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and otology. Address : 226 Marlborough Street, Boston, Mass. Member Royal Medical Society, Budapest; president Ninth Otological International Congress; fellow American College of Surgeons; emeritus professor of otology Harvard University, 1913.

Blakeslee, Francis Durbin, clergyman and educator of 612 Y. M. C. A. Building, Binghamton, N. Y., was born in Vestal, N. Y. He received the degrees of A.B., A.M., D.D., Litt.D. He was clerk of quartermaster fiftieth N. Y. engineers at Rappahannock Sta., Va., December, 1863, to February, 1864; clerk of quartermaster general's office, Washington, D. C., February, 1864, to July, 1865; pastor Methodist Episcopal Church, Canisteo, N. Y., 1868; principal East Greenwich (R. I.) Academy, 1873-84; pastor Thames St. Methodist Episcopal Church, Newport, R. I., 1886-87; president Iowa Wesleyan University, 1899-1900; president Cazenovia (N. Y.) Seminary, 1900-08; superintendent Binghamton District Anti-Saloon League from 1908, lecturer and platform speaker. Member Phi Beta Kappa Society, Delta Kappa Epsilon.

Blanchard, George A., commissioner of Moultonboro, Carroll County, N. H., was born Oct. 16, 1863, in Sandwich, N. H. He was educated at the Beeder Academy. He is proprietor of The Homestead of Moultonboro, N. H.; and for six terms has been chairman of the board of selectmen, his present term ending in 1913. He is also commissioner of Carroll County for the term of 1910-1913. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias; has been a member of the board of education and filled various other positions of trust and honor.

Blanchard, James Armstrong, judge Supreme Court of New York, was born Aug. 16, 1845, in Henderson, N. Y. At the age of nine years he was taken by his parents to Fond du Lac, Wis., and while preparing for college he enlisted in the second Wisconsin volunteer cavalry; and was mustered out in 1865. In 1871 he graduated from Ripon College; and in the meantime taught school to pay his expenses. In 1873 he graduated from the law school of Columbia College of New York City; and soon attained prominence at the bar. In 1901 he was elected justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the term ending in 1915; and resides in New York City.

Blankemeier, Louis Frederic Carl, editor, b. June 8, 1854, at Schmalkalden, Thuringia ; s. of a Hessian Secretary of Police; ed. in the Gymnasium at Marburg, and at St. Louis University; received the degrees of Bachelor of Philosophy; m. Laura Roebber, d. of the first German teacher of Kansas City, Mo.; has served as Manager and Managing Editor of the Catholic German paper, Herold des Glaubens, for the past 38 years; author of an Almanac, issued annually, called “Familienfreund”; is Secretary of the Catholic Knights of America. Address: Temple Bldg., St. Louis, Mo.

Blatch, Harriot Stanton, writer, lecturer, of 25 W. 45th St., New York City, was born at Seneca Falls, N. Y., Jan. 20, 1856, d. Henry B. and Elizabeth (Cady) Stanton; grad. Vassar Coll., A.B., 1878; A.M., 1893 (Phi Beta Kappa); m. London England,

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1882, W. H. Blatch; one daughter, Nora Stanton, b. Basingstoke, Eng., 1883; grad. as civil eng'r, Cornell, 1905; mem. Am. Soc. Civ. Eng 'rs. While living in Eng., 1882-1902, mem. of Evening Schs. Com., on the Exec. Com. of Fabian Soc., Women's Industrial Union, Local Government Soc., Women's Suffrage Soc., Franchise League. Made study of village conditions in Eng. under Charles Booth, the statistician. On exec. B'd Women's Trade Union League of N. Y.; mem. Com. of Fifty to abolish tracks on 11th av.; v.p. and dir. Equal Franchise Soc.; pres. Women's Polit. Union, which numbers 17,000 members in Greater N. Y. Club: Women's University.

Bleakley, Cara Rogers, Pres. Gen. Daughters of Revolution, 536 N. Broadway, Yonkers, N. Y., was born, Norristown, Pa.; d. George W. and Cara (Bean) Rogers; grad. Elmira Coll., A.M., 1879; m. 1894, Clarence L. Bleakley; children: G. Rogers, b. 1896; Paul L., b. 1899; Clarence H., b. 1902. Traveled extensively all over the world. Presby'n. Pres. Gen. Nat. Soc., Daughters of the Revolution. Clubs : Elmira Coll. (pres.), Conversational (Norristown, Pa.), Travelers (Peekskill, N. Y.).

Blease, Coleman Livingston, governor of the state of South Carolina, was born in October, 1886, in Newberry County, S. C. He received his collegiate education at Newberry College; and graduated from the Georgetown Law School at Washington, Ď. C. In 1894-1900 he served three terms as a representative in the South Carolina State Legislature; and was twice elected speaker pro tem. , He has been county chairman; a member of nearly all the state conventions; and for the past ten years has been a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee. He has also served three terms as city attorney of Newberry; and is a prominent member of the Improved Order of Red Men; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; and Woodmen of the World. In 1905-09 he was member of the South Carolina State Senate; and was the president pro tem of that body. He was elected governor of South Carolina for the second term of 1913-15; and resides in Columbia, S. C.

Blehl, Ernest Mar (M.A., E.E., A.I.A., F.A.S.), actuary, Philadelphia Life Ins. Co., Philadelphia, Pa.; b. at Philadelphia March 22, 1872; educated in the public schools; had degree of Master of Arts conferred on him by the Philadelphia High School, and of Electrical Engineer by Lehigh University in 1895; was made an Associate of Institute of Actuaries of Great Britain in 1906 and a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of America in 1912. He was appointed assistant in the actuarial department of the Penn Mutual Life Ins. Co. in 1900; actuary of the Security Trust and Life Ins. Co. in 1903, and actuary of the Philadelphia Life Ins. Co. in 1906. Address: North American Building, Philadelphia, Pa.

Bliss, Robert Woods, diplomat, was born St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 5, 1875; son William Henry and Annie Louise (Woods) Bliss; graduated Harvard Univ., A.B., 1900. Appt'd clerk in office of sec. of Porto Rico, Oct., 1900; private sec. to Gov. of Porto Rico, Sept., 1901; U.S. Consul at Venice, Italy, June, 1903; 2d sec. of

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embassy at St. Petersburg, Russia, Oct., 1904; sec. of legation at Brussels, Belgium, Jan., 1907; delegate to Internat. Confer. ence to consider revision of the arms and ammunition regulations of the Gen. Act of Brussels of July 2, 1890, April, 1908; sec. of legation, Buenos Ayres, Argentine Republic, Aug., 1909 ; sec. of embassy, Paris, France, since Feb., 1912; attended Internat. Conference for the consideration of the question of the relief to aliens, held at Paris, Nov., 1912. Republican. Clubs : University, Harvard (N.Y. City), Metropolitan (Washington), Travellers, Cercle de l'Union (Paris). Residence: 6 E, 65th St., N.Y. City. Address: American Embassy, Paris, France.

Bloch, Lester W., lawyer, of 57 State St., Albany, N. Y., was born, Albany, N. Y., June 19, 1880; s. Emanuel and Helen (Wolfsheimer) Bloch; grad. Grammar Sch. No. 14, 1894; Albany High Sch., 1898; Union Coll., Ph.B., 1902; Albany Law Sch., LL.B. 1904. In active practice since graduation, specialty being Federal and corp 'n law; mem. bar of Commonwealth of Mass., U. S. Comm'r for Northern Dist. of N. Y., 1905-1913. Republican; Jewish religion. Mem. Albany County Bar Ass'n, Albany Law Sch. Alumni Ass'n, Washington Lodge 85, F. and A. M. (past master), Loyal Order of Moose (Dictator of Albany Lodge 909 and supreme trustee of the Order), Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Nat. Legal Fraternity of Gamma Beta Gamma, Modern Woodmen of America, Eastern N. Y. Beta Theta Pi Alumni Ass'n, Albany High School Alumni Ass'n. Clubs: City, Adelphi, Capital City, Unconditional Republican, Young Men's Republican.

Bloch, Louis James, educator, author, poet, was born in 1851, in Austria. Since 1895 he has been principal of the John Marshall high school of Chicago, Ill. He is the author of Dramatic Sketches and Poems; The New World and Other Verse; Capriccios; Many Moods and Many Minds; and The World's Triumph. Clubs: Cliff Dwellers, Chicago Literary, City Club, Twentieth Century. Address: 200 Maple Av., Oak Park, Ill.

Blodgett, Wells H., general counsel for Receivers, Wabash Rd. Office: St. Louis, Mo. Born 1839 at Downers Grove, Ill. Educated at the Illinois Institute at Wheaton, Ill. Entered railway service 1873 as assistant attorney St. Louis, Kansas City & Northern Rd., since which he has been consecutively, 1874 to 1879, general attorney same road; 1879 to 1884, general solicitor Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Ry.; 1884 to 1889, general counsel for receivers Wabash Lines; 1889, upon reorganization of the Wabash Co., to Aug. 8, 1901, general solicitor Wabash Rd.; Aug. 8, 1901, to Dec. 18, 1911, vice-president and general counsel same road; Dec. 18, 1911, to date, general counsel for receivers same road. Served through the war in the volunteer service; received a “Congressional Medal of Honor” for distinguished gallantry and was mustered out in July 1865, as colonel of the Forty-eighth Regiment, Missouri Volunteers.

Blome, R. H. H., educator of Flagstaff, Ariz., was born Nov. 3, 1854, in Germany. He received the degree of Ph.D., at Jena, Germany, in 1900. He was teacher of physchology and pedagogy, Tempe Normal School of Ariz., nine years; teacher of psy

chology and pedagogy, principal of the Northern Arizona Normal School five years.

Blomeyer, Edward Franklin, Vice-President and General Manager Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Rd. Office Chattanooga, Tenn. Born Feb. 20, 1863, at Farmington, St. Francois County, Mo. Educated in the common schools. Entered railway service 1881 as station agent St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Ry., since which he has been consecutively 1887 to 1889, master transportation Cape Girardeau Southwestern Ry.; 1889 to 1890, assistant superintendent same road; Feb., 1890 to Jan., 1893, superintendent St. Louis, Cape Girardeau & Fort Smith Ry.; Jan., 1893 to May, 1899, general freight and passenger agent, and Jan. 1, 1894, to May, 1899, also auditor same road; May, 1899, to Sept., 1900, auditor and general freight and passenger agent, and Jan. 1, 1894, to May, 1899, also auditor same road; May, 1899, to Sept., 1900, auditor and general freight and passenger agent Southern Missouri & Arkansas Rd. (successor to the St. Louis, Cape Girardeau & Fort Smith Ry.) ; Sept., 1900 to 1902, second vice-president and traffic manager same road; Nov., 1902, to Sept., 1903, general freight and passenger agent, St. Louis, Memphis & Southeastern Rd. ; Feb., to Sept., 1903, also general freight and passenger agent St. Louis & Gulf Rd.; May, 1904, to Oct., 1905, president and general manager Manistique, Marquette & Northern Rd., at Milwaukee, Wis.; Oct., 1903, to March, 1906, also president and general manager Pere Marquette Steamship Co., March, 1906, to Oct., 1910, assistant general freight agent Pere Marquette Rd.; Oct., 1910, to date, vice-president and general manager Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Rd. at Chattanooga, Tenn.

Blossom, George W., assistant western general agent at Chicago, National Fire Ins. Co., of Hartford, Conn.; b. in Dubuque, Ia., Oct. 1, 1854. He has been connected with fire insurance all his life. After some time spent in a local agency at Dubuque, he was employed for ten years in the western office of the GermanAmerican Ins. Co., and for three years in the Western office of the Connecticut Fire Ins. Co., since when he has held his present position. He is also a member of the Chicago local agency of Fred S. James & Co. Address : Insurance Exchange, Chicago, Ill.

Blue, Victor, Rear Admiral, U. S. Navy, born in Richmond County, N. C., Dec. 6, 1865; son of John G. and Annie M. (Evans) Blue. Was appointed to the Naval Academy from S. C., in 1883. Graduated in 1887. Commissioned Ass't Engineer, July 1, 1889; Ensign, Dec. 12, 1892; Lieut. (J. G.) Dec. 5, 1897; Lieut., March 3, 1899; Lieutenant Comdr., June 27, 1905; Commander, July 1, 1909; Captain, March 10, 1914. Served at sea in various parts of the world on the Quinnebung, Pensacola, Charleston, Thetis, Alliance, Bennington, Suwanee, Alvarado, Massachusetts, Oregon, Newark, Kentucky, North Carolina, Hist, and Yorktown. Commanded the Alvarado, Hist, and Yorktown. Was executive officer of the Suwanee, and commanded the Alvarado (captured from the Spaniards) during the Spanish-American War. flag lieutenant with Rear Admiral Kempff in the Philippines dur

ing the insurrection, and in North China during the Boxer uprising. Was flag lieutenant with Rear Admiral P. H. Cooper on the Asiatic Station in 1903-1904. Was Chief of Staff of the Pacific fleet in 1910-1911. Served on shore at the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, Cal., the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., Cramps Shipyard, Phila., Naval War College, Newport, R. I., Inspector of Ordnance at the Newport News shipyard, Va., with the General Board, Washington, D. C., and became Chief of Bureau of Navigation in the Navy Department with rank of rear admiral under Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels, March 26, 1913.

Blum, Edward Charles, merchant, of 422 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N. Y., was born, N. Y. City; s. Adolph and Ida Blum; ed. colleges in Germany and France; m. Florence Abraham; children: Alice I., b. 1895; Robert Edward, b. 1899. Mem. firm of Abraham & Straus, Brooklyn, N. Y. V.-P. Abrast Realty Co.; treas. Flatbush Av. Realty Co.; trustee Kings County Trust Co., Security Safe Deposit Co., Brooklyn Inst. of Arts and Sciences. Republican. Pres. Jewish Hosp. of Brooklyn; dir. Juvenile Probation Ass'n, Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charities, Brooklyn League. Mem. N. Y. State Probation Comm’n, Fire Island State Park Comm'n, N. Y. Chamber of Commerce. Clubs: Brooklyn (dir), Montauk (dir), Islip Polo (dir), Riding and Driving (Brooklyn), South Side Yacht, South Shore Field, and City Club of N. Y.

Blumenfeld, Ralph David, journalist and author of London, England, was born April 7, 1864, in Watertown, Wis. In 1884 he was reporter on the Chicago Record-Herald; became correspondent of the United Press; and subsequently editor of the New York Evening Telegram. Since 1904 he has been editor-in-chief of the London Daily Express.

Boarman, Aleck, judge United States District Court of Louisiana, was born Dec. 10, 1839, in Yazoo City, Miss. He was educated in the Kentucky Military College. He served throughout the war as an officer in the Confederate army from Manassas to Appomatox. He began to practice law in 1866 at Shreveport, La. He was a representative from Louisiana to the forty-second congress; and was judge of the State District Court for one term. Since 1881 he has been judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana for life term; and resides in Shreveport, La.

Boardman, Horace Prentiss, civil engineer of University of Nevada, Reno, Nev., was born Jan. 21, 1869, in Menasha, Wis. He had one year's work in civil engineering before entering University of Wisconsin in 1889, took the civil engineering course and graduated in 1894, having been absent for a year—from June, 1891, to Sept., 1892, when he was engaged in engineering work in Chicago and Memphis. He belonged to the University of Wisconsin, Association of Engineers, and to the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, and in 1904 was a member of the senior crew. Since 1897 he has been assistant engineer for the Chicago and Alton Railway Company; since Dec., 1894, he has been a member of the

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