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thought will be an invaluable acquisition to the world's libraries and historical archives. The sketches of the leaders of life and thought now at the helm of America's Ecclesiastical, Civil, Military, Industrial and Commercial lines of human activity have been selected with the greatest of care from current historical works and publications and from various other sources. As Builders and Merchants they have built cities and illumined the marts of trade; in the field of science and medicine they have obtained great prominence; in the arena of statesmanship they have produced men of thought and men of action, while at the bar and in the administration of Justice they have shown erudition and wisdom. As clergymen, educators and lecturers they have occupied high places; and as musicians, composers, artists, authors and poets they have contributed profusely to social life.

This volume is submitted to the public in the confidence that the careers herein described will be found stimulating to patriotism; and a potent factor in cheering and inspiring the efforts of rising generations.




Anderson, Frank M., 2604 Etna St., Berkeley, Cal., Geology, Ashland, Ore., June 4, 1863. A.B., Willamette, 1889; A.B., Stanford, 1895; M.S., California, 1897. Prof. nat. science, Siskiyou Co. High Sch., Cal., 1895-96; instr. miner, California, 97-98; geologist, S. P. Co., 1901-11; Curator paleont, Cal. Acad. Sciences, 1903Geol. Soc. Geology; paleontology.-Economic geology of northern California. Geologist, Universal Oil Co., 1911-1914. Geologist, Standard Oil Co., 1914

Arendt, Prof. Morton, Columbia University, New York N.Y. Electrical engineering. Cincinnati, O., March 24, 1877; Col. City of N.Y., 1892-1896; E.E., Columbia, 1898; Weston Instrument Co., 1898; N.Y. Edison Co., 1899; advisory elec. engineer, Elec. Boat Co., Holland Submarine Boat Co., Electro-Dynamic Co., Consol. R. R. Elec. Light Co., 1903, and A. B. Mfg. Co., 1912; lecturer elec. eng., Columbia, 1902-1905; instructor, 1905-1910; asst. prof., 1910. Publications on: Elec. Eng., design of electric generators, electric motors, storage batteries, voltage regulation, train lighting. Fellow Am. Inst. of Elec. Eng. Member Society Sigma Xi. Honorary member Phoenix Association Stationary Engs.

Averbeck, Maximilian J. Diamond importer, manufacturing jeweler; b. Marietta, Ohio; s. Maximilian Frederick and Sophia (Moll) Averbeck; ed. Marietta Coll.; grad. N.Y. Coll. of Pharmacy, Columbia Univ.; m. Piermont, N.Y., Annie Walsh Miller; children: Maximilian J., Jr.; Carolyn Rodgers. Dir. Germania Fire Ins. Co. Pres. The Ten and Twelve Maiden Lane Co., Aver. beck Drug Co., N.Y. Wholesale Jewelers' Ass'n; trustee Maiden Lane Savings Bank; vestryman and treas. All Angels Church; vice president Nat. Wholesale Jewelers' Ass'n. Dir. N.Y. Federation of Churches. Republican; Episcopalian. Clubs: Ohio Soc., Marietta Coll., Economic, West End Ass'n, Rockland Co. Country. Residence: Palisades, Rockland Co., N.Y.; 425 West End Av., N.Y. City. Address: 10-12 Maiden Lane, N.Y. City.

Beasley, Charles W., farmer; born near Paris, Henry Co., Tenn., Jan. 12, 1846; English descent; son of Nehemiah C. and Judith (Wamack) Beasley; father farmer; paternal grandparents Jno. Winfrey and Ann A. (Courtney) Beasley; maternal grandparents Byrd and Rebecca (Haskins) Wamack; was educated at Mansfield, Tenn.; engaged in farming early in life, which occupation he still follows; married Isabella C. Hagler, Dec. 22, 1872; member of the Democratic party.


Burns, William John. Pres. Wm. J. Burns Internat. Detective Agency, Inc.; b. Baltimore, Md., Oct. 19, 1861; s. Michael and Bridget (Trahey) Burns; ed. public schs. and business coll., Columbus, Ohio; m. Columbus, Ohio, 1880, Anna M. Ressler; children: George, Edwin, Raymond, Florence, Sherman, Kathleen. Joined U.S. secret service, 1889, and appt'd to headquarters, St. Louis; handled many celebrated cases throughout U.S. Resigned from secret service, 1903, and appt'd to take charge of investigation of Oregon, Washington and Calif. land fraud cases, which resulted in prosecution and conviction of numerous Federal, State and city officials; cleared up most remarkable counterfeiting case world has known. Monroe-head $100 silver certificate, bill so accurate defied all experts as to its genuineness; counterfeiters arrested Phila., Pa., April, 1899; won the gratitude of the entire nation for the thoroughness and fearlessness with which he laid bare the truth in the dynamite cases, and clearing up of Los Angeles Times, Oct. 1, 1911, etc. Organized Wm. J. Burns Nat. Detective Agency, N.Y., 1909, now Wm. J. Burns Internat. Detective Agency, Inc., having branches all over U.S., including one in London, Paris and Brussels. The London office is first permanent office established by an Am. detective in Europe. Author: The Masked War, The Argyle Case (in collaboration with Harriet Ford and Harvey J. O'Higgins). Lectured in all universities and colleges throughout the U.S. and Europe. Progressive; Roman Catholic. Mem. Nat. Federation of Theatres. Mem. N.Y. Press Club. Address: Woolworth Bld'g, N.Y. City.

Carter, A. Bion, banker; born in Great Bend, N.Y., June 23, 1857; son of Asa T. and Amanda (Cross) Carter; educated in school at Great Bend, and Ives Seminary, Antwerp, N.Y.; married, Boonville, N.Y., Oct. 17, 1883, Lelia M. Wentworth; children: Lulu I., Helen W., Erma L. Was telegraph operator on Utica & Black River Railroad at age of 16; enered land office of Leroy De Chammont, Carthage, N.Y., later entered employ of G. M. Batchford &

0., sole leather tanners, Otter Lake, N.Y.; became manager of the large Moose River Tanneries serving until their close; engaged in drug business at Carthage, and was employed with Hon. Le Roy Crawford, Chase's Lake, N.Y., making extract of hemlock_bark for tanning purposes; manager of large tannery at Fine, N. Y., for U. S. Leather Co., until its close in 1902. Organized National Exchange Bank of Carthage, and has been its president since 1902. Treasurer Wilna Farms Co., and Security and Real Estate Co. Republican. President Board of Education of Carthage High School; Odd Fellow (trustee of lodge); Royal Arch Mason, Knight Templar, Shriner. Club: Carthage. Address : Carthage.

Coombs, Frank L., lawyer, diplomat and statesman of Napa, Cal., was born Dec. 27, 1853, in Napa, Cal. He has been a representative in the state legislature. In 1892-93 he was United States minister to Japan; and in 1898-1900 he was United States attorney for the northern district of California. In 1901-03 he was a member of congress.

Cunningham, John Benedict, 1919, St. Albans, W.Va., known as Irish Bull; member of bar of District of Columbia ; author of

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