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college work. During the first five years of his practice he was given
the following public offices : membership in the Waterbury Board of
Education, the auditorship of the State institutions, city clerkship of
Waterbury, and membership in the General Assembly. In 1883 he was
elected mayor of Waterbury, serving until 1885. In 1885 he was
admitted to the New York bar and the bar of the Federal Courts, and
from 1887 to 1892 he maintained an office in New York where he
specialized as a railway and patent lawyer. In 1895 he was made
township attorney of Waterbury, which office he still holds. In his
political views Mr. Kendrick is a conservative Democrat and he has
often been a delegate to both national and local Democratic conven-

Like his father in tastes, as well as in his professional and public
career, Mr. Kendrick is an enthusiastic traveler and has visited all
parts of the globe. He has spent a great deal of time in Greece and
Rome pursuing the study of classical antiquities. He is a member of
the New Haven County Historical Society, the Connecticut Academy
of Arts and Sciences, the American Oriental Society, and the Amer-
ican Philological Society. He is a member of several fraternal orders,
including the Knights Templar and Shriners and he is a thirty-
second degree Mason.

In November, 1896, Mr. Kendrick married Flora Mabel Lockwood
of New Haven. They have one daughter. Flora M. In 1902 the
family moved to West Haven, Connecticut, of which borough Mr.
Kendrick is at present one of the burgesses.


LATHROP, WILLIAM MONROE, newspaper man and at present
editor of the Waterbury Republican, was born in Washington,
D.C., December 26th, 1863, the son of Charles E. Lathrop and
Charlotte Dilley Lathrop, His father was a lawyer and editor, and,
during Lincoln's administration, public printer and naval store
keeper at Washington. Mr. Lathrop's first ancestor in America was the
Rev. John Lathrop, who came from England in the sixteenth century
and settled in Barnstable, Massachusetts.

Most of Mr. Lathrop's boyhood days were spent in a small city.
His schooling was that of a graduate of high school in Carbondale,
Pennsylvania, supplemented by a two years' course at the School of
Political Science at Columbia University. Outside of his studies his
favorite reading was along the lines of history and biography.

When he left Columbia Mr. Lathrop entered the office of the
Evening Leader at Carbondale, Pennsylvania, a paper owned by his
father. The profession of a newspaper man was his own choice and
the success he has won in that work has been equally of his own earn-
ing. From 1893 to 1897 he was editor of the Carbondale Evening
Leader, at the end of which time he became telegraph editor and later
city editor of the Paterson (N. J.) Press. In 1900 he left Paterson
to become news editor of Pennsylvania Grit, Williamsport, Pennsyl-
vania, and left Williamsport the following year, 1901, to become editor
of the Waterbury Republican, his present office. The popularity he
has won with the Republican party and the capacity for leadership
that he has evinced in his editorial work prophesied a political career
for Mr. Lathrop, and in 1904 his party sought his nomination for
State representative. In 1903, after the death of his wife, Alice
Chase Lathrop, whom he married in 1896, Mr. Lathrop suffered a
nervous breakdown from which his recovery was slow, and his responsi-
bility in building up his paper according to his ideals was such a tax
upon his strength that he deemed it wiser to forego political honors


than to take the risk of doing injustice either to his work or to his
party and of bringing detriment to his health.

Mr. Lathrop is not a club man and outside of business hours he
finds his most congenial diversion in reading and golf. Until 1902
he was connected with the Presbyterian Church, but he has since
become a Congregationalist. From his own valuable experience he
deduces the following principle for the guidance of others : "Have an
ideal and in working for it 'don't watch the clock.' "


HART, WILLIAM HE^TEY, president of the Stanley Works
and of the Young Men's Christian Association, and director
in many other enterprises, traces his ancestry from Deacon
Stephen Hart, born about 1605 at Braintree, County of Essex, Eng-
land, who came to Massachusetts Bay about 1632 and located for a
time at Cambridge, Massachusetts, being one of the fifty-four settlers
at that place. He became a proprietor at Hartford, Connecticut, in
1639 and was one of the eighty-four proprietors of Farmington, Con-
necticut, in 1673. Stephen Hart (5), son of Stephen (4) and grand-
father of William Henry Hart, was born in New Britain, October 21st,

Prominent among the men to whom the city of New Britain owes
its existence because of the industries that they have created, is Wil-
liam Henry Hart, son of George and Elizabeth (Booth) Hart, who
was born in New Britain, July 25th, 1834.

The boy's hereditary birthright was rich in those qualities which
have always marked the strong men and women of Connecticut. In-
dustry, thrift, business foresight, and the Yankee trick of being
handy at all sorts of practical work were his inheritance. Along with
it went an upright and healthy soul which carried Lim safely through
the usual temptations of youth. His immediate surroundings gave
direction to his tastes for practical life, rather than for academic
culture. His father was the owner of an express and stage business
and the boy was given his share of personal responsibility as soon
as he was able to bear any part in the world's work. He was
also sent to private and public schools and later to the New
Britain High School, where he is registered in the class of 1854.
During the last four years of his school course he had gradually
worked into practical business life, and his academic training was
interrupted by the numerous calls made for his service as assistant to
his father in the stage and express business, as well as acting agent in
the local station of the Hartford, Providence and Fishkill Eailroad.

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He might have enjoyed the advantage of college training, but his
natural aptitudes and interests were for business life, and he went
on in the direction of those native promptings.

Jn August, 1852, the Stanley Works was organized with a capital
of $30,000, to engage in the manufacture of hinges. In May, IS^l,
William H. Hart was elected secretary and treasurer of this corpora-
tion. He was a young man of nineteen, but so close liad been his
attention to business under his father's direction, and so thoroughly
had he won the confidence of the officers of the corporation that he was
given this important position.

The industrial situation of the Stanley Works at this time was
this: They were located in an inland city, where freight rates were
high, and the distance to fuel and raw material great, while their older
and far stronger competitors were situated in New York State, where
rates of transportation by water through the natural channels or by
canals were far cheaper. Two problems were before the corporation,
and upon their successful solution depended the success of the organ-
ization ; the processes of manufacture must be brought to the highest
pitch of economy and perfection, and a market must be created for
the industrial output. This involved inventive skill in the suggestion
of new processes, ability to inspire confidence and borrow money, and
tact, patience, and unyielding pluck in meeting all the demands of a
competitive market.

The corporation employed about twenty men at this time. Indus-
try in a small and growing factory was not specialized then as it is
to-day, and the young secretary and treasurer not only kept records
and books and received and disbursed money but also purchased sup-
plies, packed and shipped goods, carried on correspondence, and
acted as traveling salesman for the factory. This condition called for
a range of industrial versatility, and creative skill, which, while it
added labor and responsibility, stimulated the mind to self-reliant
and resolute enterprise.

The young officer grasped the situation and formulated his policy^
The intrinsic worth of the goods manufactured and the economy of
the processes employed must overcome the geographical difficulty
involved in the location of the factory and the undeveloped character
of the corporation. Mr. Hart's mind was fertile in suggestions whereby
machines were built, the number of processes simplified, and a more


perfect product put on the market. The range of product was grad-
ually increased, so that bolts, butts, and steel brackets are now made
in addition to hinges.

The policy of the corporation, however, has been intensive rather
than extensive ; perfection in a few lines rather than multiplication of
different products. The obstacles in the way of success were many.
Eepeatedly there came critical moments when the resolution and
courage of the young manufacturer were tested almost to the point of
yielding. He held tenaciously to the enterprise, however, with that
plucky determination that in the end has won out with so many
founders of great industries. The practical character of his policy was
seen in his personal contact with the market. He traveled observantly
and widely until he understood the needs of the consumers. Then he
returned, to make the factory output more perfectly meet those needs.
Step by step, Mr. Hart saw his efforts crowned with success. The
corporation employing twenty workmen now affords industrial oppor-
tunity in all its branches, including the department of hot and cold
rolled steel, to twenty-two hundred wage-earners. Mr. Hart became
its president in 1884.

To what an extent the difficulty in the inland situation of New
Britain has been overcome can be seen in the fact that, although the
Stanley Works markets about one-half the product of its factories in
territory west of Pittsburg, it can pay transportation upon its metal
from Pennsylvania, manufacture its products in New Britain, reship
them, and successfully compete with the western manufacturer in his
own district. This result is the issue of years of painstaking, faith-
ful devotion to the task on the part of Mr. Hart.

While thus devoted to his life work in industrial lines, Mr. Hart
has not suffered himself to become so engrossed with his tasks that
he has ceased to be alert in civic and social interests. He has
traveled widely in Europe and America on business and for pleasure.
He has been for over half a century with slight interruptions
officially connected with the Few Britain Institute, the agent in all
the best literary enterprises of the city ; he also has been president of
the New Britain Club ; a director of the New Britain National Bank
since 1866, and, for the past five years, president of the Young Men's
Christian Association. He has held many official positions in the
South Congregational Church, of which he is a member. Mr. Hart's


benefactions have been many, the chief of which has been the un-
stinted gift of his own personal service to every good cause in the city.
This is especially evident in his devotion to the work of the New
Britain General Hospital of which he was an incorporator and
director, and is now vice-president. He has been influential in civic
life, having served in the Common Council and on the board of street
commissioners. Mr. Hart is a Eepublican in politics.

On September 19th, 1885, Mr. Hart married Martha, daughter
of Einathan and Mary (Dewey) Peck of New Britain. They have
five Bons and a daughter, all of whom are married. Mr. Hart's sons
have served with him their business apprenticeship with conspicuous
success, and are now engaged in large enterprises. George P. Hart
is vice-president and general manager of sales; Edward H. Hart,
manager of the export department; Walter H. Hart, manager of the
mechanical department, and E. Allen Moore, who married his
daughter, Martha Elizabeth, is second vice-president and general
superintendent of the manufacturing department of the Stanley
Works. Howard S. Hart is president and general manager of the
Russell & Erwin Manufacturing Company and vice-president of the
American Hardware Company; Maxwell S. Hart is vice-president,
treasurer, and general manager of the Corbin Motor Vehicle Corpora-

Between May, 1904, and September, 1905, Mr. Hart celebrated the
fiftieth anniversary of his election as treasurer of the Stanley Works,
his seventieth birthday, and the fiftieth anniversary of his marriage
with Mrs. Hart. At the last anniversary there gathered the twenty-
six children and grandchildren, in whose love and welfare Mr. Hart
finds his supreme joy and satisfaction.

In his simple tastes, industry, rectitude, and fraternal interest
in his fellow men, he represents without assumption the noblest type
of the indomitable, successful, high-minded Connecticut manufac-


HALE, JOHN HOWARD, popularly known as the "Peach King
of America," is one of the foremost horticulturists and
pomologists of our day, as well as owner and manager of the
greatest peach industry in this country. He is a descendant of
Samuel Hale who came from Wales, England, in 1634, and later
joined the Connecticut Colony. In 1838 he bought the farm
in Glastonbury that Mr. Hale now owns. He served in the
Pequot War. Mr. Hale's parents were John A. Hale and Hen-
rietta S. Moseley. He was born in Glastonbury, Hartford County,
Connecticut, November 25th, 1853. His father was general
agent of the ^tna Insurance Company of Hartford, and most
influential in building up that company. He was a man of great
mental and physical strength, whole-souled, liberal, kind-hearted, and
always doing for others. His legacy to his son was one of character
rather than fortune, and Mr. Hale was obliged to leave school at a
very early age, and help in the support of the family.

At fourteen John Howard Hale went to work by the month on a
farm in New Britain, earning $12.50 a month for fourteen hours' labor,
seven days in the week. In eight months he spent but seven dollars
on himself; the rest he sent home except $16.00 spent for fruit trees —
the nucleus of the great Hale Nurseries. He considers the hard work
and poverty of his youth a great blessing. His mother was a noble
woman of high ideals. Of her, Mr. Hale says : "She kept tabs on me
with such jolly good fellowship that there were no secrets between

Mr. Hale was determined from his childhood to be a horticul-
turist. His incentive in this grew out of his mother's love of fruits
and flowers. His career had a most humble beginning ; for apparatus,
a shovel, a spade, a hoe, and a push-cart ; for results, a small straw-
berry bed ; proceeds, $8.00. To-day Mr. Hale has three thousand acres
of highly cultivated orchard lands at Fort Valley, Georgia, South
Glastonbury and Seymour, Connecticut, and the push-cart has grown



into a huge electric express system of fruit shipments with scores of
refrigerator ears. This great progress has been effected through his
energy, optimism, and executive ability,

Mr. Hale is now sole owner and manager of the J. H. Hale's
Nursery and Fruit Farms at Clastonbury, president of the Hale
Georgia Orchard Company, at Fort Valley, Georgia, and president and
general manager of the Hale and Coleman Orchard Company at
Seymour, Connecticut. He was the first American orchardist to sort,
grade, and pack fruit, and label and guarantee it according to its
grade. He was the first in America to use trolley transportation
in the fruit business, and is one of the very few Americans who ship
peaches to Europe. He is fittingly called the "Father of Peach Cul-
ture in New England." Mr. Hale has also initiated many new ideas
in fruit advertising. Another novel feature introduced by him is
that of having an orchestra play in the packing rooms at the Georgia
orchards. Aside from bettering and developing horticulture all over
America, Mr. Hale has done a valuable service to his state in making
many acres of so-called "abandoned" hill lands of Connecticut and
New England to bloom with beautiful orchards.

For the past fifteen years Mr. Hale has lectured on horticulture
and kindred subjects before agricultural institutions, granges, col-
leges, and both state and national horticultural meetings. From 1894
to 1899 Mr. Hale was president of the Connecticut Pomological So-
ciety. In 1895 he was president of the American Nurserymen's Associ-
ation. Since 1903, he has been president of the American Pomological
Society, which office is the highest honor in the gift of the fruit
growers of America. As horticultural agent for the Eleventh Census
of the United States he initiated several special investigations never
before attempted by the Government ; notably, floriculture, nurseries,
semi-tropic fruit, nuts, and seed farms. He has recently started the
revival of apple planting on the hill lands of Connecticut, which
promises to do much for that valuable industry.

Mr. Hale has written numerous articles on horticultural topics
for the World's Work, Country Life in America, and other period-
icals. For twelve years he was associate editor of the Philadelphia
Farm Journal, and for fifteen years he edited the agricultural columu
of the Hartford Courant. He has had important positions in the
State Grange, and has sacrificed a great deal of time and money in


strengthening that organization, being at the head of same from 1886
to 1890, and now chairman of the executive committee. He was also
first president of the Glastonbury Business Men's Association.

In politics Mr. Hale is a Eepublican, "with a conscience, a fair
memory, and a sharp lead pencil on election days." He represented
his party in the Connecticut General Assembly in 1893-4, serving
as member of Judiciary committee and chairman of committee on
agriculture. His creed is the "Golden Rule." His favorite recreation
is riding in the country "with eyes and ears open." He is exceedingly
fond of a good horse.

In his advice to others can be formed the reasons for his own well-
earned prosperity. After recommending promptness and adherence to
agreement he says : "Do not take up any work or profession that you
cannot find real enjoyment in. No one can fully succeed who does
not love his work. Try to find joy in all you do; the world will
reward you when the right time comes. Be loyal to your ideals, your
town, and state, and your friends. Be regular in all your habits.
Get some fun every day. You can get the most by making others


TAINTOR, JAMES ULYSSES, general agent of the Phcenix
Insurance Compan}' of Hartford, secretary of the Orient In-
surance Company, also of Hartford, and one of the most able
fire insurance adjusters in Connecticut, was born in Pomfret, Wind-
ham County, Connecticut, October 23rd, 1844. He is of Welsh-Scotch
extraction and his first paternal ancestor in America was Charles
Taintor who came to Fairfield, Connecticut, in 1640. Michael
Taintor, son of Charles, was an original settler and leading citizen
of Branford, Connecticut, and Charles Taintor (2) a descendant of
Michael, was a prominent man in the commissary department of
Connecticut during the Revolution. Mr. Taintor's father was Ralph
Smith Taintor, a farmer, who held various town offices in Colchester,
Connecticut, whither he moved in 1848, and was a member of the
State senate in 1857. He was a kind, liberal, and temperate man
who was always considerate of others and who was a man of great
physical vigor and force and consequent energy and of marked indus-
try. On the maternal side Mr. Taintor is descended from Scottish
and English stock and his first maternal ancestor in America was
Thomas Lord, who came to Hartford with Hooker's famous band in
1635. Mr. Taintor's mother was Phebe Higgins Lord, a woman whose
firm and noble character greatly influenced his moral and mental life.
A strong, hardy country boy, blessed with a fine constitution and
abundant energy, James Taintor was not hindered from securing a
thorough education by the severe financial difficulties that he was
obliged to face. He was naturally studious and managed to prepare
himself for the college education which he was determined to have,
by studying at home during the hours he could snatch from farm
work and on stormy days and by attending school at the Bacon
Academy, Colchester, in the winter term. He employed his evenings
in reading and study and took especial interest in history, biography,
and mathematics. He read the best fiction and kept up with the
political and social questions of the times. During the summers of 1860,


1861, and 1863, he employed the hours in which he could be spared
from labor on his father's farm in "working out" for a neighboring
farmer and with the forty dollars thus earned as his sole capital he
ventured upon a college course. He insured his life in favor of a
friend who advanced money for four years' college expenses, and was
graduated from Yale in 1866 with a B.A. degree and three thousand
dollars in debt. Three years later he took his M.A. degree at Yale.
By great diligence in teaching and serving as assistant clerk in the
legislature while in college, and as clerk after leaving college, he man-
aged to pay off the debt and start afresh in the fire insurance business,
his real life work, which he has carried on in Hartford.

For nineteen years Mr. Taintor has been general agent and
adjuster of losses of the Phoenix Insurance Company of Hartford and
for twelve years he has been secretary of the Orient Insurance Company
in the same city. He has had no other active business connections and
has seldom held public office, having no taste for political and civic
positions. He was, however, street commissioner for the city of Hart-
ford for six years from 1888 to 1894. He has taken great interest in
the business affairs of the Congregational Church, of which he is a mem-
ber. He is and always has been an adherent to the Republican party
in politics. Fraternally he is a member of the Order of Masons. Mr.
Taintor has been twice married. In 1868 he married Catharine
Augusta Ballard of Colchester, who died in 1875. His second wife,
whom he married in 1878, was Isabelle Spencer of Hartford. Mr.
and Mrs. Taintor, whose home is on Asylum Avenue, Hartford, have
two sons, James Spencer Taintor and Nelson Case Taintor; the
former was graduated at Yale, class of 1901, and the latter is in Yale,
class of 1909.

"Temperate habits, industr}'-, economy, tenacity of purpose, per-
severance and patience" are the essentials of success according to Mr.
Taintor^s opinion and experience. His advice has added force, coming
from one who has carved his own way to success and has done so in
che face of serious obstacles.

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CAMP, DAVID NELSON, of New Britain, educator, banker,
and author, was born October 3rd, 1820, in Durham, ^liddle-
sex County, on the farm of his father, Elah Camp, who was
a teacher, farmer, justice of the peace, and deacon of the Congrega-
tional church. His ancestor, Nicholas Camp, came over from Eng-
land in 1638, and the following year settled in Milford. On his
mother's side he is a descendant of Theophilus Eaton, the first
governor of the New Haven Colony.

Brought up as a country boy, David Camp worked on his father's
farm, and later was intrusted with the keeping of the accounts of
expenditures and sales. He grew up under the watchful care of his
mother, whose influence upon his moral and spiritual life was espe-
cially strong. She wished him to become a missionary, but ill health
prevented his preparation for this calling. As a boy his chief pleas-
ures were reading, fishing, and hunting. While working on the farm,
he received private instruction, and, later, attended in turn Durham
Academy, Meriden Academy, and the Hartford Grammar School. An
illness, which left him nearly blind, prevented him from taking a
college course; but in 1853 he was awarded the honorary degree of
Master of Arts by Yale University.

Unable to become a missionary, Mr. Camp adopted teaching as
a profession, and for forty years he remained an educator. For ten
years he taught in the public schools in North Guilford, Branford,

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