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path Library of Universal Literature, 1905. Author:
Famous Funny Fellows, 1882; Life of Mark Twain,
1891 ; Depew Story Book, 1896; Sixty and Six, 1897; Life
of Theodore Roosevelt, 1898; Life of Admiral Dewey,
1898; Hasty Pudding Poems, 1899; A Ken of Kipling,
1899; The Choate Story Book, 1902; The Gilded Lady
(novel), 1903; The House of the Hundred Doors, 1906.
Contributor of thousands of articles to encyclopaedias,
especially the Encyclopaedia Americana and the Britan-
nico Supplement. Has traveled extensively in Europe
and America. Engaged in business as expert in criminal
investigations, 1907-11. Republican; Unitarian. Recre
ation: Fishing. Address: 45 William Street, New York
city.



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HENRY GRAHAM ASHMEAD,

Historian and Playwright,

Was born in Philadelphia, Pa., June 30, 1838. He was
educated at West Chester academy and Saunders insti
tute, Philadelphia. He married first Rebecca Frances
Warner, daughter of Captain Richard W. Warner of
Alexandria, Va., and second Emma Campbell, daughter
of James and Angelina (Garsed) Campbell. He was ad
mitted to the bar of New York November 29, 1859; bar
of Delaware county, Pa. 2 February 23, 1875. Mr. Ash-
mead is author of: History of Delaware County (in Ea
gle s History of Pennsylvania), 1874; Historical Sketches
of Chester, 1883 ; History of Delaware County, Pa., 1884;
Chester and Its Suburbs, 1886; Art Work of Delaware
County, 1897; Genealogical Sketch of the Delaware
County National Bank; Descendants of Robert A. Phorty
Delaney, Wetherill, 1902; Souvenir History of Chester,
1903; and the same year was associate editor of Pennsyl
vania-Colonial and Federal; History of the Delaware
County National Bank; and the Story of Lapidea Farm.
He was one of the editors of the Genealogical and Per
sonal Memoirs of Chester and Delaware Counties; au
thor of plays: Mistress Nancy, The Captain s Ward,
Miss De Councy, A Hollow E en Tangle, The Match
makers, The Silent Witness. In 1885 President Cleve-
lland appointed him postmaster of the city of Chester.
He was one of the original organizers of the Delaware
County Historical society in 1895, an d has been the secre
tary since its institution. He is a member of the Swedish
Colonial society; Colonial Society of Pennsylvania; Sons
of the Revolution; American Historical association; Na
tional Geographic society; City History Society of Phi
ladelphia; Pennsylvania History club; and secretary for
the commission to erect a state hospital for the criminal
insane. Address: Chester, Pa.



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GEORGE RATHBONE DYER,

Banker,

Was born in Providence, R.L, June 24, 1869; son of
Elisha and Nancy Anthony (Viall) Dyer. His father
(q.v.) was the forty-first governor of Rhode Island, and
his grandfather the twenty-second governor of that state.
He was educated in private schools of Providence and at
St. Paul s School of Concord, N.H., and began his busi
ness career in the city of New York in the employ of the
banking house of Ladenburg, Thalman and company.
In 1900 he became identified with the firm of C. I.
Hudson and company, and on May ist of the following
year he was admitted to the firm as a partner. This firm
is one of the oldest brokerage houses in Wall street and
one with every extensive private wire connections all over
the country. Colonel Dyer has been identified with the
national guard of New York state for many years, having
joined the seventh regiment in 1889. Subsequently he
joined the twelfth regiment, and served as second lieuten
ant, then first lieutenant, and then captain. He saw active
service with his regiment in the Spanish-American war
in Cuba. He was promoted to be major of volunteers on
May 13, 1898, elected major of the twelfth regiment N.
G.N.Y. in June, 1899, and colonel on September 7, 1899,
a position he still holds. Colonel Dyer is a member of
the Knickerbocker and Union clubs of New York city,
the Meadow Brook Hunt club, and the Seawanhaka
Yacht club, the Society of Foreign Wars, Sons of the
Revolution, and military and naval order of Spanish-
American war. He is past-commander of Old Guard
Camp No. 19, Spanish-American War Veterans, and is a
trustee of the Grant Monument association. He was
married November 7, 1901, to Grace G., daughter of
Edward P. Scott of New York city, and has three sons,
Walter G., Elisha and George R. Dyer, Jr.



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WILLIAM GILSON FARLOW,

Botanist,

Was born in Boston, Mass., December 17, 1844. He was
graduated at Harvard in 1866, at the medical department
of that university in 1870, and spent several years in Eu
rope, studying under Henri A. de Bary in Strasburg,
and also with Eduard Bornet and Gustave Thuret. In
1874, after his return to the United States, he was ap
pointed assistant professor of botany at Harvard, and in
1879 was elected to the chair of cryptogamic botany. He
is a member of scientific societies in Europe and in the
United States, and besides being a fellow of the American
association for the advancement of science, received n
1879 an election to the National Academy of Sciences.
Professor Farlow s publications have been principally
devoted to marine algs, fungi, and diseases of plants.
These have gained for him a high reputation among
cryptogamic botanists. The accounts of the "Progress of
Botany," in the reports of the Smithsonian institution
from 1879 till 1886, were written by him, and he has also
contributed valuable articles on his specialties to the re
ports of the United States fish commission and to the Mas
sachusetts board of agriculture. He has published The
Potato Rot (Boston, 1875) ; Diseases of Olive and Orange
Trees (1876); The Gymnosporangia, or Cedar-Apples
of the United States (1880) ; The Marine Alga? of New
England (Washington, 1881); and has in preparation
(1887) Introduction to Cryptogamic Botany.

ANSON WALES HARD, SR.,

Coffee Importer,

Was born in Arlington, Vt, October 16, 1841 ; is a son of
the Rev. Anson B. Hard, a Protestant Episcopal clergy
man. Educated in the acaedmy of his church in Phila
delphia, Mr. Hard began life when sixteen years old as
clerk in his uncle s office in Baltimore. In 1862 he came



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to New York as the confidential and head clerk of
Wright, Maxwell and company, coffee merchants, and
in 1870 became a partner in Wright and company, coffee
merchants. Their trade was largely with Rio de Janeiro,
and Mr. Hard spent several years in Brazil, actively
promoting their interests. He returned to the North in
1874, an d in 1875 formed the present house of Hard and
Rand, coffee importers, now recognized a leading con
cern in the business, having branch houses in Santos, Rio
de Janeiro, London and Batavia. In 1870, Mr. Hard
married Miss Sarah E., daughter of James M. Brown,
the banker. Nine children have resulted from this union,
seven of whom are now living: James M. B., Sarah A.,
Julia P., Laura W., Nellie W., Anson W., and De Courey
L. Hard. Mr. Hard is widely known as an honest, able
and prudent man. He is a member of the Century Met
ropolitan, Rockaway Hunting, Down Town and Church
clubs, and a director of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance
company, the Bank of New York, the Seamen s Bank for
Savings, St. Luke s hospital, the Home for Incurables,
the Society of St. Johnland, and the American Museum
of Natural History; and trustee of the Norwich Fire
Insurance society of England.

WILLIAM HENRY LACY,

Clergyman and Missionary,

Was born Jan. 8, 1858, in Milwaukee, Wis. He was ed
ucated in the Northwestern university, and has received
the degrees of A.B., A.M., S.T.B., and D.D. In 1887-
94 he was a professor in the Anglo-Chinese college of
Foochow; in 1891-1903 was superintendent of the Anglo-
Chinese book concern; and since 1907 has been sole man
ager of the Methodist publishing house in China. He is
a director of the Woman s college of South China, and a
trustee of the Anglo-Chinese college of Foochow, China.



590 SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS

WILLIAM EDWARDS MURDOCK,

Printer and Publisher,

Was born September 15, 1844, in Candia, N.H.; son of
Rev. William and Mary J. (Read) Murdock, and a des
cendant of Robert Murdock, a native of Scotland, who
settled in Roxbury, Mass. He was educated at the Howe
academy in Billerica and the Lancaster institute, Lan
caster, Mass. He enlisted in the civil war as a member
of the z^th regiment Massachusetts infantry volunteers,
and participated in the battles of Roanoke Island, New-
bern, Kingston, Whitehall, Goldsborough, the siege of
Petersburg, and many other engagements. At the close
of the war he entered the printing business in Providence,
R.I., but within a year (1866) became connected with
Sampson, Davenport and company, publishers of the
Boston city directory. Ten years later he was admitted
to partnership. In 1903 the business was incorporated as
Sampson and Murdock company, Mr. Murdock having
been president of the company since its incorporation.
The business consists principally in publishing city direc
tories, maps, registers, almanacs, and other statistical
works, besides conducting a large printing plant in Bos
ton. Mr. Murdock is treasurer of the Drew Allis com
pany, a publishing house having offices in Worcester,
Mass., and was president of the Association of American
Directory Publishers for two years. For twenty-five
years he was an active member of the Park Street Congre
gational church of Boston, and is now a member of the
Old South Congregational church in Boston. He is
prominent in the Masonic fraternity, being past master of
Joseph Webb Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons,
member of St. Paul s Royal Arch Chapter and of De-
Molay Commandery, Knights Templars. He is a mem
ber of the Grand Army of the Republic, Post 113, de
partment of Massachusetts, 2$th Regiment association,
Bostonian society, National Geographic society, Boston



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Chamber of Commerce, Franklin Typographical Society,
Boston Typothetse, Boston Art club, New Hampshire,
and Congregational clubs; is a director of the Boston
Young Men s Christian association and a manager of the
North American Civic League. He is a republican in
politics, has always taken a deep interest in matters of
public welfare, and was at one time a prominent member
of the Municipal League, but has never entered public
life. Mr. Murdock was married November 29, 1877, to
Hattie E., daughter of Rev. Ichabod Marcy of Boston,
for nearly fifty years a minister of the New England
Methodist Episcopal conference.

ROGER LEAVITT,

Member of Board of Education,

Was born at Waterloo, Iowa, June 25, 1860, and gradu
ated at Beloit college in the class of 82. Immediately
after graduation he entered the banking office of his fa
ther, John H. Leavitt. In 1885, after a short post gradu
ate course at Yale college, he became cashier of the
Grundy County National bank, Grundy Center, Iowa,
where he remained until the spring of 1888, when he
moved to Cedar Falls and became first cashier of the
Cedar Falls National bank, of which bank he is now
vice-president. He is director of the Grundy County
National bank, Grundy County Savings bank, Townsend
and Cowan Lumber company, Cedar Falls Canning com
pany, Waterloo and Cedar Falls Union Mill company,
vice-president of the Cedar Falls Building and Loan as
sociation and of the Townsend and Merrill Lumber com
pany. In 1900 he was elected trustee of the state normal
school at Cedar Falls. A few years later was choesn
trustee of Grinnell college. In 1911 was elected trustee
of Chicago Theological seminary. Is married and has
four sons and two daughters. A republican in politics.



592 SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS

EDWARD LtAUTERBACH,

Lawyer,

Was born August 12, 1844, in New York city. His edu
cation was begun in the public schools and continued in
the College of the City of New York, from which he was
graduated with honors in 1864, later receiving the hon
orary degree of LL.D. from Manhattan college. Upon
the completion of this course he began the study of law
and after his admission to the bar he rose rapidly in his
profession, and is now the senior member of the well-
known firm of Hoadley, Lauterbach and Johnson. He
has three daughters. A son, also a member of that firm,
died a few years ago. Mr. Lauterbach has attained much
distinction as a lawyer. He has made an exhaustive study
of the statutes relating to corporations and has a high
standing at the bar as a specialist in this branch of prac
tice. He has successfully conducted a large number of
important litigations involving intricate points of law,
and has a wide reputation for being able to settle large
cases outside the courts. He has also been a prominent
figure in railroad circles as an organizer. Mr. Lauter
bach has always been a republican, and has taken an
active parti n state and national politics. For some years
he was chairman of the republican county committee of
New York, and was a delegate at large to the St. Louis
convention of 1904 and a member of the committee ap
pointed to draft the platform. He was a delegate at large
from New York city to the constitutional convention of
1894, and chairman of its committee on public charities.
He has been closely identified with charitable, educa
tional and philanthropic work; was president of the
board of trustees of the College of the City of New York
and a regent of the university of the state of New York
for seven years. He is a director of and counsel for a
large number of railway, steamship and industrial com
panies.



SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS 593

CHARLES M. SCHWAB,

Capitalist,

Was born February 18, 1862, in Williamsburg, Blair
county, Pa.; family removed to Loretto, Cambria county,
Pa., 1872; graduated from St. Francis college at 16; mar
ried at Loretto, Pa., 1883, Emma Dinkey. As a boy he
worked for neighboring farmers; drove coach to and
from Cresson, Pa., his father at one time being contractor
for carrying the mails between Loretto and Cresson;
clerk in grocery store at Braddock, Pa., 1878. He was
anxious to become a civil engineer, and in 1881 made his
ambition known to Captain Jones, one of the superin
tendents in the Edgar Thompson Steel works of the Car
negie Company, whom he asked for employment. Began
by driving stakes at $i a day, but in less than a year was
Captain Jones chief assistant, and in seven years was
chief of the engineering department, and it was princi
pally under his direction that the Homestead plant was
erected. On death of Capt Jones, was made superin
tendent of the Edgar Thompson works, and in 1892 of
the Homestead works also ; elected member board of man
agers Carnegie company 1896, and its president 1897, and
when the Carnegie interests were merged in the larger
United States Steel corporation in 1901, became president
of the latter until 1904, when he resigned the presidency.
Now president Bethlehem Steel corporation, trustee New
York Trust company, director in Carnegie Steel company
and many other iron, steel and coke corporations. Built
a magnificent Catholic church at Loretto, Pa., and estab
lished a complete electric lighting plant there; built a
convent house at Cresson, Pa., a thoroughly equipped in
dustrial school at Homestead, Pa., and fitted up, on the
southern shore of Staten island, N.Y., a sanitarium for
sick and crippled children during the summer months.
Has summer residence at Loretto, Pa. Residence: River
side Drive.



594 SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS

ALBERT LOWRY WEBSTER,

Consulting Engineer,

Was born in Orange, N.J., August 3, 1859; son of Ben
jamin Crampton and Eliza Campbell (Wilbur) Webster;
educated Yale, Ph.B., 1879; later C.E. ; fellow by cour
tesy John Hopkins university, 1884-85. Married in Grace
church, N.Y., June i, 1897, Mary Say Lawrence. Chil
dren: Benjamin Lawrence, born 1898; Eleanor, born
1901. Instructor in surveying Yale (Sheffield scientific
school), 1 880-81; assistant topographer United States
geological survey in the far west, 1881-84. In office of
W. H. Lindley, C.E., Frankfort-on-the-Main, Germany,
1885-86; since 1887 practising civil engineering in New
York city. Expert sanitary engineer of the department
of public works, New York city, 1888-89; special student
in architecture, Columbia university, New York, 1892-
94; lecturer on sanitary science in school of Hygiene of
Cornell Medical school, New York city, 1900-07; expert
for the tenement house commission, 1900-01 ; expert for
the consolidated public libraries, New York city; expert
for the new Bellevue hospitals, New York city. Repub
lican. Member Philosophical society, Washington, D.
C. ; associate member American Society Civil Engineers;
member New England Water Works association, A. A.
A.S., Franklin institute, Berzelius society, Yale univer
sity. Clubs: City, Century. Residence: 112 E. 4Oth St.
Address: 82 Wall St., New York City.

GEORGE T. SMITH,

Banker,

Was born April, 29, 1855, at New York City. Gradu
ated from grammar school No. 35 to the College of the
City of New York June, 1870. Entered railway service
1872 as messenger in office of superintendent Star Union
line at New York, since which time he has been consec
utively bill of lading clerk, rate clerk, custom house clerk,



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cashier and chief clerk to general agent, same line, at
New York; agent Pennsylvania road at New York; June
15, 1897, to July 15, 1901, eastern superintendent Star
Union line at New York; July 15, 1901, to resignation,
December 31, 1908, general agent Pennsylvania road at
New York. He is now president and director of First
National bank of Jersey City, i Exchange place, Jersey
City, N.J.; American Graphite company, director; Bay-
onne Trust company, director; Bergen and Lafayette
Trust company, director; Bowling Green Trust company,
director; the Colonial Life Insurance company of Amer
ica, vice-president and director; Joseph Dixon Crucible
company, president and director; the New Jersey Title
Guarantee and Trust company, vice-president and di
rector; People s Trust company, director; Provident In
stitute for Savings, member of board of managers; Rari-
tan River railroad, director; Trust Company of New Jer
sey, director; West Hudson County Trust company, di
rector; New York Bay railroad, director; E. L. Young
company, vice-president and director.

GEORGE F. WOLZ,

Mayor of Fremont, Neb.,

Was born December 30, 1862, in Philadelphia, Pa. He
was educated in the public schools of Fremont, Neb.;
and is now a successful merchant of that city. He is past
colonel of the Nebraska division Sons of Veterans; past
captain U. R. Knights of Pythias; and a member of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and is also Knight
Templar and Scottish Rite Mason and a member of sev
eral other fraternal and patriotic societies. Since 1903
he has been mayor of Fremont, and is now serving his
fourth term of 1911-1913. After stepping out of politics
for ten years, 1910-1911, was again placed in office by
the citizens of Fremont. Is also secretary of Fremont
commercial clubs.



596 SUCCESSP^UL AMERICANS

WILILIAM A. HAMMOND,

Lawyer and Statesman of Oklahoma,
Was born May 27, 1879, in Baltimore, Md. He was edu
cated at the Maryland Agricultural college; and at the
university of Maryland. He is a successful lawyer of
Oklahoma; is identified with the democratic party; and
has filled various positions of trust and honor. He is a
member of the Masonic lodge, Scottish Rite Mason, Elks,
Red Men, and Shrine. He is now serving his first term
of 1910-12 as a member of the Oklahoma House of Rep
resentatives; and resides in Hartshorne, Okla.

WILLIAM HENRY CARPENTER,
Associate Dean of the Graduate Faculties of Columbia

University,

Was bornjuly 15, 1853, in Utica, N.Y. He was edu
cated at Cornell university, Hamilton college, Johns
Hopkins university and at the university of Freiburg;
and has received the degrees of A.B. and Ph.D. He has
been vice-president of the Germanistic Society of Amer
ica. He is contributing editor of Americana Germanica;
and the author of numerous works in German.

HENRY BURD CASSEL,

United States Congressman from Pennsylvania,
Was born October 19, 1855, in Marietta, Pa. He finished
his education at the Columbia classical institute. In 1896
he was a delegate to the national republican convention.
In 1898-1902 he was a member of the Pennsylvania state
legislature. He is wholesale and retail lumber dealer;
and director and stockholder in various corporations.
He was a member of the fifty-seventh to fill a vacancy
and elected to the fifty-eighth and fifty-ninth congresses
as a republican. He was re-elected to the sixtieth con
gress from the ninth district of Pennsylvania for the
term of 1907-09; and resides in Marietta, Pa.



SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS 597

JOHN WALLACE SPRINGER,

Banker and Statesman of Denver, Col.,
Was born July 16, 1859, in Jacksonville, 111. In 1878 he
received the degree of A.B. from Asbury, now DePauw
university; and two years later was admitted to the bar.
In 1891 he was elected a member of the Illinois house of
representatives. In 1891-96 he practiced law and en
gaged in banking in Dallas, Texas. From 1896 he has
been a resident of Denver, Col.; aided in organizing and
became vice-president of the Capitol National bank in
1902. Since 1909 he has been president of the Conti
nental Trust company; is secretary and treasurer of the
Continental Land and Title company; and owns and op
erates a io,ooo-acre stock ranch near Denver. He was
elected mayor of Denver in 1904, but was counted out.
The same year he was endorsed by the Colorado state
convention for vice-president of the United States on the
republican ticket. In 1898-1905 he was president of the
National Live Stock association of the United States;
and since 1907 has been president of the Colorado Cattle
and Horse Growers association.

CHARLES HENRY DAVIS,

Business President of Yarmouth, Mass.,
Was born May 4, 1865, in Montgomery county, Pa. In
1887 he graduated at the head of his class from Colum
bia with the degree of C.E. Since 1889 he has been con
sulting engineer of Philadelphia, Boston and New York.
He is president of the American Road Machine com
pany; president of the Barclay Railroad company; presi
dent of the Long Valley Coal company; president of the
John Stephenson company; and president, vice-president
and director of a score of other corporations. He is a
member of the leading engineering and scientific societies
and a member of several Yacht clubs and the Union
League of New York and Philadelphia.



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GEORGE H. ALLEN,

Has gained his position in New York city through the
arduous labors of mercantile life, coupled with native
shrewdness and energy, and his partnership in the im
porting firm of Paris, Allen and company, of which he is
now senior partner. He has also been, for a number of
years, president of W. A. Gaines and company, distillers,
in Frankfort, Ky., incorporated with a capital of $600,-
ooo, who own the "Old Crow" and "Hermitage" distil
leries. He is a member of the New York Athletic club.



HORACE B. DUNN,
State Representative of Pennsylvania)
Was born in Huntingdon, Huntingdon county, Pa., Jan
uary 7, 1858 ; educated in the public schools and the acad
emy at Huntingdon; studied law and was admitted to the
bar of Huntingdon county in 1882, since which time he
has been practicing his profession; was chairman of the
Huntingdon county republican committee in 1887, 1890
and 1891; member of the borough council, 1889-1895;
district attorney, 1897-1903 ; elected to the house of repre
sentatives in November, 1910.



WILLIAM W. SEYMOUR,

Mayor of Tacoma, Wash.,

Was born July 20, 1861, in St. Albans, Vt. He is presi
dent of the number of public service corporations in the
state of Washington and elsewhere; and is also interested
quite extensively in timber lands in the state of Washing
ton. He has been president of the park board of Tacoma ;
and has filled numerous other positions of trust and honor,
and is now serving with distinction as mayor of Tacoma,
Wash.



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AURELIUS L. ARMSTRONG,

Representative from Henry County,
Was born at Quincy, Hickory county, August 8, 1854.
When one year old, he moved with his parents to Henry
county, where he has lived continuously, except the time
spent in Lincoln county during the civil war. He was
married to Miss Susan M. Henshaw May i, 1879, and
one child, now married, was born of the union. He
served as mayor of Clinton during the years 1904 and
1905, was a member of the central city committee for
four years, and was elected as representative of the 46th



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