Biography of John C. Greenway
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JOHN CAMPBELL GREENWAY, general manager of the Calumet & Arizona Mining Company, Warren, Arizona, was born in Huntsville, Alabama, July 6, 1872, the son of Dr. Gilbert Christian Greenway and Alice (White) ireenway. He is descended of a notable line of Southerners, his father and grandfather having been soldiers under the Confederate flag. Isaac Shelby, first Governor of Kentucky, and Capt. John Campbell, of King's Mountain fame, are two members of the family whose names stand out conspicuously in the history of Colonial days.

Mr. Greenway, who ranks today with the world's greatest mine managers, had splendid educational advantages, but to this he added practical experience which has fitted him for his present place in the mining world. He was graduated from the Episcopal High School at Alexandria, Virginia, then entered Andover Academy at Andover, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Virginia and from there went to Yale University, where he received his technical training. He was a conspicuous figure in Yale from his freshman year, when he was chosen a member of the "University" football team. He was graduated with the degree of Ph. B.; was voted president of his class, also the most popular man. He played right end on the famous McCormick and Hinkey football elevens of 1892 and 1893 and was catcher for the famous "Dutch" Carter on the 'varsity baseball nines of those years, an athletic career which is part of the history of the university.

Upon leaving college, Mr. Greenwav sought to learn the practical side of the steel business, beginning at the very bottom. His first employment was as helper in the Duquesne furnaces of the Carnegie Steel Company, where he worked for a dollar and thirty two cents per day. In time he was advanced to the post of foreman of the mechanical department and was thus engaged when the Spanish-American war was declared in 1898.

Leaving his work, he hastened alone to San Antonio, Texas, and there enlisted as a private in the famous Rough Rider Regiment, of which Theodore Roosevelt was colonel. He served throughout the war with his regiment, and brief though those hostilities were, was twice promoted, on one occasion for "bravery and gallantry in action". He was promoted to Second Lieutenant, and at the battle of San Juan Hill was advanced to First Lieutenant because of the extraordinary courage displayed by him in that historic engagement. He was also recommended to Congress by Colonel Roosevelt for the brevet of Captain. In his history of the "Rough Riders," Colonel Roosevelt paid a splendid tribute to Captain Greenway, referring to him as

"A strapping fellow, entirely fearless, modest and quiet, with the ability to take care of the men under him so as to bring them to the highest point of soldierly perfection, to be counted upon with absolute certainty in every emergency ; not only doing his duty, but always on the watch to find some new duty which he could construe to be his, ready to respond with eagerness to the slightest suggestion of doing something, whether it was dangerous or merely difficult and laborious."

Returning from Cuba with a splendid war record, Greenway reentered the steel business and after a year was appointed Assistant Superintendent of the United States Steel Corporation's mines at Ishpeming, Michigan. His work in this connection was of such high calibre, that when the Steel Corporation purchased of J. J. Hill the Great Northern Iron Ore lease on the Mesaba Range in Northern 'Minnesota, he was chosen for the post of General Superintendent of the undertaking. This, by the way, was one of the most extensive operations ever launched by the great corporation, and Mr. Greenway's conduct of it was a personal triumph almost as celebrated as the famous Hill ore lands themselves.

Going to the range in the late summer of 1906, Captain Greenway located the town of Coleraine on the shore of a picturesque lake and began the work immediately. His entire stay in that region was characterized by a perfection of organization in which regard for the hundreds of men who worked under him was mingled with a strict discipline which made the enterprise one of the great industrial successes of this generation. In addition to the actual work of superintending the operation of the plant, Captain Greenway also served as monitor of the town and its people. He encouraged home building, governed the place with an iron hand in the matter of gambling and other forms of dissipation and in addition, caused the installation of various utilities and numerous public conveniences. These latter included a library, a perfectly equipped hospital, a school building costing $75,000, an athletic field and extensive parks. His other public services included his inducing the Steel Corporation to install the sewer, water and light systems of the town without expense to the employees.

A writer in "The World Today," referring to him and his work on the Mesa Range, characterized him:

"A man of exemplary habits, who inhibits dissipation by example; a tireless worker, this man who does things is of that new type of Americans who can serve corporations and at the same time serve their day and generation."

Upon the completion of his work in the Mesaba region, Captain Greenery, 1910, accepted the appointment as General Manager of the mining operations of the Calumet & Arizona Mining Company of Bisbee, Arizona. His offices are located at Warren, a suburb of Bisbee, and in the handling of the affairs of the company he has displayed the same talent for effective organization and telling results that distinguished him in his previous work.

The Calumet & Arizona Mining Company is the lustiest young copper giant of Arizona, now ranking as the tenth largest copper producer in the world and just beginning to get into its stride. The Calumet & Arizona Mining Company is the only large copper company in Arizona not running its own stores and railroad, considering it both a fair and let live policy to leave such side issues to others.

The Calumet & Arizona Mining Company is now building the most modern smelter in the world for its increasing tonnage of Bisbee ores, at Douglas, and under Mr. Greenwav's aggressive management is acquiring additional properties of promise in many Arizona camps.

In addition to his professional work. Captain Greenway has taken an active personal interest in public affairs and while he has never been a seeker for public office, has been a steadfast supporter of Colonel Roosevelt in political matters. The two men became close personal friends during their army days and this has lasted, growing steadily stronger.

Mr. Greenway was one of the sponsors of the National Progressive Party and was one of the self constituted committee which brought that party into being by inviting and personally escorting Colonel Roosevelt to the Progressive National Convention held in Orchestra Hall, in Chicago in June, 1912.

He was nominated by the Progressive Party as presidential elector of the State of Arizona, was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Arizona, is President of the Yale Alumni Association of Arizona, President of the Warren District Country Club and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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