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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Biography of Lewis Witherbee Francis of Pelham Manor Published in 1911

In 1911, the American Iron & Steel Institute published a "Biographical Directory" of its members. Included in that directory was a biography and a photograph of Pelham Manor resident Lewis Witherbee Francis. The photograph appears below, followed by a transcription of the biography and a citation to the source.

Born in Port Henry, N. Y., July 21, 1865, son of Lewis and Elizabeth V. (Witherbee) Francis. Educated at Berkeley School, New York City and graduate of Williams College, A. B., 1888.
Upon graduation, began work with the firm of Witherbee, Sherman & Co., miners of iron ore near Port Henry, N. Y. Later was admitted to partnership and was in charge of the sales department. In 1900, when the firm was incorporated, became Secretary and Assistant Treasurer and also continued to be in charge of sales as before. Also Director of the Cheever Iron Ore Co.; Second Vice-President and Director, Lake Cham- plain & Moriah R. R. Co.; Secretary, Treasurer and Director, Cubitas Iron Ore Co.; Secretary, Treasurer and Director, Witherbee Real Estate and Imp. Company.

Member, American Institute of Mining Engineers; Director of Witherbee Memorial Association, Mineville, N. Y.; School Trustee, Pelham, N. Y. Member, University Club and City Lunch Club, New York; Hamilton Club, Brooklyn; Pelham Country Club; Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity.

Business address: 2 Rector St., New York City.

Home address: Pelham Manor, N. Y."

Source: McCleary, James T., ed., Biographical Directory of the American Steel Institute, p. 95 (NY, NY: American Iron and Steel Institute 1911).

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