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bury, was born in New York City, August 4th, 1860. His
father was Lafayette Henry Dinsmore, a physician and a great lover
of poetry, nature, and books. His mother was Mary Sabin Ladd,
of whom he says : "She kindled my ambition to succeed and moulded
my religious life." The early ancestors of the family came from the
north of Ireland and settled in New Hampshire. Robert Dinsmore,
the poet, was in the same line of descent.

Until he was seven years old Charles Dinsmore lived in the city
and from that time until he was of age he spent most of his time
in the country. He was a vigorous boy, full of life and ambition,
and he says of his boyhood: "My chief interest was in fun until I
was sixteen and after that in study." He had regular employment on
a farm in summer, which formed habits of self-reliance and inde-
pendence, qualities which made it possible for him to earn his own
education. His most stimulating and enjoyable lines of reading were
philosophy, belles-letters, political science, and history. He prepared
for college at Monson Academy and was graduated from Dartmouth
in 1884, and from Yale Divinity School in 1888, when he received
his B.D. degree. He then spent two years at Yale studying theology
and sociology, but as he elected his studies this led to no degree. He
worked his way through all of these institutions.

Led into the ministry by what ho terms "a cold sense of duty,"
Reverend Dinsmore began as pastor of the Congregational Church in
Whitneyville, Connecticut, in 1877, and remained there until 1891.
During his pastorate there he married Annie Laurie Beattie, by
whom he has had one child. His second call was to Willimantic,
Connecticut, where he preached five years, at the end of which he
was called to be pastor of Phillips Congregational Church in Boston,
where he remained until 1905. On March 1st, 1905, he entered upon
his present pastorate, the First Congregational Church of Water-


bury, and was given the degree of Doctor of Divinity in June of the
same year by Dartmouth College.

Literature has been one of the chief interests of Doctor Dinsmore's
life and he has made several valuable and scholarly contributions to
modern literature. During his school days he fell under the spell of
Dante's Divine Comedy, and the study of that great author has been
the center of his literary work as well as the inspiration of his more
general writings. In 1901 he published "The Teachings of Dante"
and in 1903 "Aids to the Study of Dante." He expects soon to
publish a new work of great interest, which will be called "The
Atonement in Literature and Life." He is a member of the Dante
Society of Cambridge, of the Twentieth Century Club, and of the Bos-
ton Authors' Club. In polities he is a Republican, though he has no
sympathy with high tariff. His outdoor recreation is found in golf
and horseback riding.

In estimating the influences that have been brought to bear upon
bis life. Doctor Dinsmore says : "Home laid down the lines of
character, school kindled my ambition, and private study gave me
the raw material." As to the success of his work he says: "I have
failed to take the satisfaction rightly due, being under too great
a pressure of work. Life is too strenuous." The advice which he
gives to others contains the keynote of his own character and the
reason for his success, for he advises others to "have a great task and
become absorbed in it."


EDWARDS, PEOFESSOR CHARLES L., was born in Oquawka,
Illinois, forty-two years ago. His father was a banker and a
member of the legislature of Indiana and came of Welsh stock,
and his mother traced her ancestry back to John Brown of Plymouth,
1626; Lieutenant William Pratt of Cambridge, 1633; Lieutenant
Richard Stockton of New Jersey; Thomas Lord; Governor Haynes,
and Governor Wyllis of Hartford. As a boy, Professor Edwards
Avent through the usual experiences of a youth in a small western city,
but very early developed a marked interest in natural history. The
works of Charles Darwin, then first exciting the world, had a decided
influence on him, and after receiving his B.S. degree at Lombard Col-
lege in 1884, and again at the Indiana University in 1886, he deter-
mined to devote himself to the study of biology. He studied three
years at Johns Hopkins University and then went to the University of
Leipzig, where he received the degree of Ph.D. He worked for two
years as graduate fellow in Clark University, Worcester, Massachu-
setts, and became assistant professor of biology at the University of
Texas in Austin. He was made full professor at the University of
Cincinnati in 1894 and remained there six years. In 1900 he became
J. Pierpont Morgan Professor of Natural History in Trinity College,
Hartford, a position which he has filled with marked ability ever

Having such an excellent educational equipment, and being full
of enthusiasm for his profession and by nature an indefatigable worker,
it is not strange that Professor Edwards, though still a young man,
has done a great deal of scientific work and achieved a recognized
position in the scientific world. He is the author of numerous papers
in journals devoted to biology and zoology, among which are twenty
articles on the embryology of the holothurians and reptiles, an ex-
haustive statistical study of variation, and one on the marine zoology
in the Bahama Islands. He has in hand for the Smithsonian Institu-
tion a monograph of the holothurioidea, and for the LTnited States


Bureau of Fisheries a report on the albatross collections. He is Ji
fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
and a member of the Society of American Zoologists, of the Associa-
tion of American Naturalists, and of the three Mexican Scientific
Societies. As a "side line'' he has devoted much time to the subject
of folk-lore, being the author of "Bahama Songs and Stories" (Vol.
3), "Memoirs of the American Folk-Lore Society," and was in 1889 the
president of the American Folk-Lore Society. At present he has
much at heart the establishment of a floating laboratory, a small sail-
ing vessel, in connection with Trinity College to investigate in the
summer vacations the marine biology of the West Indies. His energy
and enthusiasm will no doubt lead to the installation of the enterprise
in a year or two. One of Professor Edwards's most important inves-
tigations had to do with the effect of temperature on the development
of the chick during the process of incubation and the determination
of the critical temperature or the zero below which development does
not take place.

On June 5th, 1889, Professor Edwards married Jessie Safford.
Four children have been born to them, three of whom are now living,
John Robert, Eichard Safford, and Charles Stockton.


ENGLISH, HENKY FOWLER, widely known as a prominent
banker and business man of New Haven, was born in that city,
June 5th, 1851. He is the son of James Edward English, one
of Connecticut's foremost governors, who held the office for three
terms, after having been a representative. State senator, and member
of Congress. He served also as a United States senator, by appoint-
ment, and is remembered as a man of strict integrity and great busi-
ness ability. The English family came originally from Yorkshire,
England. The earliest known American representative was Clement
English who was bom at Salem, Massachusetts, in 1646, a son of
whom, Benjamin, migrated to New Haven about 1700,

Mr. English was brought up in New Haven, where he has always
lived. He was delicate in early years, a boy of quiet temperament
and fond of books and outdoor sports. His taste for reading was
inherited from his mother, who also taught him love of nature. His
early education was obtained at General Russell's Collegiate and Com-
mercial Institute at New Haven, this being followed by two years'
study under the tutorage of the late Horace Day. He then took a
special course of studies at the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale, and
finally attended the Yale Law School, being graduated with the class
of 1874, and admitted to the county bar the same year.

After his graduation from the law school Mr. English started his
business career in office practice and in the active management of
real estate. He profited much by the good example and excellent ad-
vice of his parents and has succeeded in life through earnest and per-
sistent effort, through self-reliance, and through his constant deter-
mination to do in all positions the best he was able. Personal con-
tact with other successful men in life has been a special source of
inspiration to him. He now holds many positions of trust in the
banking and business world of New Haven. He is a director of
the First National Bank, trustee and vice-president of the Connecti-
cut Savings Bank, trustee in the New Haven Trust Company, director
in the New Haven Clock Company and chairman of its executive




committee, director in the Bristol Brass Company, in the Bristol
Manufacturing Company, in the New Haven Dispensary and General
Hospital Society, also the New Haven Colony Historical Society, and
trustee in the Young Men's Christian Association. He is a member
of the New Haven Commission of Public Parks, and has been its
secretary and treasurer since 1887. In 1903 he was appointed a
member of the State Police Commission. This long list of offices
shows the diversified scope of his business and public interests.

In 1888 Mr. English was married to Ahce Nancy Kimball of
Boston, Massachusetts, their family now comprising three children;
two sons and a daughter. He attends St. Paul's Episcopal Church at
New Haven. He takes considerable interest in all athletic sports,
although devoting little time to practice. He is a member of the
fraternity of Delta Psi at Yale, of the Graduates Club, of the New
Haven Country Club, the New Haven Lawn Club, and also of the
Ognossoc Angling Association, of Maine. In politics he is usually
associated with the Democratic party, but is strongly inclined to be
one of the great mass of independent voters whose ballots decide
which party is to be victorious. He takes an unselfish interest in
political affairs, but has never held political office. Although a
relatively young man, the success of Mr. English in his wide and
varied interests has made him a man of prominence in his community.
His large experience lends value to his words of advice to young men
who are about to begin the active work of life. He says : '*What is
termed success in life is due mainly to earnest and persistent effort
by the individual. This effort must be governed by motives of integ-
rity and liberality and by the recognition of the rights of others.
Learn to think and act for yourself, but at the same time be ever
ready to accept sound counsel." These principles guided Mr. English
through life and his success demonstrates their soundness. Perhaps
the most instructive part of his advice is : "Be self-reliant and yet
willing to accept advice. When a man depends always upon others he
must ever play a secondary role in life ; yet if his self-reliance degen-
erates into conceit, and he refuses to accept the advice of others, he
learns many of life's most valuable lessons only after hitter experience
and often after it is too late to use to advantage the knowledge he
might have acquired easily by accepting the counsel of those who
are in a position to know."


WALDO, GEORGE CUETIS, editor-in-chief and president
of the Standard Association^ Bridgeport, Connecticut, was
born in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, March 20th,
1837. His father was the Rev. Josiah Crosby Waldo, a good speaker
and debater and a leading minister of the Universalist denomination,
founded by his father-in-law, the Rev. Hosea Ballon. Mr. Waldo's
mother was Elmiua Ruth Ballon. Through his father Mr. Waldo is
descended from Deacon Cornelius Waldo who came from England to
Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1634. John Waldo, the
deacon's son, settled in Chelmsford, Massachusetts Bay, in 1676,

George Curtis Waldo as a child showed special taste and interest
in general literature and in art. His mother being a writer and poet
encouraged the literary taste in the boy and helped him in his intel-
lectual work. His boyhood's recreation was found in the woods,
where with rod and gun he took long walks in pursuit of fish and
game and forgot for a time his books. He read everything he could
find, and when fourteen years of age had read all of Scott's and
Cooper's works, and could repeat "The Lady of the Lake," "Mar-
mion," and other poems by Scott and many of Byron's poems. He
had also mastered many of the poems of Pope, Coleridge, Wordsworth,
Burns, etc. He was prepared for college at The Troy (New York)
Academy, after having passed through the Public schools of West
Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was graduated at Tufts College, Mas-
sachusetts, A.B,, 1860, receiving his A.M. degree later. He served
as corporal in Company E, Second Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers,
commanded by Col. A. H. Terry, in the first call for three months'
men in 1861. He then studied both law and medicine in New
London, Connecticut, and in 1867 hegan newspaper work on the
Bridgeport Daily Standard as local reporter. He continued with the
paper during his active husiness life as associate editor, editor-in-
chief, and as president of the Standard Association. He served his
adopted city as a member of the board of education for five years


and as a member of the board of directors of the Bridgeport Public
Library for sixteen years. He served his adopted state as a member
of the board of Shell Fish Commissioners from 1889 and as chairman
of the board for ten years, and as a member of the board of directors
of the State Insane Hospital at Norwich, by appointment of Governor

He was married in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 11th, 1874,
to Annie, daughter of Frederick and Matilda Brooks Frye, and the
four children born of this marriage are now living. They are
Selden Connor, Eosalie Hillman (Mrs. Roland Hawley Mallory of
New York City), Maturin Ballon, and George Curtis, Jr. He is a
member of Christ Church, Bridgeport, and served as a member of the
vestry from 1876 and as junior warden for five j^ears. He was
president of tha Eclectic, Press, and Seaside clubs of Bridgeport,
secretary of the Bridgeport Scientific Society, vice-president of the
Fairfield County Historical Society, a director of the Young Men's
Christian Association, and declined the appointment as commissary
general on the staff of Governor P. C. Lounsbury. He is a comrade of
the Grand Army of the Republic, Post Elias Howe Jr. No. 3, and of
the Army and Navy Club of Connecticut. He received the honorary
degree of Litterarum Doctor from Tufts College in 1898.


CUMMINGS, HOMEE STILLE, lawyer, business man, presi-
dent of the Stamford Board of Trade, mayor of Stamford,
member of the Democratic National Committee, was born in
Chicago, Illinois, April 30th, 1870. His father, Uriah Cummings,
is an inventor, manufacturer of cement, and author of technical works.
His first ancestors in America on the paternal side came from the
disputed territory between England and Scotland and settled in Ver-
mont. Uriah Cummings married Audie Stille, daughter of Jacob
Schuyler and Audelia Stille of Buffalo, New York, whose ancestors
were of Knickerbocker New York and Holland Dutch stock, with a
mixture of Huguenot blood. Her most illustrious ancestor was Gen.
Philip Schuyler of Eevolutionary fame.

Homer Stille Cummings was a healthy child, brought up in the
city of Buffalo, New York, to which city his father had removed, and
his mother guided his intellectual, moral, and spiritual life. He was
prepared for college at the Heathcote School, Buffalo, and was gradu-
ated at Yale University, Ph.B. 1891, LL.B. 1893. He began the
practice of law in Stamford, Connecticut, in September, 1893, his
choice of a profession being his uninfluenced personal preference. He
is active in public affairs in Stamford and in seeking improvements
in its municipal arrangements. He is a leading Democratic party
man, and, in 1896, received the nomination for secretary of state on
the Democratic state ticket, receiving at the polls the highest number
of votes cast for a candidate of his party that year. In April, 1900,
he was elected mayor of Stamford, was reelected in 1901 by the larg-
est majority ever given to a candidate for that office, and on November
8th, 1904, he was again elected mayor for a term of two years, serv-
ing from 1904 to 1906. In 1900 he was a delegate at large from
Connecticut to the Democratic National Convention and represented
his state as a member cf the committee on resolutions at the conven-
tion and as a member of the Democratic National Committee and he
held that position on the committee, by reappointment in 1904.


and has recently been elected for the term of 1904 to 1908
In 1902 he was nominated as the Democratic candidate for
representative at large from Connecticut to the 58th Congress and
polled a larger vote than that cast for any other Democratic candidate
that year. His business associations are director and secretary of the
Cummings Cement Company and also of the Chickamauga Cement
Company, president of the Varuna Spring Water Company, and
president of the Stamford Board of Trade. He was also president
of the Mayors' Association of Connecticut, one term, 1903-1904. He
has affiliated himself with the order of Free and Accepted Masons, the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Eoyal Arcanum,
Knights of Pythias, and Knights of the Maccabees.

Mr. Cummings was married, June 37th, 1897, to Helen Woodruff
Smith, daughter of James D. and Elizabeth Henderson Smith of
Stamford, and their son, Dickinson Schuyler Cummings was born
June 17th, 1898.


OYT, GEORGE HENRY, the late president of the Stamford
Savings Bank, vice-president of the Stamford National Bank,
treasurer of the Stamford Water Company and of the Stam-
ford Electric Light and Gas Company, vi^as born in Stamford, Fair-
field County, Connecticut, December 11th, 1838, and died there
November 20th, 1904. He vras a direct descendant of Benjamin Hoyt,
who was born in Windsor, England, in 1644 and emigrated to Stam-
ford about 1711, and of Thaddeus Hoyt, born 1742, who was dis-
tinguished for bravery in the Revolutionary War. Mr. Hoyt's father,
James H. Hoyt, was the general superintendent of the New York,
New Haven and Hartford Railroad, and a man of unusual business
capacity and public spirit. He was State senator and in many ways
a prominent factor in the political and industrial life of the town in
which the family have always been conspicuous for useful citizenship.
Mr. Hoyt's mother was Sarah J. Gorham, a woman worthy in all
respects to bring up her son under the best moral and spiritual influ-

Stamford was Mr. Hoyt's home in his youth as it was throughout
his whole life and he received his education in the Stamford public
schools. He was a sturdy, active boy, who inherited his father's
ambition and energy as well as his business ability and after his
father's death heoccupied himself with his father's many business inter-
ests and built well upon the firm foundations already laid. He began
work in the employ of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Rail-
road in New York City, and later became their Stamford agent. In
1878 he became president of the Stamford Savings Bank and he held
this position until his death. He was vice-president of the Stamford
National Bank and both of these institutions were organized through
his father's efforts. He was for many years treasurer of the Stam-
ford Water Company, of the Stamford Gas and Electric Light Company,
of St. John's Church, and of Stamford Hospital, and he was a director
in the New York Transfer Company, and in several other institutions.


In spite of all these important business ties Mr. Hoyt found time
to act as guardian, trustee, and adviser for many individuals and cor-
porations, and always gave generously of his time, thought, and
judgment to the many who consulted him. He was also called upon
to fill many public offices, some of which he declined. He served as
burgess for several years and as State representative for two terms.
He was also a member of the Board of Appropriation and Apportion-
ment and of the public building committee. He led the movement
which brought about the memorable celebration of the two hundred
and fiftieth anniversary of the town of Stamford in 1892, and it
was greatly due to his untiring efforts that the occasion was such a
marked success. In politics he was a Democrat and like many other
Democrats swerved from the party lines on the gold issue in 1896. He
was often a delegate to party conventions. Though not a public
speaker he was an interesting talker, and, after a tour in Europe a
few years before his death, he gave interesting lectures which his
natural literary taste rendered doubly pleasing.

A devoted churchman and junior warden of St. John's Protestant
Episcopal Church, Mr. Hoyt gave to that church the best and most
complete service a layman can render. He was a member and con-
stant attendant at St. John's from his early boyhood and he served
the parish as vestryman and financial manager as well as a frequent
delegate to diocesan conventions. His loss is felt as keenly in religious
as in business and social circles. Of him it may truly be said that he
served God "with constancy on earth," " always abounding in the work
of the Lord."

Mr. Hoyt's sudden death on his way to morning service on Sun-
day, November 20th, 1904, was a keen shock to all who knew him and
an irreparable loss to his community. He is survived by his wife,
Josephine Bailey Hoyt, whom he married in 1865, and by two


KENDEICK, GREENE, a prominent lawyer, a distinguished
scholar, and public man, was born in Waterbury, New Haven
County, Connecticut, May 31st, 1851. He is descended from
a very old English family, some of whose members were among the
earliest Colonial settlers. One of the early English ancestors of the
family is chronicled in the Domesday Book. The line of descent is
directly traceable to William Kendrick who lived in the reign of
Henry VIII. The first of the family to come to America was George
Kendrick, one of the "Men of Kent" who settled at Plymouth in 1633.
Mr. Kendrick's grandfather, Hon. Greene Kendrick, was lieutenant-
governor of Connecticut in 1851 and took an important part in all
the public affairs of his day. John Kendrick, Mr. Kendrick's father,
was a lawyer and many times a public official. He was associate
editor of the New Haven Register, mayor of Waterbury, a member of
the legislature, first city recorder of Waterbury, a member of the
National Peace Convention at Philadelphia in 1866, and president of
the Rogers & Brothers' Manufacturing Company. He was a man
who commanded the utmost respect for his clean and able public ser-
vice. He was a traveler of wide experience and a writer of great wit
and originality. Mr. Kendrick's mother was Marion Mar Kendrick,
through whom he is descended from Governor Bradford and a "May-
flower" ancestry.

Greene Kendrick received a broad and liberal education. He pre-
pared for college at Professor Bassett's School in Waterbury, the
Waterbury High School, and later at Round Hill Seminary, North-
ampton, Massachusetts. He made a special study of Greek and Latin,
thus laying the foundation for his well-known mastery of the classics.
He entered Yale with the class of 1873, but interrupted his course by
spending part of his junior year in European travel. He was
graduated with his class, as a Phi Beta Kappa man, taking a high
oration, and the Clark and Berkeley scholarships. He then took a
graduate course in history, comparative philology, and international



law. In 1875 he was graduated from the Yale Law School and in
addition to his LL.B. degree took the Roman and Common Law, the
American Constitutional Law, and the Junior Jewell prizes. He
was admitted to the Connecticut bar soon after his graduation and
began his practice in Waterbury, making a specialty of corporation
law. He won distinction in his profession as rapidly as he did in

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