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increasing business demands. He is a member of the Military Order
of Foreign Wars, of the Society of Colonial Wars, and of the Sons
of the American Eevolution. He also belongs to many other societies
besides these military and patriotic orders, and the enumeration of
these social ties is a further proof of the breadth of his interests.
He is a member and former president of the Hartford Club, a member
and ex-secretary of the Eepublican Club of Hartford, a member of
the Hartford Golf Club and the Farmington Country Club, of the
Flayers Club of New York and the Princess Anne Club of Virginia.
He is a trustee of the American School for the Deaf, a member of the
executive committee of the Hartford Hospital, and a director of the
Connecticut River Banking Company. He was an alderman of
Hartford for two years and a member of the Board of Common
Council for five years. He is also a member of the National Geo-
graphic Society and of the National Civil Service Reform League.

Mary A. Robinson, whom Colonel Cheney married on April 16th,
1890, is a great-great-granddaughter of Governor Trumbull. One
child, a daughter, has been born of this marriage. Their home is
at 40 Woodland Street, Hartford.

The words of a man who has earned so many high places and
filled them with such marked capability should have great weight
with those seeking a practical precept for their own course in life.
Colonel Cheney says, "Be ambitious, industrious, and persistent and
don't let the word ^failure' be known."


ADLEE, MAX, one of the foremost citizens and manufac-
turers of New Haven, where he has lived since very early
boyhood, is a native of Germany and was born in Berkund-
stadt, Bavaria, on October 14th, 1840. His mother was Barbetta
Adler and his father, Sigismund Adler, was the proprietor of a woolen
business in Berkundstadt, who met with financial reverses in the old
country and came, in 1841, to seek his fortune in the United States.
After living two years in New York City he came to New Haven,
where he established an umbrella business. Max was one of the most
active boys in his adopted city, earning money after school hours, at
the age of ten, as errand and cash boy. He attended the public
schools in the morning and in the afternoon studied German and
Hebrew. Later he attended the Lancastrian School and graduated
from the Webster School. At thirteen be became a cash boy in a
fancy goods store and within five years was in turn, cashier, bookkeeper
and manager of the store. The business was closed out and young
Mr. Adler then spent two years in New York in charge of the re-
tail dry goods house of William Freedman, who, in 1860, removed to
New Haven, retaining Mr. Adler as manager.

In 1862 Mr. Adler, having developed the business with remark-
able rapidity, left to become manager of a similar store for Isaac
Strouse, who later purchased the corset business of J. H. Smith &
Company, removing the factory to a much larger one at Oak and
West Streets. The company became I. Strouse & Company, with Mr.
Adler as a member of the firm; — the creation of this firm was an
important step in the development of the corset business, which grew
rapidly, and is now the firm of Strouse, Alder & Company, conduct-
ing one of the largest industries in New Haven, occupying the ex-
tensive factories equipped with the most modem labor-saving devices
and employing two thousand people. The concern has warehouses
in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, and its goods are marketed
all over the world. Mr. Adler is regarded as one of the founders of
the corset business in New England and one of the leading corset


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manufacturers in the world, being considered an authority in all the
details of the business. He was at one time secretary of the Corset
Makers' Association of the United States and has been active in bring-
ing about legislation in the interests of the corset industry, in behalf
of which he has frequently appeared before Congressional committees
in Washington.

There are many other institutions and enterprises that engage
Mr. Adler's interest and attention. He is a director in the First
National Bank, the New Haven Trust Company, the Mercantile
Trust Company, the New Haven Water Company, the South-
ern New England Telephone Company, the Hebrew Benevolent
Society and the General Hospital Society of Connecticut. He is a
trustee of the National Savings Bank, and a former president of the
New Haven Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Young
People's Hebrew Association, president of the Harmonie Club, presi-
dent of the Congregation Mishkan Israel, chairman of the advisory
committee of the United Workers of New Haven, director in the Organ-
ized Charities Association, director of the New Haven County Anti-
Tuberculosis Association and a manager of the New Haven Dispen-
sary. In politics he is an ardent Eepublican. In 1903 Governor
Chamberlain appointed him on the commission to investigate means
and methods of industrial and technical education ; he has served on
the New Haven Board of Education, was a member of the State Com-
mission to the Atlanta Exposition and the Tennessee Exposition and
is now president of the Paving Commission. He is a man of great
social popularity and is a member of the Union League Club, the New
Haven Yacht Club and of the Quinnipiack Club of New Haven.

In 1866 Mr. Alder married Esther Myers and is the father of
three children: a son, Frederick M. Adler, married Sophie Green-
specht ; Flora V. Ullman, wife of Col. I. M. Ullman, and Miriam A.
Weil, wife of A. E. Weil, attomey-at-law, residing in Denver, Colo-
rado. Frederick and Colonel Ullman are partners in the business and
reside in New Haven. Their winter home is on Wooster Square,
New Haven, and their summer home is at Savin Rock, on the Sound.
Though born across the water Mr. Adler is an intensely loyal and
useful American citizen, who never fails to use his ability, wealth
and position in the most public spirited manner. His career has
been that of a capable, energetic and eminently successful business
man and of a generous, patriotic and dutiful citizen.


HAMMOND, A. PAEK, treasurer of the New England Com-
pany, woolen manufacturers, president of the Eoekville
National Bank and in many other ways a prominent citizen
of Eoekville, was born in Vernon, Tolland County, Connecticut, June
24th, 1835. He is descended from Thomas Hammond, who was one
of the followers of William the Conqueror, when he invaded England,
and whose name appears on the Battle Abbey Eoll, and from a later
Thomas Hammond, who came from Lavenham, England, to Hingham,
Massachusetts, in 1636. Mr. Hammond's father was Allen Hammond,
a woolen manufacturer and a man who devoted much time and energy
to promoting the growth of business and religion in his native town.
Mr. Hammond's mother was Ona Park Hammond, and her share in
shaping his character and life plans was an important one.

After acquiring the education afforded by the public schools of
Eoekville, Mr. Hammond attended a private school in Ellington and
later took a course in a polytechnic school. He then began his
experience in the manufacturing business in the employ of the New
England Company of Eoekville. After spending four years in the
manufacturing department he was taken into the office to learn the
financial and clerical side of the business. In 1879 he became
treasurer of the company, the position which his father had held for
twenty-five years.

During the Civil War Mr. Hammond was a member of Company

D, 14th Connecticut Volunteers, having been captain in the state
militia previous to 1861. He commanded a company at the Battle
of Antietam, and this won his membership in the Burpee Post, G. A.

E. He is also a member of the Army and Navy Club of Connecti-

Business and military interests, though engaged in with
thoroughness and success, have not been the only ones in Mr. Ham-
mond's life. He is a consistent Eepublican and has held public
office several times. He represented the town of Vernon in the Gen-


eral Assembly in 1869, and was in the common council of Rock-
ville for three years. He was city alderman in 1895-6. Mr. Ham-
mond has many strong fraternal ties. He is a Mason, a Knight
Templar, Washington Commandery No. 1, and a Shriner. He is a
Congregationalist in his religious affiliations.

Mr. Hammond has been twice married. His first wife, whom he
married in 1859, was Lois Cone Bissell. She died in 1872, leaving
three children. Mr. Hammond's present wife was Augusta S. Bissell.

The extent to which Mr. Hammond has made his life count is
shown in his responsible part in the industrial and financial life of
his community. In addition to being treasurer of the New England
Company and president of the Rockville National Bank he is presi-
dent of the Rockville Water and Aqueduct Company, formerly treas-
urer of the Rockville Railroad and president of the Rockville Building
and Loan Association. He has followed his father's example in the
zealous promotion of public welfare as completely as he has in the
attainment of personal success.


MAXWELL, WILLIAM, secretary and treasurer of the Spring-
ville Manufacturing Company of Eockville, Tolland County,
Connecticut, was born in that town, December 7th, 1862.
The Maxwell family is of very old Scotch-Irish stock, and
their first American ancestor was Hugh Maxwell, who came to Amer-
ica in 1733. He participated conspicuously in the French and Indian
War, and in the Kevolution; he was in action at Lake George and
at Fort William Henry when Montcalm besieged it, and was one of
the prisoners taken at that time. During the Kevolution he was
lieutenant of a company of minute men, who took part in the "Boston
Tea Party," was wounded at Bunker Hill and was of the original
thirteen men of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati. Mr.
Maxwell's father was George Maxwell, a woolen manufacturer, treas-
urer and later president of the New England Company and treas-
urer and president of the Hockanum Company. He was a man of
strongly religious temperament and of generous public spirit. Mr.
Maxwell has never married and has made his home with his mother,
Harriet Kellogg Maxwell, for the greater part of his life.

The schools of Eockville furnished Mr. Maxwell's early educa-
tion until 1881, when he entered Yale University. During his college
course he devoted some time to athletics, and was a prominent Yale
athlete of that period. He was a member of the Mott Haven Athletic
Team and made a very good record as a bicycle rider. He became a
member of the college fraternity Psi Upsilon. After graduating
from Yale in 1885 he went West and spent several months in North
Dakota, before settling down to his life work, the manufacturing

Upon his return to Eockville Mr. Maxwell entered the Spring-
ville Manufacturing Company, and when the company was reorgan-
ized he became its secretary and assistant treasurer. After his
father's death he succeeded to the responsible position of treasurer of


the company. He is also a director in the Hockanum Company, the
New England Company, the Eockville Building and Loan Associa-
tion, the Aqueduct Company, the Eockville National Bank,
and the savings bank of Eockville. He by no means con-
fines his interest to the industrial and financial affairs of the
community, for he has been city assessor, he is secretary of the Eock-
ville Public Library, a member of the High School Committee and he
has been clerk of the Union Ecclesiastical Society at Eockville. In
creed he is a Congregationalist, and in political faith a Eepublican.

Though still a young man, comparatively speaking, Mr. Max-
well has been highly successful in business and has made his mark
creditably and permanently in the industrial history of his time.
The name of Maxwell bears an enviable reputation for integrity,
enterprise and public spirit, a reputation that has had ample con-
firmation in Mr. William Maxwell.


WELCH, PIERCE NOBLE, president of the First National
Bank, New Haven, of the Bristol Brass Company and vice-
president of the Bristol Manufacturing Company, was born
in Plainville, Hartford County, Connecticut, June 37th, 1841. His
ancestors on his father's side were of Scotch-Irish stock and his mater-
nal ancestors were English. His father was Harmanus Madison
Welch, a banker and manufacturer and a man who held many public
offices. He was mayor of New Haven, town and city treasurer, pres-
ident of the board of education and a member of the State Assembly
as both senator and representative. He was a man who gave strict
and constant attention to both public and private business. His wife,
Mr. Welch's mother, was Antoinette Pierce Welch, a woman of power-
ful influence for good.

The greater part of Mr. Welch's boyhood was spent in New Haven,
where he attended the Russell Military School in preparation for his
college course at Yale University. He graduated from Yale in 1862
with the degree of Bachelor of Arts and then went abroad for still fur-
ther study, which he carried on at Berlin and Gottingen for two years,
but as he did not complete the course this work led to no other degree.

Returning to America Mr. Welch began his business life in New
York City, where he was made a partner in a wholesale grocery house.
In 1870 he became treasurer of the New Haven Rolling Mill Com-
pany, a position which he held for twenty years. Inheriting his
father's enterprise and sagacity he has won success that has been
marked and rapid. He has been president of the First National Bank
of New Haven since 1889, and in addition to this office he now holds
the presidency of the Bristol Brass Company, is vice-president of
the Bristol Manufacturing Company, and he is a director in the New
Haven Clock Company. In 1892 Mr. Welch presented Yale University
with a fine dormitory building, Welch Hall, erected in the memory of
his father at the cost of $125,000.

A modest, unostentatious and conservative man, Mr. Welch is



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nevertheless as prominent socially as he is in business. In college he
was a member of the senior society of Wolfs Head and of the Alpha
Delta Phi fraternity. He is a member of the Eeform Club and the
Yale Club of New York, and of the Graduates' Club of New Haven.
He has been a generous promoter of many important charitable and
philanthropic movements, and has made large contributions to the
Young Men's Christian Association of New Haven, of which he is
now the president. He is a member of the Baptist Church. In
politics he is a Democrat, but he voted twice for McKinley on the gold

On February 28th, 1867, Mr. Welch married Emma Cornelia
Galpin, by whom he is the father of five children : Pierce N. Welch,
Jr., B.A. Yale, 1898, treasurer of the Peck Brothers & Company of
New Haven, Connecticut; Mrs. Cornelius W. Gains; Mrs. Ella W.
Graves, B.A., 1895; Mrs. Hilda W. Gross, B.A., 1901, and Miss
Cora D. Welch, B.A., 1904, all of Vassar.

The happy union of culture and business sense, of wealth and
generosity, of success and modesty, has made Pierce Noble Welch one
of the most admirable as well as one of the most prominent men in
his community. His responsible business positions and his substantial
public gifts embody the greatness of his mind and of his heart.


B ELDING, ALVAH NOETON", one of the most prominent and
progressive silk manufacturers in the country, was bom in
Ashfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, March 27th, 1838.
He is descended from an old and historic New England family, and
bears a name well known in the industrial world.

Going back six generations from Mr. Belding we find William
Belding, who was one of the earliest settlers at Wethersfield, Con-
necticut. His son Daniel was a man of historic fame in the town
of Deerfield, Massachusetts. On September 16th, 1696, during King
William's War, the greater part of his family was either killed or
captured in the encounter with the Indians in that town. Daniel
Belding was made prisoner and taken captive to Canada. John Belding,
grandson of Daniel, was a soldier in the War of the Revolution.
Hiram, his son, and the father of Alvah N". Belding, the subject of
this biography, was born at Ashfield, Massachusetts, in 1802, in the
old Belding homestead. His occupation was first school teacher, then
farmer and merchant. His wife, Mr. Belding's mother, was Mary
Wilson, a woman of strong Christian character and gentle disposition,
who created in her home an ideal family life, teaching her sons the
great lesson of obedience.

The boy, Alvah N. Belding, spent his youth in the country town of
Ashfield, acquiring his education in the public and high schools of that
town. His physical condition was good, and he was not afraid to work.
At sixteen he spent a season selling jewelry on the road, with great suc-
cess. This created a taste for mercantile business, which was to deter-
mine his career. In 1855, when Mr. Belding was seventeen years of
age, his father moved his household to Otisco, Michigan, where he pur-
chased a large tract of unfilled land. The pioneer family set to work
to cultivate and farm this land, and thus started the town of Belding,
Michigan. Alvah N. Belding joined with the others in the persistent
labor of cultivating their farm, until the store was erected in which his
father conducted mercantile business until his death in 1866, but Mr.


Belding was more interested in trade than in agriculture, and when
his labors were no longer needed on the farm, he engaged in the
business of selling silk.

With his brother, H. H. Belding, he formed a partnership known
as Belding Brothers just before the opening of the Civil War. In
1863, they opened a store in Chicago, and started a silk factory in
Rockville, Connecticut, of which Mr. Belding was made manager.
Through his enterprise, this business has grown until it requires the
employment of five hundred hands to turn out its silk threads and
fabrics. He established a plant in Montreal for the manufacture of
ribbons, and in 1877, planned and built another in Belding, Massa-
chusetts, which was afterwards sold to a syndicate in which Mr.
Belding became a prominent stockholder. Later he built still another
mill in Belding, Michigan, which has been a very great factor in the
growth and importance of that town. There are now six of these mills,
personally supervised by Mr. Belding, and built from his planning.
In these mills over three thousand people find employment, and a
ton of raw silk is utilized daily, with an annual product of $5,000,000.
In 1883 the entire business was reorganized and incorporated under
the laws of the State of Connecticut. The corporation has sales-
rooms and agencies all over the United States, and has developed
with wonderful steadiness and rapidity. This prosperity and growth
are largely due to the rare executive ability and energy of Mr. Belding,
who fills the responsible positions of vice-president and secretary of
the corporation, and has the entire management of the mills at Rock-
ville, where he has made his home since 1869.

In 1870, the year after he went to Eockville to live, Mr. Belding
married Lizzie Smith Merrick. Three children have been born to
them, of whom two are now living, Florence M. and Frederick N.
Mr. Belding is a popular and active citizen of Eockville, and bears
an important part in its prosperity. His numerous business positions
and duties make it impossible for him to accept many other offices,
but he is a staunch Eepubliean, and represented his town in the
Connecticut Legislature in 1883, being elected by a very large

Though not devoted to athletics, Mr. Belding is fond of driving a
good horse, and has always been vigorous and active. As a business
man he is prompt, capable and systematic. As vice-president and


secretary of Belding Brothers & Company, president of the Belding
Land and Improvement Company of Belding, Michigan, and director
of the Belding Paul Co., Montreal, Canada, of the Carlson Curvier
Company of San Francisco, of the Spenser Electric Light and Power
Company of Belding, Michigan, of the savings bank of that town, of
the American Mills Company of Eockville, Connecticut, and of the
national and savings banks of Eockville, Mr. Belding proves him-
self indeed a successful "captain of industry ,'' whose youthful ambi-
tion to succeed has been admirably fulfilled in the mature man.


BRYAN, BURTON GOULD, president of the Fourth National
Bank of Waterbury, was born in Watertown, Litchfield County,
Connecticut, September 27th, 1846. His father was Edward
Bryan, a Connecticut farmer, noted for his integrity, industry, and
Christian spirit. His first American ancestor was Alexander Bryan,
who came from England in 1693 and was one of several settlers who
bought the town of Milford from five Indians for six coats, ten
blankets, one kettle, twelve hatchets and hoes, two dozen knives, and a
dozen small glasses.

Young Bryan lived on a farm until he was about eighteen, thus
laying the foundation of good health and a strong character, which
were to compensate him for the slight schooling he was able to ac-
quire while engaged in farm work. While yet a country boy he deter-
mined to be a banker, and at the age of eighteen, and after three
months at a business school, he began the active work of life as a
bookkeeper in a real estate office in Waterbury. By being strictly
honest, truthful, and faithful to his duty, and by always doing his
best, the real estate bookkeeper finally realized his ambition of
becoming a bank president. The steps by which he rose were secretary
and bookkeeper of the Naugatuck Woolen Company, cashier of the
Freedman's Savings and Trust Company at Wilmington, North
Carolina, teller of the Manufacturers' National Bank, organizer,
cashier, and, in 1889, president of the Fourth National Bank of

Mr. Bryan was at one time clerk of the Board of Common Council,
for twenty years he has been treasurer of the Second Congregational
Church, and was town treasurer for two years. He is prominent in
Masonic circles, having held every position up to the Commandery
and having received the thirty-second degree in the Scottish Rite.
In politics he has always been a Republican. He is an Odd Fellow,
and a member of the Royal Arcanum and of the Waterbury Golf
Club. He is an enthusiastic golf player and finds in the game his


most enjoyable form of amusement and relaxation from business

In 1868 he was married to Fannie K. Peck. They have had two
children, one of whom, Wilbur P. Bryan, cashier of the Fourth
National Bank, is living. Mr. Bryan's advice to young men who wish
to succeed in life is: "Be honest, truthful, faithful to duty, and
always do your best."



10UNSBUEY, CHAELES HUGH, president of the Stam-
t ford Savings Bank, senior member of the firm of Lounsbury
& Soule, manufacturers, was born in Stamford, Fairfield
County, Connecticut, August 19th, 1839. His ancestors were Eng-
lish and came to America before the Eevolution. In the struggle
for independence, they fought on the side of the Colonists. Mr.
Lounsbury's father was George Lounsbury, a farmer of marked indus-
try and integrity, who served his townsmen as selectman, assessor,
and representative in the General Assembly. His mother was Louisa
Scofield Lounsbury, a woman who exerted a strong moral and spirit-
ual influence on her family.

A robust farmer boy and fond of all out-of-door sports, Mr.
Lounsbury spent a busy youth. He worked with his father on the
farm outside of school hours until he was sixteen, and learned during
these boyhood days the lessons of honesty, industry, and economy,
which his father was so well fitted to teach, and which laid the
foundation for his own success in life. After acquiring such educa-
tion as the public schools afforded Mr. Lounsbury began his life-
long mercantile career in the business of shoe manufacturing, with the
satisfaction of seeing his business constantly enlarge and his influence
and usefulness in the community increase. At nineteen he entered
into partnership with Scofield & Cook, which became Cook &
Lounsbury in 1861, and was reorganized as Lounsbury & Soule, with
Mr. Lounsbury as senior partner, in 1884.

In politics Mr. Lounsbury is identified with the Eepublican party

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