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Biographical Sketch of Henry Apthorp

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Apthorp, Henry; capitalist; born, Mayfield, Cuyahoga Co., O., Feb. 9, 1841; son of William and Chloe Howard Apthorp; educated, district school in Mayfield and later at academy in Mayfield and in Geauga Seminary; married, Willoughby, O., Dec. 8, 1859, Harriet E. Strong; one son, Warren; worked in a saw mill and hauled some of the lumber that went into the building of the Kennard House in Cleveland; until 22 years of age engaged in farming and lineman and foreman for the Western Union Telegraph Co. and the Lake Shore R. R.; 1876-1880, editor of The Democratic Standard of Ashtabula, O.; 1891, mngr. editor The Columbus Post; 1887-1909 special agt. the L. S. & M. S. R. R. in matters of state legislation in Ohio; in 1892 wrote and published a pamphlet against the proposed two-cent a mile railroad fare; in 1899 wrote a defence of the trusts, and in 1903 opposed Social-ism in a well-written pamphlet; prominent in politics; served two terms as member of the Ashtabula City Council, 1872-3 and 1883-4; 1885-7, railroad commissioner of Ohio; 1893-99, member Board of Managers of the Ohio State Penitentiary and of the Ohio State Reformatory, 1897-1900.


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