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and 1882. He was instructor in jurisprudence in Yale University,
1893-94, fuU professor of law 1894-99, and treasurer of the corpora-


tion 1899-1904. He is a member of the Union League, Grolier and
Yale clubs of New York City and of the Quinnipiack and Graduates
Clubs of New Haven, Connecticut.

Mr. Tyler is a man of strong personality and keen judgment,
unique among presidents of public service corporations. He has
strong views upon the subject of the obligations owed to the public
by these corporations, and is the first president of one of them, the
Southern New England Telephone Company, to issue new stock to
stockholders at a figure considerably in advance of par, thus antici-
pating legislation of that import. A lover of literature and nature,
a professional man by education, and a corporation manager by
position, he represents a type destined to prevail and dominate in
the years to come.

He was married November 5th, 1873, to Delia Talman, daughter
of Victor Gifford and Georgiana (Mallory) Audubon of New York ,
City, and of the five children born of this marriage four are now living.
The children living are Victor Morris Tyler, secretary of the
Southern New England Telephone Company, Ernest Franklin Tyler, .
an artist in New York City, Leonard Sanford Tyler, and Audubon :
Tyler. His daughter, Mary Tyler, died in November, 1902, at the
age of seventeen years and eleven months.



WALLACE, FRANK ALBERT, president of the R. Wallace
and Son's Manufacturing Company, of Wallingford, New-
Haven County, Connecticut, was born in that town Sep-
tember 23rd, 1857. He is a descendant of James Wallace, who came
from Scotland to Ireland and later to Blandford, Massachusetts, in
early colonial days. His father was Robert Wallace, one of the most
progressive and prominent manufacturers of his day, a man whose
originality and persistent application left a marked influence on the
history of American industry. He was the pioneer manufacturer of
German silver in America, and started the largest concern devoted to
the manufacture of flat silverware in the world. Mr. Wallace's
mother was Harriet Moulthroup, a woman who exerted a power-
ful influence upon the moral life of her son.

As a boy Mr Wallace was healthy and strong. He was brought
up in the country, attended the common schools there, and always
had plenty of work to do outside of school hours.

In 1873 Mr. Wallace began his life work as a manufacturer by
entering his father's employ. The concern then manufactured
exclusively for the Meriden Britannia Company, but in 1876 the
business took on much larger proportions and began the rapid develop-
ment which has made it the largest of its kind in the world. From
the moment the company started to market its own productions Mr.
Wallace was determined to win the utmost success as a silversmith,
and the fact that he is now president of an industry that has sales-
rooms in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and London shows the
full realization of this desire for success. Mr. Wallace has been
workman, director, superintendent, secretary and, since 1893, president
of the company, and the growth of the business has been as rapid
and as just as his own rise in position. His career proves the value of
a thorough mastery of one business and of a single aim in life, that
of doing one thing thoroughly and well. Mr, Wallace has never held
public office, though he is a staunch Republican. His business


interests, outside of his own company, are presidency and director-
ship in the First National Bank of Wallingford and directorship in the
Wallingford Company. He is also a director in the New Haven
County Anti-tuberculosis Society. He has been president of the
Wallace Purchasing Company since 1894.

In private life Mr. Wallace has much that is of interest. In creed
he is a Congregationalist. Socially he is a member of the Union
League Club of New Haven, His favorite diversions are fly fishing
and automobiling. In June, 1884, Mr. Wallace married Zula Custer,
and in December, 1898, he married his second wife, Sarah Eose Man-
ning. He has four children, Barbara Manning, Jean Atwater, Eobert,
and Floyd.


TAFT, HOKACE BUTTON, educator and head master of the
Taft School at Watertown, Litchfield County, Connecticut,
was born in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, on December
28th, 1861. His earliest ancestor in this country was Eobert Taft,
who came from England and settled in Massachusetts about 1670.
Mr. Taft's father, Alphonso Taft, a lawj^er, was judge of the
Superior Court in Cincinnati, Secretary of War, Attorney General,
United States minister to Austria and to Russia. Mr. Taft's brother,
William Howard Taft, former governor of the Philippine Islands,
is now Secretary of War in the Cabinet of President Roosevelt.

Mr. Taft lived in Cincinnati until he was twenty-five years old.
He prepared for college in the Woodward High School and then
entered Yale College, where he received the degree of Bachelor of
Arts in 1883. He was a member of the Skull and Bones Society and
of Psi Upsilon. After a year abroad he entered the Cincinnati Law
School. He did not graduate, but was admitted to the bar before
the end of his course. He practiced law for a year in partnership with
his father, Alphonso Taft, and Henry N. Morris, under the firm name
of Taft, Morris & Taft. In 1887, however, he abandoned the
practice of the law and accepted an appointment as tutor in Latin in
Yale University, his purpose being to enter upon educational work and
eventually to establish a school. He held the tutorship for three years
and in 1890 established a school at Pelham Manor, New York. In
1893 he moved the school to Watertown, Connecticut, where it now
is. The school has prospered and has now more than a hundred
pupils and is ranked as among the half-dozen leading preparatory
schools in the East.

Though Mr. Taft was a Cleveland Democrat, he joined the Repub-
lican party when Bryan came to the front. On the 29th of June, 1892,
Mr. Taft married Winifred S. Thompson, of Niagara Falls, New
York. Mr. Taft is a man of strong individuality and especially
fitted by temperament and in disposition to develop and inspire the
young schoolboy.


PEES ON AL accomplishment is one measure of a man's life. The
influencing of others to achievement is another, hardly second-
ary, and if in fact less appreciated it is because it is not
always furnished by those influenced and is of itself more difl&cult
of apprehension by the world at large. Both measures are invited by
the life of Charles Hopkins Clark of Hartford. And one is as
readily applied by the reviewer as the other, since the result
of his endeavor with and through others is as clear to the
public mind as is his one "life work," the editorship of the Hartford
Courant. An editor of such a journal, through a considerable period
of years, he naturally would have great influence in a wide circle of
most intelligent readers; that is the function of every worthy editor,
and that — the public has often learned — is what Mr. Clark prizes
above all other honors. But there is another source and method
of his influence, as of his achievement, and that is to be found in the
versatility of his genuis, his quick grasp of a situation in its entirety,
his power of forecasting, his frankness and keenness as an adviser.
The question put, the answer comes like a flash, sometimes convulsing
one with its wit, but always unerringly straight to the point.

Men of such mold cannot be in constant agreement with all their
fellows, nor yet at all times with the majority of those with whom
they may most like to agree. But they conduct their contests in the
open, and it is when both sides or all sides are contesting in the
open, in politics, that such men become party counselors and leaders.
They are the men who stand for action as against dark-room plot-
ting, for having the public see everything that is done and how it is
done, and then doing it, accepting full responsibility in their con-
sciousness of above-board purpose.

If there is such a thing as the "old New England conscience," so
often mentioned in literature, Mr. Clark should have it by inheritance,
for his ancestors include Elder William Brewster, Benjamin Payne,
Matthew Grant, John Hopkins, Nathaniel Whiting, John Dwight,

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John Bronson, William Clarke, John Strong, and Joseph Parsons.
It is hardly necessary to mention the deeds of these builders of New
England and American history; aside from their achievements it is
to be noted that each was an exemplar of those sturdy qualities — "old
New England conscience" or what you will — which so materially
have advanced the nation and the race.

Mr. Clark's father was the Hon. Ezra Clark who, as president of
the Board of Water Commissioners, did much toward establishing
Hartford's splendid system of water supply, and who also served the
First Connecticut District most acceptably as its representative in
Congress. He was a merchant and a manufacturer. His wife was
Mary Hopkins. The son, Charles Hopkins Clark, was born in Hart-
ford, April 1st, 1848.

Nearly all Hartford youths preparing for college go to the Hart-
ford Public High School; it was particularly fitting that Mr. Clark
should receive the benefits of this institution, which was founded
almost simultaneously with the founding of the town and in which
his forbears had had a deep interest. Entering Yale in 1867, he
found the companionship of men who were destined to take high
place in the world's affairs; he formed acquaintances which have
grown more precious as the years go b}^, and the faith his college
mates had in him has been amply confirmed. He was a member of
the senior society of Skull and Bones.

With the degree of M.A., in 1871, he began work at once on the
staff of the Hartford Courant, the oldest newspaper of continuous
existence in America. Charles Dudley Warner and Senator Joseph
E. Hawley were part owners of the paper. After he had demonstrated
his ability on the various "desks," he was made editor-in-chief and
to-day is president of the Hartford Courant Company, General Arthur
L. Goodrich and Frank E. Carey being associated with him in the
business management. The story of the Courant in these later days
has been the story of his life. Stalwart in its Eepublicanism, it is
a journal rather than an organ and never hesitates to express its
views frankly. Much of its power lies in the fact that these views
are also the views, at once or ultimately, of that clientele of sturdy
families in which the Courant has been held as next to the family
Bible through generation after generation.

Prominent in the counsels of his party and throwing himself
with all his inexhaustible energy into whatever he believes makes for


the public good, city, state, or national, he has clung closely to his
ideal of an editor — one who should stand for the people in his paper,
but not in public offices. It was only by the persuasion of many that
he could be prevailed upon to accept the non-partisan position of
delegate to the Connecticut Constitutional Convention in 1901. Pre-
vious to that, his business acumen had been requisitioned by the State
when the Tax Commission made its exhaustive investigation and
published its valuable report. In private life, also, this acumen has
been in demand as is evidenced by his directorship in the Collins Com-
pany, a most successful manufacturing concern with name known
around the world, and in the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance
Company, one of the country's best institutions. In addition he is
called upon to serve as treasurer of the Wadsworth Atheneum and
Hartford Public Library and as vice-president of the American
School for the Deaf at Hartford, and his advice is sought also in the
management of other organizations which do much to promote the
welfare of his community. During his extensive travels, including
the expedition to the Philippines with Secretary Taft's party in 1905,
his letters have furnished information in delightful form, and he
often is called upon to give others the benefit of the material he has

Mr. Clark's first wife was Ellen Eoot, whom he married in
1873. After her death, he married Matilda C. Root in 1899, and
their residence is at No. 160 Garden Street. His son, Horace Bush-
nell Clark, also a graduate of Yale and on the Courant staff, and his
daughter, Mary Hopkins Clark, live with them.

Reference has been made to the valuable influence Mr. Clark has
exerted upon others. This must include also his influence upon
young men trying to get a start in life, the assistance he has rendered
without his left hand knowing it, and the wise counsel he has

In social life, no one more than he enjoys mingling with the
"college boys," the "business crowd," the "professional men" — all
people who, like him, are keenly awake to the best the hour should
furnish. He is a member of the University, Century, and Yale Clubs
of New York, of the Hartford Club and of the Country Club of
Farmington, A member of the Congregational Church, he attends
the South Church, or, as it is familiarly called, "the Rev. Dr. E. P.
Parker's Church."


HENNEY, WILLIAM FRANKLIN", lawyer and mayor of
Hartford, was born in Enfield, Hartford County, Con-
necticut, ISTovember 2nd, 1853. His ancestry is Scottish
on both sides, being traceable to John Henney, a Presbyterian clergy-
man who came from Scotland and settled near Philadelphia in 1816,
and to John Barclay, who came from Scotland to America some
fifteen years later. Mayor Henney's father was John Henney, a
mechanical engineer, a native of Paisley, Scotland, who came to Con-
necticut about sixty years ago. He was superintendent of the Hartford
Light and Power Company in 1865. He was a man physically power-
ful, mentally strong, and morally courageous. The mayor's mother
was Mene Barclay, a woman of equally great mental and moral
strength. Her recitations of the old Scottish classics are among her
son's earliest and fondest recollections, and probably had a great
influence upon the formation of his decidedly literary bent of mind.
Since his early boyhood he has always read omnivorously — ^poetry,
science, history, philosophy, biography, Greek, Roman, and English
classics, and also the Bible. He had no regular work to do in his
early youth and there was therefore ample time for the exercise of
his studious inclinations.

After preparing for college at the Hartford Public High School Mr.
Henney entered Princeton University with the class of 1874 and took
the degrees of B.A. and M.A. He then studied law with the Hon.
H. C. Robinson and was admitted to the bar in 1876. He entered
upon his legal profession with the double equipment of adequate
training and natural mental powers, and his practice has been dis-
tinguished and successful. The year following his admission to
the bar be was made a member of the Hartford Common Council.
He was clerk of the Hartford police court from 1877 to 1883 when
he became judge of that court. He held that office until 1889 when
he was made city attorney, remaining in that office two years and
being reappointed to it in 1895. During the time he served his city


as its attorney he conducted much important corporation litigation
with the singular success that has characterized his professional work
as a whole. In 1904 he was made mayor of the city he had served
in so many official capacities, and he fills this his highest position
with his usual judgment and capability. He has always upheld the
principles of the Republican party with consistent loyalty.

Judge Henney is prominent in many fraternal and social organi-
zations, the chief among them being the Knights Templars, the Sphinx
Temple, the Royal Arcanum, Scottish Clans, the Hartford Club, the
Hartford Country Club, and the Twentieth Century Club. He is a
Presbyterian in his religious views. His favorite sports are walking,
riding, and boating, and he has been prepared for the utmost enjoy-
ment of these by a thorough gymnasium training in physical culture.

As a lawyer Judge Henney is placed high among the men of his
profession for his clear-sightedness, his sagacity and eloquence, and
his masterful success in his eases. As a public man he is honored
for his astute judgment, his dignity, and his conscientious devotion to
the state he serves. As a man he is admired for his cultured mind
and clean, industrious, public-spirited life, and for many other
qualities which make his advice to others of rare weight : "Cultivate
a genuine public spirit — an interest in all the affairs of the city, state,
and nation, an ardent love of country, a disposition neither to seek or
shirk public office and, if it comes, a disposition to use it as an oppor-
tunity for service and not for the salary it offers."


BUCK, JOHN RANSOM, a prominent lawyer of Hartford and a
former member of Congress, was bom in Glastonbury, Hart-
ford County, Connecticut, December 6th, 1836, His father
and mother were from old New England families. His father, Halsey
Buck, was a Connecticut farmer, known as a man of strong will, of
industrious habits, and of firm convictions in religious and political
affairs. His ancestors came to this country from England in 1694.

Mr. Buck spent the early years of his life on his father's farm,
where, by performing regular tasks of light manual labor, he developed
a rugged constitution and habits of industry, which have aided him
through life. Influenced by the careful guidance of his mother in
early life, he acquired, and has always retained, a love of books. After
attending the local country school, including a select school at East
Glastonbury, he studied at Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham, Mas-
sachusetts. Later he went for one year to Wesleyan University. In
1877 this university conferred upon him the honorary degree of M.A.
Like many young men of New England Mr. Buck began his active
affairs of life as a school teacher. For several years he taught as
principal in graded schools and academies. In 1859 he came to Hart-
ford to study law in the office of Wells & Strong. In 1863 he was
admitted to the bar, and commenced the practice of his profession
at Hartford. He was associated with the Hon. Julius L. Strong, for-
mer member of Congress, under the firm name of Strong & Buck;
and upon the death of Mr. Strong, in 1872, he became associated
with the Hon. Arthur F. Eggleston, states attorney for Hartford
County, as a member of the firm of Buck & Eggleston. During his
professional career he has been counsel for towns and other municipal
corporations, and for railroad companies, fire and life insurance
companies, and other corporations. During the Spanish-American
War he was legal adviser of the Governor of Connecticut. He is
a director in the National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford, of
the Hartford County Mutual Fire Insurance Company, and of the


State Bank of Hartford ; he is also a trustee of the Wesleyan Academy
of Wilbraham, Massachusetts.

In his active and successful career in public life, Mr. Buck
has always been associated with the Eepublican party. In
1864, two years after he was admitted to the bar, he was elected
assistant clerk of the Connecticut House of Representatives. The
next year he became clerk of the House, and one year later he was
elected clerk of the State Senate. In 1868 he was president of the
Hartford Court of Common Council, and from 1871 to 1873 he was
attorney for the city. He was treasurer for Hartford County for
eight years ending in 1881. In 1879 he was elected to the State
Senate from the First District. As chairman of the committee on
constitutional amendments he reported the amendment which pro-
vided for the appointment of the judges of the Supreme Court of
Errors and of the Superior Court by the General Assembly upon
nomination of the governor, and he was largely instrumental in
procuring its adoption. He took an active part in the establishment
of the Court of Common Pleas in Hartford and New Haven Counties,
and conducted the hearings before the committee of the General
Assembly, which reported in favor of the measure. As chairman of
the committee on corporations he reported the joint stock law of
1880, and was instrumental in securing its passage. He took an
active part in procuring the passage of the laws making Hartford
the sole capital, and providing for the construction of the new
State House. In 1880 he was elected to the Forty-seventh Con-
gress of the United States, and in 1884 he was elected to the Forty-
ninth. While in Washington he served on the committee on Indian
affairs, on revision of laws, and on naval affairs. On this last
committee he was especially active, and did much to bring about
the construction of the new navy, which, years later, in the war
with Spain, did such good service for the nation. After his second
term in Congress Mr. Buck decided to retire from active public life
and devote his time exclusively to his legal practice; but he still
retains a deep interest in politics, and his advice is often sought and
highly valued by the members of his party. In politics, as in law,
he is regarded by his large circle of acquaintances as a safe and judi-
cious counselor. He is by nature conservative, but also a man of posi-
tive and courageous convictions.


On April 13th, 1865, Mr. Buck was married to Mary A. Keeney
of Manchester. Their children are Florence K., the wife of Jacob H.
Greene of Hartford, and John Halsey Buck, who graduated from
Yale in 1896 and is now a practicing lawyer at Hartford.

His favorite forms of amusement are fishing, walking in the
woods and fields, and reading. From the time he was a boy he has
enjoyed reading history and good fiction. Dickens is his favorite
author, and he has a vivid recollection of reading the speeches of
Charles Sumner, as they were published in the newspapers of the


CHENEY, COL. LOUIS EICHMOND, treasurer of the Austin
Organ Company, silk manufacturer, real estate man, and a
military man of high rank, was born in the village so closely
identified with his family — South Manchester, Hartford County,
Connecticut, April 27th, 1859. His parents were George Wells
Cheney and Harriet Kingsbury Richmond Cheney. His father was con-
nected with the well known firm of Cheney Brothers, extensive manu-
facturers of silk goods, and was a man of activity and prominence
in his town. He was justice of peace and chairman of the town
committee and a most benevolent and useful citizen. Going farther
back in the study of Colonel Cheney's ancestry we find such dis-
tinguished names as those of Elder Brewster, John Alden, Governor
Thomas Prince, Governor Haines, and Governor Wyllis, names as
prominent as the Cheneys are in the industrial life of the present

Louis E. Cheney was brought up in the "ideal manufacturing
town" of South Manchester, in an atmosphere of progress and
industry that could not fail to engender ambition in a healthy, active
boy like himself. He was chiefly interested in mechanics and horses
and in reading the standard works of the time. Though it was not
necessary for him to go to work until he had secured a good education
he was taught to be useful and had certain duties to perform daily.
He attended the private and public schools of his native town and
then took the course at the Hartford Public High School, graduating
in 1879. He then entered the family mills in South Manchester to learn
the business of silk manufacturing. After three years in the home
mills, he spent seven years in the Cheney factory in Hartford as
superintendent and four years at the store in New York, during
which period he had charge of the Philadelphia branch of the business
from 1889 to 1893, when he returned to Hartford, which he has
since made his home and the center of his chief business interests.
Colonel Cheney, for such has been his rank in military service.


was assistant quarter-master general of Connecticut in 1895 and
1896 on Governor Coffin's staff and, in 1898, was unanimously
elected commandant of the First Company Governor's Foot Guard,
serving until 1903, when he went on the retired list on account of

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