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Company and has extensive real estate interests in Shelton.

Notwithstanding his extensive business interests Colonel Miller
has rendered many public services, military and political. He was
aide-de-camp on Governor Coffin's staff and on Governor McLean's
staff and quartermaster general on Governor Chamberlain's staff.
In politics he is a Eepublican and is now serving in the state legisla-
ture, being elected from the town of Huntington in 1904 for 1905 and
1906. He is deeply interested in the social problems of the day and
has been particularly zealous in promoting a savings system for
laboring men and in bringing about their uplift and welfare in many

Colonel Miller has been as active in church work and in fra-
ternal orders as he has in business and public service. He is a
member of the Episcopal Church and a vestryman in the Church of
the Good Shepherd, Shelton. His fraternal connections are with
Hiram Lodge No. 12 F. and A. M., Derby; the New Haven Com-
mandery No. 2; the Lafayette Consistory S. P. of E. S., of Bridge-
port, Connecticut; Pyramid Temple A. A. 0. M. S., Bridgeport,
Connecticut; Derby Lodge No. 571, and the order of Elks. He is an
ardent devotee of exercise and physical culture, walking from five
to eight miles a day, and riding horseback whenever possible. In
October, 1874, Colonel Miller was married to Susie Jane Waite, of
Chicopee, Massachusetts. They have had no children.

There are three things which Colonel Miller advocates for those
who would succeed in life and he gives them in the order of their rela-
tive importance from his point of view : "Absolute integrity, good judg-
ment, and perseverance," and he adds, "a high standard of education,
provided it does not make a man feel above the requirements of
business no matter what they may be so long as they are honest.'*


MONTGOMERY, JOHN ROBERT, was born in Great Barring-
ton, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, February 24th, 1845.
The family is of Scotch origin, the American branch of it
being founded at Salisbury, Connecticut, early in the history of this
country. His father, John Milton Montgomery, was a farmer, and
later a railroad man.

He attended, whenever possible, the district schools of the county,
and later the Drury Academy at North Adams, Massachusetts.

At the age of sixteen Mr. Montgomery began the active work of
life as an operative in a cotton mill at Great Barrington. Six
years later his ability and faithfulness made him superintendent
of this mill; and in four more years he was proprietor of a cotton
mill at Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Since 1890 Mr. Montgomery
has been president of the J. R. Montgomery Cotton Manufacturing
Company of Windsor Locks. He is respected by his fellow citizens
for his integrity and fidelity. He believes that "the way for a young
man to succeed is by having some definite object in life and sticking
to it.''

Mr. Montgomery is a Republican and has never voted any other
ticket. He finds his recreation in out-of-door exercises and in reading,
earing most for the books of fiction and poetry. He has been married
twice, the first time on May 28th, 1867, to L. Maria Holden, and the
second, on September 23rd, 1880, to Frances Wills Meeks. Four
children have been born to him, none of whom are living.


CHAPMAN, WILLIAM HENRY, was born April 8th, 1819,
in East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut, a little
town that has produced several other distinguished men. He
traces his ancestry from Robert Chapman, a native of Hull, England,
who emigrated to America in 1635, and was one of the first settlers
of Saybrook, Connecticut, and prominent in the subsequent affairs
of that colony. Another ancestor. Sir John Chapman, was at one
time Lord Mayor of London.

Mr. Chapman's father was Daniel Shailer Chapman, a manufac-
turer and farmer, a man conspicuous for his integrity, sobriety, and
industry, the last quality being especially admirable because he suf-
fered great disadvantage from the amputation of a limb. He married
Ann Palmer, a woman who was remarkable for her calmness and
dignity, and for the firmness of her religious convictions. She ruled
her household by love, and it is the influence of her splendid character
that Mr. Chapman considers more lasting and important than all the
other influences of his early life combined.

Like many of Connecticut's ablest sons, Mr. Chapman spent
his youth in the country. As a boy be was normally healthy, but not
vigorous. He was passionately fond of reading and inclined to seek
seclusion to gratify this taste. The favorite book of his youth was
"Good's Book of Nature." From the biographies of men of business,
he gained the greatest help for his own needs and problems. He
keenly enjoyed all historical literature. He received his education at
the public and private schools of his native town and at the Bacon
Academy, Colchester, Connecticut.

In 1837 Mr. Chapman began his career as a business man, as
clerk in a dry goods store in New London. His o^vn preference
dictated a mercantile career, and the approval of his parents rested
upon his choice. He continued in the dry goods business in New Lon-
don for eighteen years. Since then he has filled many important offices.
For thirty-five years, from 1858, Mr. Chapman was president of the




Union Bank of New London (chartered 1792), and i'or tliirty-eight
years, from 1866, he has been president of the Savings Bank of New
London, and is still in office. During the Civil War he was town treas-
urer of New London. For three years he was president of the school
board of that city. Since 1875 he has been a deacon in the Second
Congregational Church of New London. He has been treasurer of
many organizations. For nine years he was a director of the Mission-
ary Society of Connecticut. Mr. Chapman has always been identified
with the Eepublican party in politics. He is an active member of
the Congregational Church.

In September, 1843, Mr. Chapman was married to Sarah W.
Hntchins of East Haddam. She died in June, 1851, leaving one
child, Mary S. Chapman, born x\pril, 1846, who is now a member of
his family. Mr. Chapman's second marriage was in September, 1856,
to Ellen Tyler of East Haddam, who is now living; and, with the
daughter above mentioned, contributes greatly to the comfort and
happiness of Mr. Chapman in his advanced age.

Through his ecclesiastical, educational, and financial interests,
Mr. Chapman has rendered threefold service to the city ; not only in
service, but in substantial generosity has he benefited New London.
By a gift of two hundred thousand dollars he has founded the Manual
Training and Industrial School of New London, an institution greatly
needed, and one that will always be a great blessing and a practical
benefit to the city.

At the ripe age of eighty-five, Mr. Chapman still fills capably
several important positions in the business and ecclesiastical world.
He is esteemed as an able banker, a good citizen, and a Christian
gentleman. He has given to New London two most worthy and valu-
able gifts : a splendid institution and the example of a noble character.
In his life, "Young America" may study the value of a clean, simple,
industrious life, a life of unselfish service and loyalty to ''things that
are good."


MITCHELL, EDWIN KNOX, M.A., D.D., professor of
Graeco-Eoman and Eastern Church History at the Hartford
Theological Seminary, author, preacher, and educator, was
born in Locke, Knox County, Ohio, December 23rd, 1853. His
grandfather. Captain Sylvanus Mitchell, was a member of a colony
organized in Granville, Massachusetts, which emigrated west and
settled in Granville, Ohio. Captain Mitchell was an officer in the
War of 1812 and was a descendant of Moses and Eleanor (Black)
Mitchell who came from Glasgow, Scotland, and settled in Blandford,
Massachusetts, in 1727. Edwin Mitchell is the son of Spencer
Mitchell, a farmer and a man of marked integrity and good judg-
ment, and of Harriet Newell (Howard) Mitchell, whom he calls
"a woman of mark" and whose influence was the strongest and best
exerted upon his life and character.

Vigorous, athletic, and studious, Edwin Mitchell made the most
of every opportunity in his youth. He lived on his father's large
farm and learned to do all kinds of farm work, to operate all kinds of
agricultural machinery, and became familiar with the life, habits, and
care of horses, cattle, sheep and poultry. The farm was two hundred
and fifty acres in extent and at seventeen years of age he undertook
its management. He was eager to learn and was especially interested
in mathematics and history. He prepared for college while managing
the farm by attending the country school and by private study at home.
He entered Marietta College and was graduated with the B.A. degree
in 1878 and received his M.A. degree at the same institution in
1881. He then entered Union Theological Seminary, New York,
where he was graduated in 1884. This course was followed by two
years of travel and study in Europe at the universities of Berlin,
Giessen and Gottingen. He began work before completing his
education by teaching Latin and mathematics in the Columbus, Ohio,
High School from 1879-1881.


In 1886, after his return from Europe, Mr. Mitchell became
pastor of the Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustiue
Florida, and remained in that pastorate until 1890, when lie again
went abroad for further study at the University of Berlin, going
later to Rome and the Orient. He returned to America and in 181)2
was called to the chair of Grreco-Roman and Eastern Church His-
tory in the Hartford Theological Seminary and he still holds that
chair. In 1896 he received the degree of D.D. from his Alma Mater,
Marietta College. In 1894 he published his "Introduction to the Life
and Character of Jesus Christ According to St. Paul." He has been
a frequent contributor to magazines and to "World's Best Literature,"
and is also the author of "Creeds and Canons." He is a trustee of
Marietta College, a member of the American Historical Society, the
American Oriental Society, the Society of Biblical Literature and
Exegesis, the Hartford Archaeological Society, the Connecticut His-
torical Society, the Religious Education Association, the Hartford
Federation of Churches, the Municipal Art Society, the Hartford
Club, the Hartford and Saratoga Golf Clubs, the Hartford Charity
Organization Society, and the Twentieth Century Club, of which
he was president in 1903-4. In political vievrs he is a Republican.
Golf is his favorite recreation and he is an enthusiastic and con-
stant devotee of that game. In January, 1887, he married Hetty
Marquand Enos of Brooklyn, New York, and three children, all now
living, have been born of this marriage.

Edwin Knox Mitchell is a man of many active and fruitful
interests, religious, public, educational, and charitable, as his mem-
bership in so many and varied organizations shows. He has succeeded
in many lines of work and is still so vigorous, enthusiastic, and am-
bitious that greater things will undoubtedly come from his mind and
pen. The secret of his manifold successes is revealed in his own words
to others who would make their mark. He says: "Preserve physical
vigor. Be not over-anxious about to-morrow. Do your work
thoroughly and enthusiastically and promotion will come. Aim
high, work hard, never be discouraged but always keep alert to new
things. Gain and keep the confidence of a widening circle of
friends. Be a Christian gentleman in all relations in life."


Hartford Courant, is a lineal descendant of John Goodrich
who was born near Bury St. Edmunds, County Suffolk, Eng-
land, and, coming to this country November 10th, 1643, was one of
the early settlers of the historic old town of Wethersfield, Connecti-
cut. His grandfather, Ichabod Goodrich, a leading farmer and citi-
zen of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, served in the Revolutionary War
and was in the Continental Army under Washington at the siege of
Yorktown. His father was James Goodrich of Hartford, a car-
penter by trade, and his mother was Jennette Goodrich, whose wise
and gentle precepts had deep influence on her sons.

The general was born in Hartford, May 16th, 1849, and has
always lived in the Capitol City. From his youth he has been strong,
robust, cheerful, with a keen appreciation of the good things of life,
yet faithful to the uttermost detail in business. Asked as to the
special lines of reading which he found most helpful in fitting him
for his work in life, he replied with characteristic humor : " 'Necea-
sity' was the most helpful adjunct to several Sunday school libraries
to which I had access."

He studied in the common schools of Hartford and at the Hart-
ford Public High School. His choice was a business career, so he
accepted an opening in the store of Lee, Sisson & Company, whole-
sale druggists of Hartford, predecessors of the present firm of T.
Sisson & Company. Soon he had an opportunity to go with the Hart-
ford Courant Company, in the capacity of clerk in the business
department. That was March 13th, 1871. Here he applied so
faithfully what he believed should be the first principle of a young
man ambitious to succeed — to do what he is given to do — that he
won advancement, and when in 1893 the position of treasurer became
vacant, he was chosen to fill it. That was fourteen years ago and
the great success during this period, financially as well as otherwise,
of this the oldest newspaper by continuous publication in America,


is dae in no small measure to his zeal and fidelity and to his skill
in bueiness management. He, Charles Hopkins Clark, and Frank S.
Carey comprise the officers of the company since the deaths of his
brother, William H. Goodrich, Charles Dudley Warner, and Senator
Joseph K. Hawley. In addition, the general is auditor of the Dime
Sayings Bank of Hartford.

He began his career in the Connecticut National Guard as a
private in Battery D, Light Artillery, First Infantry, in 1866, the
year after the reorganization of the enrolled militia. In 1875 he was
appointed sergeant major of the First Infantry, and captain and adju-
tant November 21st, 1876. He was chosen major June 26th, 1878,
after having been out of the service only three weeks. Th;s position he
held until December 2nd, 1882, when he resigned, but only to be
called back again on December 13th. Two years later, on November
20th, 1884, he was appointed lieutenant colonel. His zeal and
enthusiasm did much for the regiment. When Henry B. Harrison
wa3 chosen governor in 1885, he appointed Lieutenant v olonel Good-
rich quartermaster general on his staff. At the end of the governors
term, in 1887, the general went on the retired list. Since then his
advice has often been sought in matters of military legislation and
in regimental and brigade affairs. For four years he was a member
of the State Arsenal and Armory Commission.

He holds membership in the Connecticut Society of the Sons of
the American Kevolution, in the Connecticut Historical Society, in
the Lounsbury Staff Association, and in the Governor's Staff Asso-
ciation of Connecticut and is historian of the last named organization.
He is a staunch Eepublican in politics, but never has aspired to
elective office. A Congregationalist by creed, he is a member of the
First Church of Christ in Hartford— the "Center" Church— and also
IB a member of the Congregational Club of Connecticut.

He married Miss Emma C. Koot of Westfield, Massachusetts, on
September 11th, 1871. They have a most charming and hospitable
home at No. 75 Farmington Avenue.


ELTON, JAMES SAMUEL, manufacturer and banker of Water-
bury, Connecticut, who was born there November 7th, 1838,
is the son of John Prince Elton, a man as well known for his
prominence in the industrial and banking affairs of his generation
as his son is in the same affairs of to-day. John Prince Elton was
organizer and president of the Waterbury Brass Company, the Water-
bury Bank and many other enterprises, incorporator of the Plank
Eoad Company, and several times a member of the General Assembly.
He was a man of generous sympathies, great cordiality, active public
spirit, and a zealous churchman. His father. Dr. Samuel Elton, Mr.
James S. Elton's grandfather, was a physician in Watertown for over
sixty years. Tracing the Elton genealogy still further we come to
John Elton, who came from Bristol, England, and was one of the
early settlers of Middletown, Connecticut. Mr. Elton's mother was
Olive Margaret Hall Elton and her moral and spiritual influence
was one of the strongest ever brought to bear upon his character.

Delicate health and lack of application combined to keep James S.
Elton from being a thorough student in his youth, and his education,
consisting of courses at Everest's school at Hamden and Russell's
Military Academy at New Haven, terminated when he was sixteen
years old. After leaving school he took the first position open to
him, which was in the packing department of the American Pin
Company in Waterbury. After a brief apprenticeship in that com-
pany he became connected with the Waterbury Brass Company, of
which his father was president. His father's death in 1864 im-
pressed him with the serious importance of following a business
career, and he began to strive, as his father had striven, to win
success in business. His rise was rapid and in 1874 he became presi-
dent of the Waterbury Brass Company, and still holds that office
and the great responsibility it entails.

As president of the Waterbury National Bank Mr. Elton has
taken an interest in banking second only to his interest in manu-

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