of
John and Gunhild (Gunderson) Iverson; educated in
common and high schools at Rushford, Minn., Shattuck
school, Faribault, Minn., .graduating from College of
Law, university of Minnesota, LL.B., 1893; married at
Rushford, Minn, April 24, 1900, to Mrs. Calista B. Retel.
Began work as clerk in store, 1876; in February, 1881,
was appointed postmaster of Rushford, Minn., by Presi
dent Hayes, continuing until October i, 1886; elected to
Minnesota legislature November, 1886; appointed May,
1887, auditor s accountant in state auditor s office; became
deputy state treasurer, Jan., 1891, deputy state auditor
January, 1895; elected state auditor November, 1902; and
re-elected 1906 and 1910. Served six years in M.N.G.,
and was first lieutenant Company C, first infantry, when
he resigned in 1892. Republican. Episcopalian. Ma
son; member I.O.O.F., M.W.A., Modern Samaritans,
Sons of Norway; Knights of Pythias and Red Men.
Clubs: Commercial, Norden.

STEPHEN SANFORD,

Manufacturer and Business President,
Was born May 26, 1826, in Mayfield, N.Y. He was edu
cated in the public schools; at the academy of Amster
dam, N.Y. ; at the Georgetown college of the District of
Columbia; and for two years was student at West Point.
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of his father, which is now one of the largest establish
ments of its kind in the country. He founded the Amster
dam Reservoir company, by which a thousand acres of
land have been flooded by the waters of the Chunctanunda
Creek, supplying water pawer for its own and other man
ufactories. He is president of the Amsterdam Reservoir
company; president of the Chunctanunda Gas Light com
pany; president of the Amsterdam National bank; and
president of the Greenhill Cemetery association. He is
an agriculturist and a breeder of horses and cattle. In
1869-71 he was a representative from New York to the
forty-first congress as a republican. He founded a home
for elderly women of Montgomery county; and presented
it to the city of Amsterdam, N.Y. He also built the Chil
dren s home; and has been a large contributor to the hos
pitals and churches of his community; and resides in
Amsterdam, N.Y.

WILLIAM GOODELL FROST,

President of Berea College,

Was born July 2, 1854, m Le Roy, N.Y. He was edu
cated at Beloit college; in 1876 graduated from Oberlin
college; afterward studied at Wooster university of Ohio
and at Harvard and Gottingen universities; and has re
ceived the degrees of D.D. and Ph.D. In 1879-82 he was
professor of Greek language and literature at Oberlin
college of Ohio; and since 1892 has been president of
Berea college of Kentucky. He is the author of Inductive
Studies in Oratory; and Greek Primer.

MARK TRAFTON BAILEY,

Wholesale Lumber,

Was born at Port Huron, Mich., April 13, 1860; son of
Mark T. and Anna (Hollahan) Bailey. Educated in
public schools of Saginaw. Married at Saginaw 1892
Lille Gaddard. Began active career in lumber business



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at Saginaw 1880; spent ten years in New Orleans, La., and
South in same line, returning to Detroit 1903. Member
Wholesale lumber firm of Conely and Bailey, organized
1907. Christian Scientist. Republican. Recreation:
Motoring. Office: 3061 Jefferson avenue West. Resi
dence: 57 Philadelphia avenue East.

GEORGE SVERDRUP,

President of Augsburg Seminary of Minneapolis, Minn.,
in which city he was born August 3, 1879. He received
a thorough education in the public schools and colleges
of Minnesota. He is professor in Old Testament Exe
gesis; and president of Augsburg s seminary of Minne
apolis, Minn.

JAMES ALONZO STACKHOUSE,
State Commander of the Knights of the Maccabees of the

World, for the State of Tennessee,

Was born at Washington, Wayne county, Ind., April 24,
1852; was educated in the public schools of that period,
to a degree to enable him to secure license to teach ; taught
two terms; then associated himself in the lumber business
as an inspector and general mill man; followed this avo
cation many years; joined the Order of Maccabees in
1887. Was married in the year 1877 to Miss Henrietta
Roller. His wife died in 1911, leaving Llewellyn C.
Stackhouse and Aouda May Stackhouse (now Mrs. A.
M. Ferris). Two sons, Moine Deon, and Adrian C.
Stackhouse died in infancy. He has been honored as
supreme representative to the supreme Tent, at sessions
of that body in the years 1896-99-01-04-07, and special
called review at Detroit, Mich., in 1910, and was unani
mously elected to the state quadrennial convention, held
in Memphis, Tennessee, as supreme representative to the
supreme review that is to be held in Cleveland, Ohio,
beginning third Tuesday in July, 1911. Has been a
supreme review held in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been a



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Maccabee for over twenty-five years; has served as a
state commander, giving his whole time to the order over
seventeen years. Socially, he is a 32nd degree Mason, a
member of the Mystic Shrine, I.O.O.F., a member of the
Encampment, a Rebecca, a past president of the Ten
nessee fraternal congress, a K. of P., Sovereign Wood
man of the World, and a Maccabee. His home is in
Memphis, Tenn., 1 126 North Seventh street. He is living
with his children since the death of his loving companion
and wife. At the last supreme review, held at Cleveland,
Ohio, in July, 1911, he was unanimously elected supreme
chaplain of the order K.O.T.M. of the T.W., and is now
holding the office of state commander for the state of Ten
nessee.

VISSCHER VERE BARNES,

Judge City Court of T^ion, III.

Was born February n, 1851, in Rensselaer (Albany),
N.Y. He received a thorough education, attended Osh-
kosh normal school of Wisconsin and Oberlin university.
He took a law course at ale university, graduating with
honor and delivered one of the three orations, also tak
ing a post-graduate course at the Chicago law school,
receiving degree of M.L. and D.C.L. For several years
he was county judge of Kingsbury county, S. D. ; was a
member of the Dakota house of representatives, and
served with distinction as a member of the privisional
senate of South Dakota. He was United States commis
sioner for Dakota, city attorney of De Smet, S.D., and
a member of the board of education of Yankton, S.D.;
was appointed by the attorney general of South Dakota
to prosecute cases under the prohibition law and secured
reversal of the lower court in the leading constitutional
case of State vs. Becker, 51 N. W. Rep., 1018. He has
been counsel in many cases for the past fifteen years in
the supreme courts of Illinois and other states, and also



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in federal courts and in Canada. He was at one time
chairman of the Prohibition organization of South Da
kota, and in 1900 was candidate for governor of Illinois
on the Prohibition ticket. He has been city attorney of
Lake Bluff and Zion City, 111., and general counsel for
Zion and John Alexander Dowie; was judge of the city
court of Zion for the term of 1903-07, and resides in Zion,
111. Is now city attorney, and has been elected member
of Chi Tau Kappa, Yale, to which only those who have
graduated with honor from that institution are chosen.

ROBERT BRECKENRIDGE BAKER,

Merchant,

Was born in London, England, January 31, 1867; son of
Robert Breckenridge and Annette Louise (Matlack) Ba
ker, who were residing temporarily abroad. His father
was the founder of the Phosphor Bronze Smelting com
pany of Philadelphia, and was a descendant of Job Baker,
who came from England and settled at Westport, Mass.,
about 1760. The line is traced through his son Job, who
married Rachel Weaver; their son George W., who mar
ried Ruth Howland Smith, and their son Robert B., Colo
nel Baker s father. His maternal ancestors were of old
French Huguenot stock, and his great uncle, Timothy
Matlack (q.v.), was a noted revolutionary patriot whose
portrait hangs in Independence hall, Philadelphia. The
first two years of Colonel Baker s life was spent in Paris,
France, after which his parents returned to their home
in Philadelphia. He was educated in the William Penn
Charter school and at Swarthmore college. He left
Swarthmore in 1886 to begin a mercantile career, entering
the employ of Robert Hare Powel and company, coal
operators of Philadelphia, and remaining there until the
company was taken over by its successor, the Sterling Coal
company. This company operates a number of coal mines
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approximately one and a half million tons of coal per year.
It is one of the largest mining concerns in Pennsylvania.
Beginning in a clerical capacity, he rose to higher posi
tions, becoming secretary and a director of the company
in 1889, vice-president in 1902, and president in 1907, a
position he still holds. He is also president of the Baker
Transportation company, Bakerton Ljand and Improve
ment company, Bakerton Water company, Bakerton Sup
ply company, and El Mora Coal Mining company; vice-
president of the Stineman Coal and Coke company, and
treasurer and director of the Powelton Barge company.
For recreation he indulges in motoring, golf, riding and
other outdoor sports. He was aide-de-camp on the staff
of Governor Daniel H. Hastings 1895-99, and attained
the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He is a member of the
New York, New York Athletic, Army and Navy, Ard-
sley, Riverside Yacht, Indian Harbor Yacht and the Fair-
field County Golf clubs. He is unmarried.

EUGENE HALE,

Statesman and Jurist,

Was born June 9, 1836, in Turner, Me. He is of old
English ancestry that was transplanted from Herford-
shire to Massachusetts in 1635. He received an academic
education, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in
1857, and commenced practice at the age of twenty. He
has received the degree of LL.D. from Bates college,
from Colby university, and from Bowdoin college. He
was for nine successive years county attorney for Hancock
county, and was a member of the legislature of Maine in
1867, 1868, and 1880. He was elected a representative
from Maine to the forty-first congress, and was re-elected
to the forty-second, forty-third, forty-fourth and fortyfifth
congresses. In 1874 President Grant appointed him post
master-general, but he declined the office, and he declined
the post of secretary of the navy tendered him by Presi-



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dent-elect Hayes in March, 1887. He was chairman of
the republican congressional committee from 1878 to

1880. He led the Elaine forces in the national convention
in Cincinnati in 1876, and in 1880 at Chicago against the
Grant programme for a third term headed by Conklin,
Logan and Cameron, and carried the convention for Gar-
field on the thirty-sixth ballot, when he announced
Elaine s withdrawal and gave the vote of Maine for
Garfield. He was elected to the United States senate to
succeed Hannibal Hamlin, and took his seat March 4,

1881. He was re-elected in 1887, 1893, 1899 and in 1905,
and was not a candidate for re-election in 1911. He
served as chairman of the committee on appropriations,
chairman of the committee on public expenditures, and as
a member of the committees on finance, naval affairs, and
census, and is regarded as one of the world s foremost
critics on naval matters. He is a member of the national
monetary commission, and resides in Ellsworth, Maine.

JAMES HENRY WORMAN,

Diplomat, Author,

Was born February 28, 1845, in Berlin, Germany. He
was educated in the high schools and universities of Ger
many, France and United States; and has received the
degrees of A.M., Ph.D. and LL.D. For several years he
was associate editor of the National Repository; senior
professor of Chautauqua from its foundation until 1885;
and head of the Southern Chautauqua and other schools.
In 1877-82 he was professor at Adelphia college; and in
1882-85 was professor at Vanderbilt university. In 1887-
1900 he was editor-in-chief of Outing. In 1899-1902
he was United States consul to Munich, and then became
consul-general to that city. In 1904 he was transferred
upon his request to Canada, in order to be near his chil
dren. He is the author of Complete Grammar of the
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Chautauqua Language Series in French, German and
Spanish ; and various text-books for the study of modern
languages. Since 1899 he has been in the United States
consular service;, and in 1904 became consul to Three
Rivers, Quebec. He resides in West Newton, Mass.

THOMAS EAKINS,

Artist,

Was born in Philadelphia, July 25, 1844. He was grad
uated at the high school of Philadelphia, and went to
Paris, where he received his art education at L Ecole des
beaux arts under Gerome. He also studied in the atelier
of Bonnat, and with the sculptor Dumont. After return
ing to Philadelphia, he was appointed demonstrator of
anatomy, and afterward professor of painting and director
of the Pennsylvania academy of fine arts. For several
years he was teacher in the Brooklyn art guild, and lec
turer on anatomy and perspective in the art student s
league of New York. He is now professor in the art
student s league of Philadelphia. He has painted many
small pictures of domestic life in the early days of Amer
ica, of American sporting and athletic games, studies of
the American negroes, which have been exhibited in the
Paris salons, the National academy, New York, the
Water-color society, American Art association, and else
where. Among his noted pictures are: Dr. Gross in his
Clinic; William Rush Carving an Allegorical Figure;
A Lady Singing; The Chess-Players; Mending the Net;
The Writing-Master; and The Zither-Player. He sent
The Chess-Players, several portraits in oil, and the water-
colors Whistling for Plover and Base-Ball to the Centen
nial exhibition in 1876. Agnew s Clinic; Horses on Sol
diers and Sailors Monument, Brooklyn; Reliefs on Tren
ton Monument.



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JOHN WESLEY FRAZIER,

Registrar of the Bureau of Surveys, Philadelphia, Pa.,
Was born January 5, 1837, m Delaware county, Pa.; son
of Archibald and Margaret Bonsall (Robinson) Frazier.
He is a descendant of Henry Bonsall who came to Dela
ware county in 1683. He was educated in the public
schools of Delaware county and in Philadelphia. He
married Anna M. Redfield of Philadelphia in Septem
ber, 1860. Miss Redfield was a descendant of William
Redfield, who came to Charlestown, Mass., in 1635; also
a descendant of John Alden and Priscilla (Molines)
Alden, Mayflower pilgrims; they have had six children:
Archie L. ; William Wallace; Anne M.; John W., jr.;
Bertram Graeme; and Alan Cameron. Colonel Frazier,
while adjutant of the Survivors association of the Phila
delphia brigade, brought about the reunion of the Blue
and Gray at Gettysburg July 2, 3 and 4, 1887 a reunion
of the Philadelphia brigade and Pickett s division of
Virginia, the first reunion of the North and the South
held on any battlefield of the civil war. He was assessor
of internal revenue of Philadelphia 1866-69, a presiden
tial appointment; registrar of surveys, Philadelphia, 1887
to 1912; is a past master of Mt. Moriah lodge of Free
Masons No. 155 of Pennsylvania; a past commander of
Colonel Fred Taylor Post No. 19, G.A.R. ; and present
comfriander of Colonel William L. Curry Post No. 18,
G.A.R. ; a member of the California regiment the sev
enty-first, of the Pennsylvania line; past commander for
three years of the Philadelphia brigade; a member of the
Masonic Veterans association of Philadelphia; member
of the Grand Army of Pennsylvania; and of the War
Veterans club of Philadelphia; was a sergeant of Com
pany C, 71 st Pennsylvania regiment, from April 6 to
October 12, 1861, and of the 2Oth Pennsylvania regiment
from June i to September i, 1863 ; a member of the 46th
Ward republican club of Philadelphia; and a member



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of the First Methodist church of Atlantic City, NJ. His
business address is 412 City Hall, Philadelphia; and resi
dence No. 4814 Hazel avenue, Philadelphia.

JULIAN SHAKESPEARE CARR,

Manufacturer and Banker,

Was born at Chapel Hill, N.C., Oct. 12, 1845, and was
educated at the university of North Carolina. He entered
the Confederate army at the breaking out of the civil war,
soon after the close of which he began business as a to
bacconist, in a small way at first, but owing to the assiduity
and "push" of his management, the enterprise has since
attained great proportions. He is president of the Black-
well Durham Tobacco company; of the Durham and
Roxboro railroad; of the First National bank of Dur
ham; of the Durham Electric Light company; the Com
monwealth cotton factory, and many other organizations.
Mr. Carr is a Methodist, devoted to his church and liberal
to its institutions and enterprises, at the same time that
he extends his benefactions to all Christian charities irre
spective of creeds. He was delegate to the Robert Raiks
Sunday school convention in London, England, in 1878;
to the ecumenical conference of the Methodists of the
world in the same city in 1881 ; to the Methodist centen
nial in Baltimore, Md., in 1887; and from the state at
large to the democratic conventions in Chicago in 1884;
and at St. Louis in 1888. Trinity college in North Caro
lina, the Greensboro (North Carolina) female college,
and the university of North Carolina, Wake Forest Col
lege (Baptist), Davidson (Presbyterian), Elon (Christ
ian), have all shared his benefactions. One of the hand
somest buildings at the university is the "Carr Building,"
donated by General Carr. He served in the army of
Northern Virginia until the surrender of Lee at Appo-
mattox; is now major general, commanding North Caro
lina confederate veterans.



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COLUMBUS ALONZO KELLER,

Deputy Grand Sire,

Was born on November 24, 1851, at Mt. Vernon, Jeffer
son county, 111., and lived in that county until he went
to Texas, arriving there on April 24, 1885, and has lived
in San Antonio ever since that time. His college course
was taken at McKendree college, Lebanon, 111., where he
graduated in June, 1871. He was student at the law
school of Michigan university at Ann Arbor in 1872 and
1873, and on September 14, 1873, was admitted to the
practice of law by the supreme court of Illinois. Was
married on September 16, 1873, to Nellie F. Raymond,
of Lebanon, 111., and immediately located at Mt. Vernon
in that state and began the practice of law as partner of
Judge James M. Pollock, who had vacated the circuit
bench in June previous. Was. made an Odd Fellow in
Marion lodge No. 13 at Mt. Vernon on May 13, 1875,
and in 1879 was elected representative to the Grand lodge
of Illinois, and in 1880 was elected grand warden, and in
1 88 1 deputy grand master, and in 1882 was elected and
installed as grand master at McCormick s hall in Chi
cago, 111., on his thirty-first birthday. In 1884 he was
elected representative from the grand lodge to the sover
eign grand lodge, but, owing to his wife s illness, he re
moved to San Antonio and resigned as grand representa
tive. He has been engaged in the active practice of law
in San Antonio ever since he arrived there, and is now in
partnership with his son Victor under the firm name of
Keller and Keller. In 1891 he was elected as represen
tative from the grand lodge of Texas to the sovereign
grand lodge, and entered that body at the St. Louis ses
sion and was a representative up to 1899. He was re-
elected in 1904 and has been in the sovereign grand lodge
continuously since. In 1891 he served on the judiciary
committee, and remainder of time has been on the com
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at the sessions of 1897 and 1898, and 1909 and 1910. He
was elected deputy grand sire at Atlanta, Ga., on Sep
tember aoth by a vote of 118; his two opponents, Judge
Robert T. Daniels of Georgia, and Hon. Hill Montague
of Virginia, receiving 66 and 24 votes respectively.

ELISHA ALEXANDER ERASER,

Lawyer and Lecturer of Detroit, Mich.,
Was born March 13, 1887, in Bowmanville, Ontario,



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