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Canada. He was educated at Oberlin college and at the
university of Michigan; and has received the degree of
A.B. and A.M. In 1864-73 he was superintendent of
public schools of Kalamazoo, Mich. He then practiced
law for three years in Battle Creek, Mich., where he
served two years as city attorney. Since 1876 he has prac
tised his profession in Detroit, Mich.; and since 1892
has been professor in the Detroit college of law. Lec
turing on contracts, constitutional law and international
law. He is identified with the republican party; and
sice 1877 nas been a ruling elder in the Fort Street Pres
byterian church of Detroit, Mich. In 1904 he repre
sented the Presbyterian church of the United States at
the Pan-Presbyterian alliance held in Liverpool, Eng
land; and by special request delivered an address on
Christianity and national expansion.

FRANCIS MARION SMITH,

Capitalist and Business President,

Was born February 2, 1846, in Richmond, Wis. He re
ceived the degree of A.B. from Milton college of Wis
consin. In 1872 he discovered Teel s Marsh borax mines
in Nevada; and is president of the Pacific Coast Borax
company. He is also president of the realty syndicate of
Oakland, Cal.; and is identified with various other cor
porations. In 1904 and 1908 he was a republican elector;
and is prominently identified with the republican party.



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SAMUEL MARTIN INMAN,

Cotton Merchant,

Was born at Dandridge, Term., February 19, 1843. His
great-grandfather, Abednego Inman, was a gallant revo
lutionary soldier of English descent, a farmer and Pres
byterian, and his great-grandmother, Miss Thompson, a
Virginia lady of Scotch-Irish family. His father was
Shadrack W. Inman, a successful merchant, and his
mother Mrs. Jane (Martin) Hamilton. During vaca
tions his judicious sire disciplined him in industry and
steady habits by farm and store work, and he attended
Maryville and Princeton colleges, until at eighteen his
studies were interrupted by the war, through which he
served in the ist Tennessee cavalry, as private and lieu-
ant, acting at the end on division staff duty, and doing the
soldier role with the same completeness that has marked
his whole stainless and valuable career. In 1866 he did
business a year in Augusta, Ga., and in 1867 removed to
Atlanta, Ga., forming with his father the cotton house of
S. W. Inman and Son, which upon his father s return to
Tennessee in 1870 became the great firm of S. M. Inman
and Co., doing the largest cotton trade of the South, and
probably in the world. He married in 1868 to Jennie
Dick of Rome, Ga., who, after a beautiful life, died in
1890. With intuitive judgment he has drawn to him the
best partners and workers, and with consummate ability
and enterprise created the most colossal cotton business
of the South, amassing a fortune nobly used. Commercial
genius runs in the family. His brothers, John H. and
Hugh, and two kinsmen, Wm. H. and Walker Inman,
became self-made millionaires, John at one time being
president of the Richmond Terminal company, with its
11,000 miles of railway threading the South, and large
system of ocean steamships. Mr. Inman is a genuine
Christian philanthropist and temperance leader, generous
in charity, and public-spirited. He was a chief founder



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and one of the commissioners of the Georgia school of
technology. He was a large stockholder in the Constitu
tion Publishing company, the East Atlanta company, and
also is now director in the Southern Railway company,
and the Lowry National bank of Atlanta; is chairman of
the board of trustees of Agnes Scott college, a splendid
college for women near Atlanta; and a host of similar
enterprises. He has repeatedly declined public trusts
pressed upon him unsought by popular confidence. His
manly strength and firmness are set off by a perennial and
gentle amiability, which perhaps lies at "he foundation
of his remarkable success.

CHARLES HARRY WHITE,

Retired Naval Officer,

Was born in New Hampshire. He entered the service
as assistant surgeon, December 26, 1861 ; Chelsea naval
hospital, 1862; in steam gunboat "Huron," 1862-33; mon
itor "Lehigh," 1864, S. A. blockading squadron; navy
yard, Portsmouth, N.H., 1864; naval academy, Newport,
R.I., 1864; "Roanoke" (iron clad), 1864-5; navy yard,
New York, 1865-6; "Ashuelot," 186-9, Asiatic station.
Commissioned surgeon November 18, 1869; navy yard,
Boston, 1869; naval laboratory, New York, 1869-72; "Be-
nicia," 1872-3; Asiatic fleet, 1872-3; "Idaho," Asiatic
station, 1873-4; "Monocacy," Asiatic fleet, 1874-5; naval
laboratory, New York, 1875-8; navo l hospital, Mare
Island, Cal., 1879; "Lackawanna," Pacific squadron,
1880-8; Museum of Hygiene, Washington, D.C., 1883-8;
"Trenton," Pacific squadron, 1890-1; "Baltimore," Pa
cific squadron, 1888-9; "Pensacola," 1889-90; "San Fran
cisco," Pacific squadron, 1891 ; "Pensacola," Pacific
squadron, 1891-2; waiting orders, January, 1892, to Jan
uary, 1893; Smithsonian institution, 1893; naval medical
examining board, 1893-97. Promoted to Medical Di
rector June 8, 1895; at Museum of Hygiene, from Octo
ber, 1897. Retired November 19, 1900.



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MARTIN WASHINGTON YENCER,

State Representative of Indiana,

Was born December 27, 1871, near Uancester, Ohio. He
was educated at the common schools of Fairfield county,
Ohio, the Baltimore high school, attended the old Fair-
field County academy of P leasantville, Ohio, and the
Crawfus institute of Lancester, Ohio. Taught in the
common schools of Fairfield county, Ohio, for two years,
at the age of nineteen. In 1893, at the age of 21, began
the study of medicine and surgery at the Starling Medical
college of Columbus, Ohio, and in 1894 at the medical
department of the National normal university of Leba
non, Ohio, and graduated from the Central college
of physicians and surgeons of Indianapolis, Ind., 1897.
Began the practice of his profession at Boston, Ind; re
mained there for ten years. In 1902 he was elected to the
house of representatives in the Indiana state legislature,
and re-elected again in 1904 by the largest majority ever
given to a republican candidate from Wayne county. In
1908 he was a candidate for United States representative
in congress from the sixth Indiana district. He was a
number of times a delegate to the republican state con
ventions. He is a member of the Wayne County Medical,
the Indiana Medical and the American Medical associ
ations. Dr. Yencer is a member of the Masonic order,
the Elks and the Sons of Veterans. In politics he is a
republican and resides in Richmond, Ind. Dr. Yencer,
February 22, 1911, married Miss Gennett May Hill, a
graduate of the Waltham training school for nurses.
Miss Hill s fathers ancestors were relatives of Thomas
Jefferson, the third president of the United States.



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JOHN RIDGELY CARTER,

Lawyer, Diplomat,

Was born November 28, 1864, in Maryland. He was
educated at Trinity college of Hartford, from which in
stitution he has received the degrees of A.B. and M.A.
He studied law at Harvard law school, receiving the
degree of LL.B. He subsequently studied at the Leipzig
university, and in 1889 was admitted to the Baltimore
bar. In 1896 he became second secretary to the Ameri
can embassy in London; and in 1905-09 was first secre
tary. In 1909 he became E.E. and M.P. to Roumania;
and subsequently E.E. and M.P. to the Argentine Re
public.

DOREMUS ALMY HAYES,

Theologian and Author,

Was born May 17, 1863, in Russelville, Ohio. He has re
ceived the degrees of A.B. and A.M. from the Ohio Wes-
leyan university, and the degrees of Ph. D. and S.T.B.
from Boston university. He also studied in Berlin and
Leipzig, and received the degree of LL.D. from the Mis
souri Wesleyan university. In 1887-88 he filled a pastor
ate in San Leandro, Cal.; in 1888-91 was professor of
Greek language and literature in the university of the
Pacific, and in 1892-95 filled a pastorate in Napa, Cal.
In 1896-1901 he was professor of the English Bible
exegesis since 1901 ; and librarian since 1906 of the Gar-
rett Biblical institute of the Northwestern university.
He wrote monographs for the Book of Acts, The Revival
Its Power and Its Perils; and numerous articles in the
Encyclopedia Americana and other Biblical works.



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FRANCIS ANTHONY GROSS,

Banker,

Was born in Hennepin county, Minnesota, August 10,
1870; son of Matthias and Mary M. (Lenzen) Gross;
educated in public and parochial schools of Minneapolis
and St. John s university, Collegeville, Minn.; married
October 9, 1893, to Miss Ida Katherine Buerfening. Be
gan business career in father s grocery store, and later was
hall master of the Minneapolis work house; entered the
German-American bank at Minneapolis July, 1889, as
messenger, and advanced to present position as president
of the bank. Roman Catholic; member Catholic Knights
of America; Sons of Minnesota; Elks, Royal Arcanum;
Interlachen Country club. Recreations: Bowling, gar
dening. Clubs: North Side Commercial.

CHRISTOPHER H. PAYNE,

Diplomat and Statesman of Huntington, W .V a.,
Was born September 7, 1847, in Red Sulphur Springs,
Va., now West Virginia. He was educated in Richmond
institute, now the Union university. He received the
degree of D.D,; and attained success as a farmer, edu
cator, clergyman and lawyer, and represented congres
sional districts in West Virginia in four national repub
lican conventions; once a delegate and three times as
a ! lderman; and represented Fayette county in the West
Virginia legislature in 1896-97. For five years he edited
and published newspapers in West Virginia; and has
delivered two addresses before national bodies of North
ern Baptists. He was admitted to practice law in all the
courts of West Virginia and in the United States district
and circuit courts. Since 1903 he has been United States
consul to the Danish West Indies at St. Thomas.



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JOHN ELY BURCHARD,

Lawyer and Statesman,

Was born in 1865 in Clinton, N.Y. After leaving college
he was admitted to the bar; became owner and editor of
the Soo-Democrat; and was collector of customs during
President Cleveland s second term. For three years he
was city attorney and for three terms was mayor of Mar
shall, Minn. ; and since 1900 has practiced law in St. Paul,
Minn. He is president of the John E. Burchard com
pany, the Burchard-Hulbert Investment company, the
Southwest Land and Orchard company, the St. Paul Ma
chinery Manufacturing company; and is vice-president
of and director in various other companies and banks.
He is a thirty-second-degree Mason; and in 1907 was ap
pointed on the governor s staff with the rank of colonel.

EDWARD PAYSON FOWLER,

Physician of New York City,

Was born November 30, 1834, m Coshocton, N.Y. Since
1855 has practiced medicine in New York city. He was
one of the founders and president of the New York Med-
ico-Chirurgical Society. He is an ardent republican in
politics ; and a member of the Union League club of New
York city. He is the author of several valuable medical
works; and still practices his profession in New York city.

JOHN A. WILSON,

Theologian,

Was born October 4, 1839, in Venango county, Pa. In
1867-69 he practiced law in Newcastle, Pa.; and in 1872-
93 filled pastorates in Beaver, Pa., St. Louis and Wooster,
Ohio. Since 1893 ne nas been professor of church his
tory and pastoral theology in the Allegheny Theological
seminary of Pittsburg, Pa.



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WILLIAM SIDNEY NEVINS,

Railroad Equipment,

Was born August 13, 1850, at Towancla, Pa. Graduated
from Eastman s National Business college September,
1869. Entered railway service November, 1869, since
which he has been consecutively to October, 1875, freight
and ticket clerk Lehigh Valley railroad at Towanda;
October, 1875, to October, 1884-, bill clerk, same road, at
Waverly, N.Y. ; October, 1884, to J une T > 1887, chief clerk
and cashier to agent, same road, at Buffalo, N. Y. ; June
i to September, 1887, acting agent; September, 1887, to
July i, 1894, agent, same place; July i, 1894, to January
i, 1896, freight and ticket agent, same road, at Waverly,
N. Y. ; January i, 1896, to May i, 1897, contracting
freight agent Northern Steamship company at Buffalo;
Bay i, 1897, became traveling freight agent Minneapolis,
St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie railway and Minneapolis,
St. Paul and Buffalo Steamship company at Buffalo.
From March, 1906, to August, 1908, he was city freight
agent of the Canadian Pacific railway at Buffalo, N.Y.
Since 1908 he has been engaged in the business of rai^/ay
equipment at Buffalo, N.Y.

CHARLES HAMILTON HUGHES

Physican, Founder, Author,

Was born May 23, 1839, in St. Louis, Mo. Ir 1859 he
graduated from the St. Louis medical college. He /as
a major and army surgeon in the tnilitarv hrtoitals iur-
ing the civil war. He is president of the faculty and pro
fessor of nervous diseases in Barnes medical college of
St. Louis, Mo. He was editor and founder of the Alien
ist andNeurologist. He is the author of Reflex; Shuttle
Pulse; Patriot s Prayer; Up With the Flag; Symposium
of the Maine ; and the Great of Humble Birth in History ;
and resides in St. Louis, Mo.



SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS 579

JAY ELMER ADAMS,

Land Proprietor,

Was born March 30, 1862, on a farm near Osceola,
Clarke county, la., the son of Thomas J. Adams, a farmer,
and Beril la, his wife. His people were Kentuckians orig
inally, and are of the kin of the Adams, Moffett and
Hickman families of Indiana. Brought up as a country
boy, with no superfluity of education, Jay E. Adams was
thrown upon his own resources at eleven years of age
by the death of his mother. Each summer was spent in
working on a farm for the bare necessaries of life and
the winters were spent in plodding through simple text
books at a rural school. At the age of eighteen, Mr.
Adams took charge of a country school in western Ne
braska, then went into a store as clerk, and at twenty
became traveling salesman for a wholesale house in
Omaha, being then as thoroughly trained to toil and as
self-reliant and alert as most college men are at thirty.
His salary as a salesman was good and the nucleus of a
fortune was laid by frugal living and careful saving.
For a time Mr. Adams lived in Denver, Col., but in Oc
tober, 1890, settled in San Antonio, Tex., which has ever
since been his home. There he devoted himself to real
estate interests, buying much acre property and dividing
it into city lots. It is he who bought the land, plotted the
streets and developed the attractive suburb of Laurel
Heights, now the best resident property in the city. Mr.
Adams is a lso the owner of ninety thousand acres of land
in Mexico and eight thousand acres in Texas farm land,
of which more than two thousand acres is in cultivation
and in farms. He also owns some six hundred and fifty
acres in farms in Illinois; a summer resort an.d a summer
home in the mountain of Colorado, besides townsites and
additions in Texas. All of his operations have been con
ducted in his own name. To him and his wife, Mame M.
Young, whom he married in Central City, Nebraska, in



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1883, four children have been born, namely: Carleton,
Craig, Jay Junior, and Marjorie, a little girl now of six
years, but who is boss of the household. Mr. Adams
takes natural pride in his growing possessions, but far
more in the fact that he has never intentionally done any
thing to be ashamed of and has always tried to apply the
Golden Rule. He feels a keen interest in all public
affairs for the benefit of humanity and in his church and
Sunday school work, he himself being an international
worker and officer. His chief pride of all things is in the
manhood of his now three grown boys: one in business,
successful; one in college and the third in high school.
He says he expects them to be a great improvement on
the "old man", because they have a much better oppor
tunity than he had. Mr. Adams home is one of the
finest in all Texas and a prettier place could not be found
in all the Southland.

SANFORD C. LEWIS,

Business President,

Was born March 13, 1847, in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1876-
77 he was prospecting for minerals in Central and South
America; and subsequently became recognized as one of
the most successful business men of Western Pennsylvania.
He is president of the Eclipse Refining company; is vice-
president of the Franklin Natural Gas company; and for
two years has been mayor of Franklin, Pa. In 1896 he
was quartermaster-general of Pennsylvania. He was a
member of the St. Louis convention that nominated Presi
dent McKinley.



SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS 581

ERNEST R. MOORE,
Representative from Linn County,

Was born in Anamosa, Jones county, Iowa, November i,
1869. He moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with his par
ents in 1877 an d has since resided in that city. He is of
Scotch-Irish stock, his parents settling in Iowa in the
early fifties. Received his education in the common and
high schools of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, supplemented by
private instruction. Served upwards of ten years in the
Iowa national guard, resigning his commission in the fall
of 1897. On the outbreak of the Spanish-American war
he enlisted in Company C, forty-ninth, Iowa, as a private,
and was afterwards commissioned as first lieutenant and
quartermaster, serving on the staff in that capacity and
seeing service in the United States and Cuba. Is a banker
by profession, being president of the American Trust and
Savings bank, one of the largest banks of Cedar Rapids.
Married December 25, 1902, to Winifred Evans. Has
been a delegate from his county to all republican state
conventions for the last eleven years. Was a delegate to
the republican national convention at Chicago in 1908,
which nominated William H. Taft, and was secretary
of the delegation and a member of the convention com
mittee on rules. Elected representative in 1906, re-
elected in 1908 and 1910. A republican in politics.

JOSEPH THOMAS RICHARDS,

Railroad Engineer,

Was born February 12, 1845, near Rising Sun, Md. He
was educated at the West Nottingham academy of Mary
land; and in the Polytechnic college of Pennsylvania. In
1869 he entered railway service and soon filled positions
from rodman to chief engineer. He is now vice-president
and director of the West End Trust company; and past
president of the Engineers club of Philadelphia.



582 SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS

HUGH DOUGHERTY,

President Marion Trust Company of Indianapolis, Ind.,
Was born July 28, 1844, in Darke county, Ohio. He
served as a union soldier during the civil war, enlisting as
a member of company F, ninety-fourth regiment of Ohio
volunteer infantry. He was made prisoner of war, and
sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, until his exchange. After his
military career he entered business pursuits; became as
sistant cashier in the First National bank of Bluffton, of
which his uncle, John Studabaker, was president. The
title of this bank was subsequently changed to the Studa
baker bank, of which institution Mr. Dougherty has been
president since 1895. He was largely instrumental in the
building of several railroads, and has been active and
liberal in the promotion of all material interests in his
city and county, and has been equally conspicuous in ad
vancing the cause of education and morality. In 1870
he was elected to the Indiana state senate ; and served with
distinction in that body. In 1878 he was a candidate for
congress; and was delegate to the democratic national
convention in 1884 and again in 1892; and resides in In
dianapolis, Ind.

WILLIAM BEACH OLMSTED,

TLducator and Clergyman,

Was born February 26, 1864, in New York city. In 1887
he received the degree of A.B. from Trinity college; in
1908 he received the honorary degree of A. M. from
Yale university; and in 1910 the honorary degree of
L.H.D. from Trinity college. In 1887-97 he was master
of St. Mark s school at Southboro, Mass.; and since 1897
has been head master of the Pomfret school at Pomfret,
Conn. In 1908 he was ordained deacon and in 1909 was
ordained a priest in the Protestant Episcopal church.



SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS 583

AMOS LAWRENCE MASON,
Physician,

Was the grandson of Jeremiah Mason and of Amos Law
rence, and was born at Salem, Mass., April 20, 1842, his
father, the Rev. Charles Mason, D.D., being rector of
the old St. Peter s Episcopal church in Salem. Dr. Ma
son was graduated from Harvard in 1863, and, after
spending five years in travel and study, entered upon his
profession of medicine, taking his degree at the Harvard
Medical school in 1872, having passed the previous year
as house physician in the Massachusetts general hospital.
After another period of European study he returned to
Boston, where he has since given his constant attention to
his professional duties, which, like those of most physi
cians, are not of a nature to attract the public eye. He was
one of the directors of the Boston dispensary, a private
corporation established in 1796, which gives medica 1 ! care
to a large part of the poor of the city. He has spent much
time, for thirty years, as one of the medical staff in the
service of the great city hospital of Boston, an institution
which has few equals among similar municipal establish
ments, either from a philanthropic point of view, or as
regards the educational advantages which students of
medicine may there obtain. Dr. Mason was associate
professor of clinical medicine in the medical faculty of
Harvard university; member of the Massachusetts Med
ical society and of the Association of American Physi
cians; is president of the Suffolk district and of the medi
cal improvement societies in 1896-97. He belongs to the
Society of Colonial Wars.



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SHEPPARD KNAPP,

Merchant,

Was born in Yorktown, Westchester county, near Peek-
skill, August 30, 1839; descends from one of the older
families of the country. Moses Knapp, born in England
about 1655, was one f tne trustees named in the royal
charter of White Plains, dated March 13, 1721, and died
in this country in 1756 at the age of 101. The men of the
family were farmers and their lands have been handed
down from father to son through successive generations.
Jacob Frost Knapp, Sheppard s father, farmer and car
riage builder, died when his son was three years of age.
Coming to New York in 1852, a lad, Mr. Knapp obtained
a clerkship and saved enough to gain a year s course at
an academy in Bordentown, N.J. Resuming the fancy
dry goods trade in New York city, he accepted later a
clerkship in a retail carpet store in Hudson street. In
18555 a fellow clerk and he started a carpet store of their
1855 a fellow clerk and he started a carpet store of their
removing to a commodious store on Sixth avenue, near
his present location. Seven years later, he negotiated for
the erection of a large building, which he now occupies,
although it has been enlarged. When Mr. Knapp began
the sale of carpets, the American manufacture was in its
infancy. Mr. Knapp promoted the development of the
home industry, and it is largely due to his effort and ex
ample that millions of dollars, which were once annually
sent to Europe for carpets, are now retained in this coun
try. The Smyrna American carpet almost owes its exist
ence to Mr. Knapp, and he was refused a patent only on
a mere technicality. In 1863 he married Sarah E., daugh
ter of Hiram Miller of New York. They have five chil
dren. Mr. Knapp is an earnest and active citizen,
esteemed for his upright and progressive character. He
is a member of the New York Athletic club.



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WILLIAM MONTGOMERY CLEMENS,
Criminologistf

Was born in Paris, Ohio, January 16, 1860; son of John
and Sarah E. (Flickinger) Clemens; educated in public
school of Akron, Ohio, and Buchtel Coll.; married first
July 2, 1881, Rosa Garfield (deceased) ; second, Hacken-
sack, N.J., April 25, 1901, Edna Graves; children: Rhea,
born 1884; Nina, born 1886; Marian, born 1888; Flor
ence, born 1890. Local editor Akron Argus, 1876-77;
Pittsburg Leader, 1879; Dispatch, 1880; associate editor
Ledger, Cleveland, Ohio, 1881 ; city editor Cleveland
Sunday Voice, 1882; editor and publisher Vanity Fair,
Cleveland, 1884; correspondent United Press in cam
paign of 1884; editor and publisher San Diego Sunday
News, 1888-89; on editorial staff San Francisco Chron
icle, 1890-94; editor Literary Life, New York city, 1897;
American Press Association, 1898; revision editor Rid-



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