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Mexico;" "A Review of a Decision of the Su-
preme Court of the United States," after 1870;
"Opinion on the Original Jurisdiction of the Su-
preme Court," Supreme Court of the United
States, October term, 1873, on appeal.

One of the most memorable acts of Judge Haw-
ley in connection with this epoch of his career
was his causing the arrest of Bishop Lee, leader
of the Mountain Meadow Massacre, who was sub-
sequently indicted, tried and convicted, the death
penalty being executed upon the very spot of the
bloody massacre. Because of such heroic and
judicial acts as the foregoing, upon the eve of his
departure from Utah for he had been too stu-
dious in performance of duties to seek subtle
means of continuance or preferment in office his
recent friends and associates, made in these few
but eventful years, tendered him a dignified but
cordial banquet in this formal manner:

"SAW LAKE CITY, UTAH, April 8, 1873.
"Hon. C. M. Hawley,

"Dear Sir: Understanding that it is your
intention to return to your former home in Chi-
cago, we desire to evince before your departure in
some suitable manner our appreciation of your
character as a citizen, gentleman, and an able,
fearless and incorruptible judge.

"We, therefore, respectfully tender to you the
compliment of a dinner on the evening of the nth
instant, when we may have another opportunity
of expressing the esteem, confidence and friend-
ship we now entertain and have ever entertained
for you in your personal and official capacity."

The foregoing was signed by leaders at the
bar, and, upon acceptance, was the occasion of a
remarkable gathering, including many distin-
guished legal lights, federal functionaries and
army officers, which called forth many a brilliant
and touching expression of sentiment.

From that post of honor, after some journey-
ings, he settled for a time at Washington, D. C.,
as a copartner of the Hon. A. G. Riddle, where
his, by this time, widely voiced reputation brought
distinguished and lucrative retention. But the
old home by the lakes always held a warm spot



in his heart, and returning to Chicago, he here
passed the final years of a worthy life. The vital
spark too soon burned out at his substantial resi-
dence, No. 5326 Washington Avenue, at ten
o'clock in the morning of Wednesday, August 29,
1894.

Aside from pursuits of law, he was profuse in
discursive literary outpourings on social as well
as legal problems. Among numerous lectures
delivered we find gratifying reviews of those upon
these subjects: "What is Life," "Corinne,"
"The Mutations of Time." He was, at the time
of his decease, President of the Hyde Park Phil-
osophical Society. He was very proud of hav-
ing been one of the founders, as likewise a most
active and able supporter, of the Chicago "Old
Tippecanoe Club, ' ' before whom he repeatedly ap-
peared in edifying contributions, notable among
which was a paper in 1891 (afterward published
as a pamphlet) upon the Italian Mafia trouble at
New Orleans. Therein was furnished a learned
review of the international laws covering the dis-
pute, together with the treaty in force between
the two countries, which was made the occasion
for suitable resolutions. Most feelingly of their
recent loss the Tippecanoe Club adopted the fol-
lowing resolutions at a regular monthly meeting,
held at the Grand Pacific Hotel, September 29,
1894:

"RESOLVED, That the President appoint a
committee of three to present a paper expressive
of the profound sorrow of the Club for the death
of Judge Cyrus Madison Hawley."

The President therefore appointed the following
committee: Dr. J. W. Harmon, Henry Sayrs
and Rev. W. S. Post.

That committee presented the following report:

' 'Since our last meeting this Club has met with
an irreparable loss in the death of Judge Cyrus
Madison Hawley.

"He was one of our most talented and influen-
tial members. No member of this Club could
speak upon questions which were discussed at
our meetings with more force and eloquence. He
attended our meetings quite regularly, and always
contributed to their interest.

"He was a patriot. Descended from a long
line of revolutionary and patriotic ancestors, he
was a worthy son of such noble sires.

"He was an able expounder and defender of






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the foundation principles of this Club and of the
Republican party. In him were embodied the
essential and enduring principles which are the
foundation of the prosperity of our government.

"Judge Hawley was a man of great ability.
He was a logical and consecutive reasoner. His
keen intellect enabled him to see the pith and
very essence of questions which he discussed, and
he always supported his propositions with con-
summate skill, force and ability.

"He was the author of many papers which
have been published.

' 'He also left a large number of manuscripts,
which the writer of this has read, and they all
give evidence of profound study and research
and great ability.

"The death of Judge Hawley is a great loss to
this Club. We all mourn the sad event. There-
fore, be it

' 'Resolved, That by the death of Judge Hawley,
the old Tippecanoe Club of Chicago loses one of
its most esteemed and valuable members, and
that we all deeply deplore the sad event.

' l Resolved, That this report be entered upon the
records of this Club, and that a copy of it be sent
to the family of the deceased."

It is thus apparent that the subject of this
sketch was in political views a Republican, in
whose ranks few were more modestly conspicu-
ous. An Abolitionist, he lived to see the greatest
stain upon national and domestic annals wiped
away; an early advocate (in 1861) of the right
and duty of government to issue treasury notes as
a circulating medium, as a means with which to
meet immediate fiscal governmental demands, he
saw that opinion become an established adminis-
trational dogma.

What affords a more impressive spectacle than
to see one pass away in the fullness of years and
fame? Prominent, as lawyer; consummately
able, as a jurist; stanch, as a friend; devoted, as
husband and father; independent in means ac-
quired through channels of laborious honor;
surely we may safely leave his memory and his
fame to the goddess of impartial hand, who con-
siders the consciences, and records for all eternity
the deeds of each.

Judge Hawley 's charities were dispensed with
quiet unostentation, but were none the less very
substantial both in amount and judicious selection
of the donees. Witness, during his lifetime he



was a periodical giver to the Chicago Presbyte-
rian Hospital, the Newsboys' and Bootblacks'
Association, and the Protestant Orphan Asylum,
his contributions to each of these often amounting
to as much as $500 yearly. In his will he pro-
vided for the annual payment to all of said insti-
tutions of $500 during the lifetime of two of his
immediate relatives, and upon their deaths the
whole of his ample estate is devised in fee to be
divided among the said institutions. Who can
foresee the amount of good thus accomplished,
the suffering relieved and the buds of many noble
manhoods forever quickened? Thus he reared a
monument in the hearts of unborn thousands who
are yet to arise and bless his life and memory.

Judge Hawley was a lifelong Presbyterian in
religious faith, having been a member of the First
Presbyterian Church, of Chicago, for upward of
thirty years. Its pastor, the Rev. Dr. Barrows,
preached his funeral sermon in sincerely glowing
terms. He was buried at Penfield, New York,
beside his deceased wife.

In 1862 he married Sophia Fellows, of Penfield,
New York; her father being a lawyer of good
abilities, and her grandfather the General Fellows
who performed heroic service for the colonies in
the Revolutionary War.

Upon her decease, Mr. Hawley, January 19,
1893, married Mrs. Annie Fulton I<oomis (a
widow), of Chicago, who survives him. Her
maiden name was Fulton, the family being of
Scotch-Presbyterian descent, one branch of which
produced the immortal Robert Fulton, inventor
of the first steamboat, successfully launched on
the Hudson River in 1814. Her mother was
Elizabeth Moore, a daughter of Major Thomas
Moore, famed in connection with the War of 1812.

He had two children: C. Myron Hawley, who
was admitted to the bar and served his father as
Clerk of the Court in Utah, where he untimely
died of pneumonia; and a daughter, now Mrs.
Charles Bumford, of New York City.

Cyrus Madison Hawley was a son of I/ewis and
Sarah Hawley, nee Tanner, a daughter of James
and Hannah Tanner, nee Hazard, of Newport,
Rhode Island, they having been formerly of
Huntington, Connecticut, but removing to Solon,



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New York, where they were prominent residents
for upward of half a century.

Ascending the lineage in America, we record
the following: His grandparents were Joseph
and Anna Hawley, nee Lewis, a daughter of Na-
thaniel and Ruth Lewis, nee Beardsley, of Hunt-
ington, Connecticut. Joseph was a son of Cap-
tain Francis and Rachel Hawley, nee Davis, a
daughter of John and Sarah Davis, nee Chatfield,
of "Great Hill" Derby, Connecticut, residents of
Huntington. Francis was a son of Samuel, Jr.,
and Bethia Hawley, nee Booth, a daughter of
Ephraim and Mary Booth, nee Clark, of Strat-
ford, Connecticut, who lived at Stratford, and
later at Derby, Connecticut. Samuel, Jr., was a
son of Samuel, Sr., and Mary Hawley, nee
Thompson, a daughter of Thomas and Ann
Thompson (nee Welles, of Farmington, Connect-
icut) , of Stratford, Connecticut. Samuel was a
son of Joseph Hawley, ' 'Yeoman and Town Re-
corder," and Katherine Birdsey, of Stratford,
Connecticut.

The last said Joseph Hawley came to America
about 1629 or 1630, from "Parwidge" (now Par-
wick), Derbyshire, England, which is a place
located about nine miles northwest of Old Derby;
he settled upon "Home Lot No. 37," as set off
by the ' 'first inhabitants of Stratford, Connecti-
cut." Here he died at the advanced age of
eighty-seven, his burial spot being still identified
by a well-worn slate tablet (an exceptional mark
among early New England settlers) , on which is
yet legible its inscription, "J. H. May 20, 1690."



From a work embodying the results of great
labor and research, into which we have been
privileged to examine in connection herewith (the
volume being entitled the "Hawley Record, 1066
to 1890," a heavy quarto tome), we ascertain
that this family is both very ancient and honor-
able. The line is of Norman origin; the first
Hawley, as appears from the "Roll of Battel
Abbey' ' (that consummate aggregate genealogical
tree builded by "The Conqueror," back to whom
is traced so much of the good and bad of the past
nine hundred years of English history), came
into England in 1066 from France with the con-
quering King William I. The arms of the Derby
(England) Hawleys are, " vert a saltier engrailed
argent. Crest, a dexter arm in armor ppr. , gar-
nished or holding in the hand a spear in bend
sinister, point downward ppr. Motto, ' 'suivez
moi." The etymology of this patronymic sug-
gests itself as a compound of the root words,
"haw" and "ley," which might be intelligently
interpreted as ' 'A meadow field enclosed by haw-
thorns.

Stratford, Connecticut, the ancestral American
seat, is situated very advantageously upon Long
Island Sound, in Fairfield County, which is not
only the southwesternmost in that State, but all
New England; here the Hawley family has been
prominent for many generations. As one au-
thority states, ' 'The name of Hawley has stood
pre-eminent in the ranks of jurists and statesmen
of New England."



ISAAC NEWTON CAMP.



*YSAAC N. CAMP, one of the prominent busi-
ness men of Chicago, who has been success-
Jl fully engaged in mercantile pursuits in this
city for more than a quarter of a century, is a



native of Elmore, Lamoille County, Vermont,
having been born there on the igth of December,
1831. His ancestors were colonial settlers in the
Green Mountain State. His parents, Abel and



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Charlotte (Taplin) Camp, were both natives of
Vermont. The father was a farmer, whose sound
sense and good judgment gave him the position
of leading citizen among the people of the town
in which he lived. For several years he held the
office of Postmaster and Town Clerk. He died
on the 22d of December, 1890, aged ninety years.
In respect to his longevity, he was like his father,
grandfather and great-grandfather, each of whom
lived to a very advanced age. Among other
things that came to Mr. Camp, on account of his
integrity and financial ability, was the charge of
a large tract of land which was left to the Uni-
versity of Vermont by Guy Catlin. In connec-
tion with the management of this land was a
scholarship in the university held by Mr. Catlin,
and placed at Mr. Camp's disposal.

Isaac Newton Camp, after the usual course in
the common schools, attended the academy at
Bakersfield, Vermont, where he paid his board by
teaching music. At the age of twenty he entered
the University of Vermont, where he made use
of the scholarship above mentioned, and in his
spare time earned enough money to pay his cur-
rent expenses. After four years of hard study,
interspersed with a liberal amount of hard work,
he was graduated and received his diploma from
his Alma Mater in 1856. Soon afterward he be-
came assistant principal in Barre Academy, which
had been transferred from Bakersfield during the
time he was in college. There he taught math-
ematics and music for four years, after which he
became principal of the High school, at Burling-
ton, Vermont, filling that position until he came
to Chicago, April 20, 1868.

In this city Mr. Camp became associated with
H. L. Story, and entered the business in which
he spent a large portion of his life. The firm
took the name of Story & Camp, and continued
in business until the spring of 1884, when the
Estey Organ Company bought Mr. Story's inter-
est, and the firm assumed the style of Estey &
Camp, which has been continued to the present
date, 1895.

Mr. Camp's life is an exemplification of what a
man may do if he has ability and business meth-
ods. He began life on a small capital which he



had saved out of his salary as a teacher. With
that as a base, and an abundance of energy, per-
severance, enterprise and integrity of the highest
character, he was prepared to enter the contest
for success in commercial circles with a good
prospect of winning, and he succeeded. The
house of which he is a member is one of the most
reputable and substantial in Chicago, and its
status is the outgrowth of the efforts of the gen-
tlemen who have managed its affairs. It grew
up on fair dealing and honest and successful
competition with its rivals. At the time of Mr.
Story's withdrawal from the firm, the capital
exceeded $500,000, and he received $250,000 for
his interest in the business. The capital to-day
exceeds $i ,000,000.

Mr. Camp has been prominently connected
with public enterprises. He is a director in the
Chicago Theological Seminary and the Royal
Trust Company. In April, 1891, he was ap-
pointed a director of the World's Columbian Ex-
position, and served as a member of the commit-
tees on Agriculture and Liberal Arts. In politics
Mr. Camp is a Republican, but he does not serve
his party with a blind devotion, rather taking a
liberal view of political matters, and in local
affairs votes for the man whom he thinks best
qualified to discharge the duties of the office.
For many years he has been a member of Union
Park Congregational Church, and is president of
its board of trustees. He is a member of the
Illinois and Union League Clubs.

On the ist of January, 1862, Mr. Camp mar-
ried Miss Flora Carpenter, daughter of Hon.
Carlos Carpenter, of Barre, Vermont. Of the
four children born of this marriage, three are now
living. The daughter, Charlotte, is the wife of
M. A. Farr, of Chicago; Edward N., the elder
son, is in business with his father; and William
Carpenter, the younger son, is also in the business.

Mr. Camp has found time in his busy commer-
cial life to see his native land quite thoroughly,
and has also traveled extensively abroad with his
family. As a result of his journeyings, he is a
better citizen and more loyal American than he
would otherwise have been. He is a generous
giver to the church and for charitable purposes.



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E. A. JEWETT.



In consequence of his industrious, well-spent life,
and his energy, integrity and force of character,
Mr. Camp has raised himself from the bottom
round of the financial ladder to a position of in-



dependence, and at this advanced period of his
life enjoys the luxuries of wealth, the society of
numerous friends, and the pleasures of an environ-
ment of refinements.



EDWARD A. JEWETT.



[TOWARD ADAMS JEWETT, one of the
1^ successful sons of Vermont, now identified
L with the greatest enterprise of Chicago, was
born at St. Johnsbury, July 18, 1838. His
grandfather, Dr. Luther Jewett, was one of the
pioneers of that town, where he officiated first as
a clergyman and later as a physician. He was
also a member of Congress from Vermont, elected
in 1815 and re-elected in 1817. He was born in
Canterbury, Connecticut, and reached the age of
eighty-seven years. Ephraim Jewett, the father
of the subject of this notice, was in turn a promi-
nent citizen of St. Johnsbury, where he carried
on a mercantile business. He married Miss Jane
Fairbanks, a daughter of ex-Governor Erastus
Fairbanks and sister of ex-Governor Horace
Fairbanks a name which is a household word
in the Green Mountain State, and familiar in this
and other countries in connection with Fairbanks'
scales and philanthropic deeds. Mrs . Jane Jewett' s
grandfather was remotely of English descent, his
ancestors being among the first settlers of Massa-
chusetts. Both he and his wife lived to extreme
old age, departing this life during the boyhood of
Edward A. Jewett Mrs. Fairbanks at the age of
ninety-nine years. Erastus Fairbanks was born in
Brimfield, Massachusetts, in 1792, and was known
as Vermont's "War Governor," his second elec-
tion to that office having occurred in the fall of
1860. The first election was in 1852.

The ancestry of Edward A. Jewett on both
sides was of prime New England stock a lineage



distinguished for sturdy character, industrious
habits and intellectual force and this scion per'
petuates those characteristics to a marked degree.
He attended the schools in St. Johnsbury, and
later became a student at Phillips Academy, at
Andover, Massachusetts, graduating from that
famous educational institution in 1857. He then
entered Harvard University, but his health hav-
ing become impaired, he was obliged to relinquish
his studies there at the end of the second year.

He soon after entered upon the business career
in which he has since been almost continuously
occupied. His first employment was with a large
wholesale boot and shoe house in Boston, where
he remained until 1861. He was then sent to
Burlington, Vermont, to settle up the affairs of a
boot and shoe store which had become largely
indebted to his employers. Having adjusted this
business in a manner creditable to himself and
satisfactory to the creditors, he purchased the
business of the bankrupt concern and carried on
the same for four years. At the end of that
period he became interested in the construction of
a railway from Swanton, Vermont, to St. John's,
Quebec, which subsequently became a part of the
Vermont Central system. From 1866 to 1870 he
was in the service of the United States Govern-
ment as deputy collector of internal revenue at
Burlington, Vermont, after which he engaged in
the book and stationery business at that place for
three years.

In 1873 Mr. Jewett became a resident of Chi-



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cago, and in July of that year he was appointed
Assistant Superintendent of the Chicago division
of the Pullman Palace Car Company. On the ist
of June, 1874, he was promoted to the office of
Division Superintendent, and held that position
until April i, 1888, when he was appointed As-
sistant General Superintendent of the company,
a position which he still capably fills. This high
and responsible position was given to him in
recognition of his merits and qualifications.
This important trust involves in its operations
millions of dollars, under a method so thoroughly
systematized that the checks and balances must
tally to a cent. The vast system managed by
the Pullman Palace Car Company extends
throughout the United States, Canada and Mex-
ico, its domain being so broad as to be almost
incomprehensible all under the sagacious super-
intendency of this quiet and unpretentious gen-
tleman, whose hand is felt and recognized as
being constantly at the helm. He has been the
recipient of many evidences of the high regard in
which he is held by the heads of this great cor-
poration.

In 1870 he married Miss Jennie M. Hubbell,
of Charlotte, Chittenden County, Vermont, a
member of an old and highly-respected family,



the daughter of S. W. and Polly Hubbell. The
home of Mr. and Mrs. Jewett in Chicago is the
seat of pleasant hospitality, where their friends
are always sure of cordial welcome.

In his social and fraternal relations Mr. Jewett
occupies an enviable position. He is an honored
member of the Masonic fraternity, being affiliated
with Washington L,odge, Burlington Chapter and
Council, of Burlington, Vermont; of Chevalier
Bayard Commandery, Chicago; and Boston (Mas-
sachusetts) Consistory. He served one year as
Deputy Grand Master of the State of Vermont,
Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter for two
years, and Grand Generalissimo of the Grand
Commandery for one year. He was an early
member of the Sons of Vermont in Chicago, and
one of the vice-presidents of that society in 1894.
He is a stanch supporter of Republican principles
of government, and in 1872 and 1873 he served
as aide-de-camp on the staff of Gov. Julius Con-
verse, of Vermont. His bearing is uniformly
courteous and dignified, and inspires the confi-
dence and regard of all who come in contact with
him. He can have the proud satisfaction of
knowing that it has been to his own capacity,
diligence and careful observance of the highest
rules of business that his uniform success is due.



GOTTLIEB MERZ.



MERZ. Among the self-made

band patriotic citizens of Chicago of foreign
birth, is the subject of this biography. His
ancestors were among the prominent people of
Menziken, in the canton of Aargau, Switzerland,
and he does honor to his lineage. His grandfather
moved from that city to Erlach, Canton Berne,
where his parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Merz,
were born. Jacob Merz was a carpenter, and



passed his whole life in the pursuit of his occu-
pation at Erlach.

Gottlieb Merz was born at the last-mentioned
place on the I4th of October, 1838, and attended
the public schools of his native place until he was
fourteen years old. He was then apprenticed to
a cabinetmaker and became a journeyman two
years later, at the age of sixteen. After this he
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bordering on the Lake of Geneva, such as Neuf-
chatel, Locel, Lucerne, Vevey and Merges. He
was also employed for some time in the principal
city of Geneva.

At the age of twenty-four, possessed by that
spirit of enterprise which has made the American
Nation pre-eminent in the world's progress, he
determined to settle in the western world, and
came direct to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After
working six months in a cabinet shop there, he
went into a factory employed in the manufacture
of picture frames, mirrors and show cases, and
after being there two months, was made foreman
and had charge of a large business.

Mr. Merz became a resident of Chicago in 1865,
and was employed for two years by Stotz & Wolz,
makers of cabinet ware. In 1867 he established
his present business the manufacture of cigar
boxes which has grown under his energetic and
judicious care to enormous magnitude. His first
shop was in the old Turner Hall on Kinzie Street,
where, in 1871, he lost everything in the great
fire. The North Side residents did not suppose
the devouring element would cross the river from
the South Side, until it seemed to leap over all
along the river front, and Mr. Merz was sur-
rounded, like many others, before he could make
arrangements to save anything, and was glad to
escape with his family to a place of safety. After



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