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general assembly by a majority of 1,051. He served on
the committees on accounts, the public health and scien
tific institutions, commerce and manufactories, and the
redistricting committees. He resides at Clinton, is a
druggist, and is a member of the Christian church, and
also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America; has
served on the official board of the former for many years,
and is at present a deacon of the local church; is also
member of Head Camp standing committee on hazard
ous risks and prohibited occupations in Modern Wood
men, and is an active member of Elk lodge.



JOHN LAZELLE SAWYERS,

President Centerville National Bank of Iowa,
Was born in July, 1856, in Unionville, Iowa. He is
prominently identified with the business and public af
fairs of Centerville, Iowa; and has filled various posi
tions of trust and honor. He is president of the Center
ville National bank; vice-president of the Centerville
Savings bank; vice-president of the Southern Iowa Trac
tion company; and is also identified with various other
industrial and financial business enterprises.



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ALPHONSO TRUMPBOUR CLEARWATER,

Lawyer and Jurist of Kingston, N. Y.,
Was born September 11, 1848, in West Point, N.Y. He
was educated at the Anthon grammar school; attended
the Kingston academy, and received the degree of LL.D.
from Rutgers for distinction in public service. In 1877
he became district attorney for Ulster county, N.Y. ; was
re-elected in 1880 and in 1883; and in 1884 and 1886
declined the nomination for congress. In 1889-98 he
was county judge of Ulster county. He was appointed
justice of the supreme court to succeed Alton B. Parker;
and was then elected chief judge of the court of appeals.
He was many times a delegate to the national, state, sena
torial and other conventions. He is vice-president of
the Ulster County Historical society; and has contributed
numerous papers and addresses on historical, patriotic
and biographical topics to standard publications.

JOHN ABNER MEAD,

Of Rutland City, Vt.,

Was born in Fair Haven, April 20, 1841, and located in
Rutland December 8, 1870; is a manufacturer and was
educated at Middlebury college, where he graduated in
1864; was a private in Company K, 12 regiment; was a
member of the senate in 1892; is president of the Howe
Scale company, and also president of the Baxter National
bank; was treasurer of the Rutland and Addison Railroad
company, director of Clement National bank, director
and president of the State Trust company, and mayor of
the city of Rutland, and was member of the house in 1906,
and lieutenant-governor in 1908; governor in 1910. Re
ligious preference, Congregationalist. He received de
gree of LL.D. from Norwich university of Vermont in
June, 1911; from Middlebury college of Vermont in
June, 1911; from University of Vermont in October,
1911.



SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS 601

GORHAM POWERS,

Lawyer and Jurist,

Was born in Pittsfield, Somerset county, Maine, Septem
ber 14, 1840. He received a common school and aca
demic education; settled in Minnesota in 1866; enlisted
as a private Feb. 4, 1862, fourth Maine battery light
artillery; commissioned lieutenant in thirteenth United
States colored heavy artillery August, 1864; discharged
October, 1865. Graduated from Albany law school,
1866; practiced law in Minneapolis two years, then lo
cated at Granite Falls; held the office of county attorney
of Yellow Medicine county seven years; in 1879 was a
member of the legislature; appointed judge of district
court 1 2th judicial district, Minn., by Governor Merriam
February, 1890; elected same year and re-elected in 1908;
has since been re-elected without opposition, his present
term expiring January, 1915.

F. G. BUFORD,

State Representative of Tennessee,

Was born December 13, 1851, in Buford, Tenn. He was
educated at the Washington and Lee university of Vir
ginia was graduated with highest honors in Greek, Latin
and mathematics. He is a successful farmer and stock
man of Somerville, Tenn; is a member of the executive
board of trustees of the Tennessee state fair; was presi
dent of the national standard pacing horse register; and
has also been president of various live stock associations.
In 1895 he represented Giles county in the Tennessee
legislature. He is now a state representative from Fay-
ette county to the Tennessee legislature; is serving his
scond term og 1909-11 ; and resides in Somerville, Tenn.
In 1895 he married Miss Corinne Cannon of Somerville,
Tenn., and to them was born one son, Frank Cannon
Buford.



602 SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS

ROMEO A. NORTON,

Of Huntington, Vt.,

Was born in Huntington January 15, 1857, and has always
lived there; occupation, farmer; was educated in the com
mon schools; was first constable and collector from 1886
to 1892, deputy sheriff from 1886 to 1902, a member of
the republica ntown committee six years, selectman from
1905 to 1908, lister from 1895 to 1898, and at the present
time, and high bailiff and lister from 1886 to the present
time. Religious preference, Free Baptist. Post office
address : Huntington Center, Vt. Was elected a member
of the Vermont legislature of 1910 and 1911 and served
as one of the committee on minor courts. His grand
father came from Otis, Mass., was among the first settlers
of Huntington, and a relative of Ex-President Grant;
collector of taxes five years; studied law 1882 and 1883.
Married twice; his first wife was Anna E. Bickford of
Huntington, by which five children were born, all living:
Ernest Guy Norton, Hobert J. M., Bertha C., Martha
M., and Anna M. Norton ; his first wife died in 1899, and
married for his second wife in 1902 Miss Nellie M.
Buzzell of Barrington, N.H. She died November 21,
1911.



WILLIAM H. O BRIEN,

Banker and Statesman of Indiana,

Was born in Lawrenceburg, Ind. He has been mayor of
Lawrenceburg, Ind.; and served with distinction as a
member of the Indiana state senate. He has been chair
man of the Indiana democratic state central committee;
and treasurer of the democratic national committee. He
is now auditor of state for Indiana; and resides in India
napolis, Ind.



SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS 603

YATES STIRLING,

United States Naval Officer,

Was born May 6, 1843, in Baltimore, Md. He was edu
cated in the private schools of Baltimore; and at the
United States naval academy. He served on the OnOn-
daga and on the Shenandoah; was promoted ensign in
1863, lieutenant in 1866, lieutenant-commander in 1868,
commander in 1880, captain in 1894, and rear admiral in
1902. In 1900 he was commandant of the naval station
at San Juan; in 1902 was commander of the navy yard at
Puget Sound; in 1903-04 commanding the Philippine
squadron; and in 1904-05 was commander-in-chief of the
Asiatic fleet. In 1905 he was retired from active service;
and resides in Baltimore, Md.

HOWARD TEASDALE,

Lawyer and Statesman of Sparta, Wis.,
Was born August 9, 1855, m Janesville, Wis. He received
the rudiments of his eduvation in the rural schools; at
tended Sparta high school; and graduated from the uni
versity of Wisconsin. He is identified with the repub
lican, party; is a successful lawyer; and a member of
several fraternal and patriotic societies. He was city
clerk for five years; was a justice of the peace for two
years; and for ten years served is city attorney. For
twelve years he was superintendent of the waterworks;
and for four years was president of the water commis
sioners. For fifteen years he has been treasurer of the
city schools. For nearly four years he was district at
torney of Monroe county; has been special state treasury
agent; and for ten years deputy county clerk to the court
commissioners. He is now serving his first term of 191 1-
15 as a member of the Wisconsin state senate from the
thirty-first district.



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ABBOT S. COOKE,
Business President of Pittsburg, Pa.,
Was born July 9, 1859, in Chicago, 111. In 1881-87 he
was cashier of the Springer Mercantile and Banking com
pany of Springer, N.M.; and in 1888-96 was engaged in
the banking and lumber business in Hoisington, Kas. In
1896-1905 he was the eastern representative of the Mor
gan-Gardner Electric company; and since 1905 has been
president of the Cooke-Wilson Electric Supply company
of Pittsburg, Pa. He is a director of the Union Electric
company; vice-president and director of the Diamond
Machine company; and president of the Cooke and Wil
son company of Charleston, W.Va. He is a member of
the Sons of the American Revolution; a member of the
Pittsburg board of trade; a member of the Pittsburg
Athletic association; and a member of the Automobile
club of Pittsburg, and various other organizations.

CHARLES I. HUDSON,

Broker of Wall Street,

Was born August 20, 1852, in New York city. In 1874
he became a member of the New York Stock exchange;
and two years later entered business under the firm name
of C. I. Hudson and company, which has become one of
the leading brokerage firms of Wall street. He was one
of the organizers of the Fourteenth Street bank in 1888;
was one of the organizers and directors of the Thirty-
fourth Street bank and the Trust Company of America.
He is a member of the Metropolitan club, Union League
club, Thousand Island Yacht club, Meadow Brook Hunt
club, American Jersey club, an dnumerous others. He
has purchased Knollwood at East Norwich, L.I., which
consists of an estate of two hundred and eighty-three
acres, where he has the largest herd of imported jerseys in
America.



SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS 605

WILLIAM WESLEY BARRY,

Retired Pay Inspector in United States Navy,
Was born in Fall River, Mass. Acting assistant Paymas
ter July 30, 1863, to September, 1865, Mississippi squad
ron. Appointed assistant paymaster March 15, 1870;
navy yard, New York, May, 1870, to December, 1872;
U.S.S. Supply, January, 1873, to December, 1873, Vienna
exposition; U.S.S. Mayflower, North Atlantic station,
May, 1874, to October, 1874; U.S.S. Canonicus, North
Atlantic station, November, 1874, to April, 1875; U.S.S.
Alert, North Atlantic station, May, 1875, to August,
1875; store-ship Onward, Callao, Peru, September, 1875,
to November, 1877; nav Y var d, Boston, July, 1878, to
October, 1878; naval depot, Nagasaki, Japan, February,
1879, to December, 1881 ; U.S.S. Swatara, North Atlantic
station, December, 1882, to December, 1884; U.S. re
ceiving ship Independence, Mare island, California, Oc
tober, 1885, to November, 1888; "Essex," South Atlantic
station, April, 1890, to April, 1893; leave of absence,
April, 1893, to July, 1893; navy yard, Portsmouth, July,
1893, to August, 1896; navy yard, Mare Island, Cal., Oc
tober, 1896-99. Retired, September 15, 1899. He was
one of three United States naval officers present as the
representatives of the United States navy on the opening
of the Vienna exposition. While in charge of the United
States naval depot at Nagasaki, Japan, he had nearly
three hundred thousand dollars worth of stores under his
charge, for issue to the United States naval ships on the
Asiatic station when required by them. Since retiring in
1899 he has been on duty at the navy yard, Boston, April,
1902, to June, 1903; at the navy pay office, -Portsmouth,
N.H., June, 1903 to August, 1904; and at the navy yard,
Portsmouth, N.H., October, 1904, to November, 1905.



G06 SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS

MARTIN S. BRENNAN,

Roman Catholic Priest,

Was born July 23, 1845, in Ireland. He was brought to
St. Louis by his parents when about three years old. In
1865 he received the degree of A.B., and subsequently
the degree of A.M., from the College of the Christian
Brothers of St. Louis. In 1869 he was ordained a priest;
for eleven years he was assistant pastor of St. Malachy s
church of St. Louis, Mo.; was pastor of St. Thomas for
eight years; and was then promoted to the charge of St.
Lawrence O Toole s. He is the author of Electricity
and Its Discoveries; What Catholics Have Done for Sci
ence; and Astronomy, New and Old.

JAMES STROUD BELL,

Flour Miller,

Was born in Philadelphia, Pa., June 30, 1847; son of
Samuel and Elizabeth (Faust) Bell; educated in public
school and Central high school, Philadelphia; married
at Philadelphia January 8, 1873, to Sallie Montgomery
Ford. Began business life as clerk with father in firm of
W. and S. Bell, Philadelphia, 1864; admitted to firm of
Samuel Bell and Son 1868; withdrew from firm in 1888
and removed to Minneapolis; partner in firm of Wash-
burn, Martin and company, 1888-89; president since 1889
of Washburn-Crosby company, manufacturing flour at
Minneapolis; Buffalo, N.Y. ; Louisville, Ky. ; Great
Falls, Mont.; and Kalispell, Mont.; largest milling con
cern in United States, and larger flour output than any
other company in the world. Also vice-president St. An
thony and Dakota Elevator company, Barnum Grain
company; president Royal Milling company; director
for many years of Northwestern National bank Minne
apolis. Republican (stalwart). Presbyterian. Clubs:
Minneapolis, Minikahda, Lafayette. Director Chicago
Great Western Railway company.



SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS 607

JOHN HENRY ALBIN,

Lawyer and Statesman of Concord, N. H.,
Was born October 17, 1843, in West Randolph, Vt. In
1864 he greduated from Dartmouth college. In 1868 he
began the practice of law; in 1872-73 was a member of the
New Hampshire state legislature; and has rilled numer
ous other positions of trust and honor. In 1879 he was
grand master of Odd Fellows of New Hampshire; is
prominent in other lodges; and was one of the founders
of the Odd Fellows home of New Hampshire. He has
been president for many years of the Sullivan county rail
road; and for some ten years was president and principal
owner of the Concord street railway, which in 1901 was
taken over by the Boston and Maine railroad.

LESLIE WALWORTH LEITHHEAD,

Chemist,

Was born at Montreal, Canada, August 6, 1868, son of
James B. and Charlotte (Davis) Leithhead; educated in
common schools, Montreal; Montreal College of Chem
istry and Pharmacy, gold medalist, minor and major ex
aminations, graduate (about) 1888 or 1889. Was con
nected with Kenneth Campbell and company, wholesale
druggists, Montreal, Canada, June 10, 1880-90; in charge
of laboratory of Lyman, Knox and company, Montreal,
1890-93; member of Martin, Bole and Wynne company,
Winnipeg, Man., 1893-96; came to Duluth and bought
interest in Sagar Drug company, 1896; now president and
manager of the L. W. Leithhead Drug company, organ
ized 1900, importers, wholesale druggists and manufac
turing chemists. Licentiate of pharmacy in Minnesota,
Wisconsin and North Dakota. Republican. Episcopa
lian. Married at Duluth October 8, 1902, to Miss Ophe
lia Sellwood. Clubs: Kitchi Gammi, Commercial,
Northland Golf; Minnesota (St. Paul); Minnesota so
ciety, N.Y. Recreations: Fishing and hunting.



608 SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS

DAVID NEWTON JONES,

Physician of Gaylord, Minn.,

Was born September i, 1856, in Corner, Ohio. He stud
ied in the northwestern Ohio normal school; then taught
school for awhile; and in 1881 commenced the practice
of medicine in Lima, Ohio. In 1890-93 and 1900-04 he
was president of the Board of Education of Gaylord,
Minn.; and in 1888-89 was mayor of that city. He is a
prominent member of the Masonic order; was a member
of the state board of medical examiners; was appointed
on the state hospital board and served as its president the
last ewo years of his term. In 1902 he erected the Gay-
lord hospital; for ten years was chairman of the demo
cratic county committee; and is prominently identified
with the business and public affairs of his community.



EDGAR R. BARTON,

Surgeon and Physician,

Was born at South Bridgton, Me., May 26, 1872; son of
James H. and Laura E. (Chaplin) Barton; educated in
public schools of Portland, Me., and Minneapolis,
Minn.; university of Minneapolis, College of Medicine
and Surgery, graduating, degree of M.D., 1901. Has
been engaged in practice of medicine at Frazee since
1901. President Frazee Drug company. Surgeon for
Northern Pacific Railway company and Nichols-Chis-
olm Lumber company. Ex-president village council,
Frazee; director Citizens State bank. Member Clay-
Becker County Medical Society, Minnesota State and
American Medical associations. Republican. Married
at Wadena, Minn., November 13, 1901, to Miss Mabel
Parker; three children: James Parker, born August 21,
1902 ; and Edgar R., Jr., born April 26, 1906 ; John Chap
lin, born November 29, 1907.



SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS 609

GUSTAV ADOLPH BENZE,

Clergyman,

Was born in Warren, Pa., Jan. 11, 1867; son of A. Leo
pold Benze, preacher, poet and composer, and Elizabeth
(Kiehl) Benze. The Benze family is an old Brunswick
family of which the celebrated astornomer Gauss is its
most illustrious descendant. The paternal grandmother
was a De Pomalianski, member of a noble Polish family.
He was educated in the public schools of Erie, Erie high
school, Thiel college, Greenville (graduated A.B. with
first honor and A.M. in course) ; theological seminary,
Gettysburg; and graduated from the theological seminary
of Lutheran church, Philadelphia. Received the honor
ary title of D.D. from Upsala college, Kenilworth, N.J.,
May 30, 191 1. He married in Erie, Pa., October 7, 1903,
Alice L. Fourspring. Mr. Benze was ordained to the
ministry in 1889, holding his first pastorate at Corry-
Drakes Mills, 1889-1891 ; organized the first Danish
church in Pennsylvania at Corry; assumed pastorate of
St. John s Evangelical Lutheran church, 1891; built a
large addition to the church at the cost of $35,000. He
organized St. Stephen s church, Erie, and built the first
church; organized St. Mathew s church, Erie; was in
strumental in organizing missions at Conneaut and Ashta-
bula, Ohio, and Dunkirk, N.Y., also in starting Erie
Church Extension society; one of the founders of the
Lutheran Home for the Agedt, Erie, Pa. Mr. Benze
has been president of the Erie conference of Lutheran
Pittsburg Synod 1878-1910; mmber of the executive com
mittee of synod 1898-1910; member of mission committee
and secretary of educational committee Pittsburg synod;
delegate to the general councils of the Lutheran church
at Erie, Pa.; Lima, O. ; Norristown, Pa.; Milwaukee,
Wis. ; Buffalo, N.Y. ; and Lancaster, Pa. He is a member
of the Erie County Historical society, Chamber of Com
merce, Erie; president of the Lutheran Home for the



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Aged, Chrysostomos society, Thiel college, Alumni asso
ciation of Thiel college. Member of the Kropp commis
sion of the general council; of the committee on German
conference ; recording secretary of the German home mis
sion board, and recording secretary of the Slav mission
board of the general council. He is author of a history
of St. John s Lutheran church, Erie, Pa., and publisher
and editor of the Kirchliche Wegweiser and Parish In
dex.

RICHARD HENRY GILBERT,

Clergyman of Berwick, Pa.,

Was born April 8, 1855, in Wales. He received the de
gree of D.D. from Dickinson college of Carlisle, Pa. For
ten years he was engaged in photography; in 1877178
was editor of the Hazleton Sentinel; and since 1878 has
been a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church. Since
1906 he has been superintendent of the Danville district,
central Pennsylvania conference of the Methodist Epis
copal church. He was president of the Pennsylvania
auxiliary of the American Society of Religious Educa
tion; and vice-president and State secretary of St. Paul.

THOMAS FELL,

Educator, College President,

Was born July 15, 1851, in Liverpool, England. He was
educated at King s college of London; in 1874 graduated
from the London university; received the degree of LL.D.
from Hampden-Sidney college; and the degree of Ph.D.
from St. John s college of Maryland. In 1884-86 he was
professor of ancient and modern languages in the new
Windsor college of Maryland; and since 1886 has been
president of Saint John s college at Annapolis, Md. In
1897 he was vice-chancellor of the university of Mary
land. He has made valuable contributions to educational
and scientific literature.



SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS 611

THOMAS E. JACKSON,

Retired Merchant of Tampa, Fla., fl

Was born in 1852 in Hillsborough county, Fla. He was
educated at Tampa and at St. John s college of Fordham,
N.Y. He then engaged in mercantile pursuits with his
father, a large wholesale and retail house in Tampa,
which business he continued after his father s death in
1887. He served three terms as Mayor of his city; was
author of the bonding bill; and for ten years was treas
urer of Hillsborough county. In 1895 he retired from
the mercantile business; and is now identified with the
real estate business of Tampa, Fla.

DYRE B. BAKKE,

Banker,

Was born in Stange Prestegjeld, Hedemarken, Norway,
December 6, 1854; son f Berthel Larson and Eline
(Dyresen) Bakke; attended common schools eight years
and private school two years. Came to America in 1881 ;
was engaged as Norwegian teacher in Otter Tail county
two years; managed a farm and a country store in New-
folden, Marshall county, 1887-1901; filled positions of
school clerk, town clerk and county commissioner for the
last ten years of the period; in real estate business at Thief
1906, and soon after organized the People s State bank.
July 3, 1903, of which he was president; sold out in May,
19066, and soon after organized the People s State bank.
Ex-alderman and ex-mayor of Thief River Falls. Re
publican. In the year 1910 he organized Holt State
bank at Holt, Marshall county, Minn.; is now the presi
dent of said bank and holding the controlling stock. Sold
out his holdings in the People s State bank. Member of
Evangelical Lutheran church. Mason. Married at
Christiania, Norway, February 27, 1879, to Bredene Jo-
hansen.



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HENRY GOULD FOOTE,
President H. G. Foote Lumber Company,
Was born at Danbury, Conn., May 22, 1874; son of David
Thompson and Mary Alice (Gould) Foote; educated in
schools at Bridgeport, Conn., and Boston, Mass. Began
in lumber business, 1898; president and general manager
H. G. Foote Lumber company, organized September i,
1906, as wholesale and retail dealers in lumber, lime,
cement, plaster, coal, wood and building material. Vice-
president Minneapolis Building Material Exchange.
Member Gamma Delta Psi fraternity. Mason; member
I.O.O.F., Knights of Maccabees. Married at Minne
apolis January 8, 1902, to Miss Jessie M. Queal. Clubs:
Cemmercial, Min ikahda, Minneapolis, Lafayette, and
civic and commercial associations.

JULIUS FLEISCHMANN,

Banker and Business President of Cincinnati, Ohio,
Was born June 8, 1872, in Riverside, Hamilton county,
Ohio. He graduated from the Franklin school of Cin
cinnati, Ohio. In 1894 he became manager of his father s
business; and in 1897 on his father s death in conjunction
with his brother he assumed control of all the various
Fleischmann interests. He is president of the Union
Grain and Hay company; president of the Market Na
tional bank; president of the Security Savings Bank and
Safe Deposit company; president of the Riverside Malt
ing and Elevator company of Cincinnati; president of the
Illinois Vinegar Manufacturing company of Chicago;
and president of the Fleischmann Manufacturing com
pany of New York. He served with distinction on the
staffs of Governors McKinley, Bushnell and Nash. In
1901-0^ he served two terms as mayor of Cincinnati,
Ohio; is a 32-degree Mason; and president of numerous
clubs and societies.



SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS 613

GEORGE WEIDMAN DAW,

Lawyer and Statesman of Troy, N.Y.,
Was born May 24, 1855, in Cohoes, N.Y. Since 1880 he
has practiced law in Troy, N.Y. ; has occupied many im
portant local positions; and in 1883-86 was attorney for
the excise board of Troy. He was one of the organizers,
and in 1895 became a director of the People s bank of
Lansingburgh; and is a director in other concerns. He
takes an active part in politics; has been secretary of the
Rensselaer county repubilcan committee in 1880-84, an d
was acting chairman during the Elaine campaign of 1884.
He was one of the organizers of the Rensselaer Union
club, now known as the Troy Republican club. He was
one of the organizers and is now a director in the People s
bank of Troy, N.Y. He was also one of the organizers
of the Union bank of Schenectady; of the Albany Trust
company; and of the Troy Trust company.



CHARLES E. FRIEDRICH,

Wholesale Grocer,

Was born at Red Wing, Minn., June i, 1862 ; son of John
M. and Anna C. (Kampe) Friedrich; educated in public
schools of Red Wing; married at Red Wing 1894 to Miss



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