Biography of John Wesley Doane
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

DOANE, JOHN WESLEY. - -Born at Thomson, Windham county, Conn., March 23, 1833. Son of Joel and Olivia (Primrose) Doane. Subject of sketch received only a common school education. When 22 years old he came west, locating in Chicago, and almost immediately began business in the grocery line. He had but a small capital, but he put into the enterprise energy and the determination to succeed, and in the year 1870 the house he had established was able to substantiate the claim of having had the largest sale of any grocery house in the Northwest, The great fire of 1871, however, entirely wiped out the business, and Mr. Doane had nothing left but his credit and energy. Putting his shoulder to the wheel he began his labors over again and soon built up a commercial enterprise second to none in the West. In 1872 he sold out his interest and began the direct importation of many of the lines of goods used by the grocery trade. His beginning has resulted in Chicago's becoming a vast importing city, others having followed his lead. During his business career in Chicago he proved very clearly that he was possessed of more than ordinary abilities as a financial man, and he is to-day recognized as sound authority on monetary and financial matters. Having a large interest in the Merchants Loan and Trust Company he was years ago elected the president of that institution. He is a director in the Pullman Palace Car Company. He spent valuable aid in the preliminary movements toward securing the World's Fair for Chicago. He was one who, with Lyman J. Gage, Wirt Dexter and John J. P. Odell, gave the senate committee practically a guarantee that Chicago would keep her promise in raising $5,000,000 for the Exposition. He was one of the founders of the Commercial Club and was twice its president, holding that office when General Grant was entertained after his trip around the world. He is a member of the Calumet Club and was its president in 1885. In politics he is a democrat, and was at one time induced to run for congress to represent the first district. In religion he is a Protestant Episcopalian and holds the office of vestry man in the Trinity Episcopal church. Mr. Doane was married November 10, 1857, to Miss Julia A. Moulton, daughter of Josis Moulton, of Laconia, N H.


FROM:
The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
The Standard Guide Company
Chicago 1893

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