Biography of E. S. Dreyer
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

DREYER, E. S. - Born at Buckeburg, Schaumburg Lippe, Germany, August 5, 1844. He lost his parents at an early age and up to the time he was 15 lived with different relatives, attending school. His studies included classical, mathematical and scientific branches, as well as general literatnre. His father had held the position under the government of Forester, an inherited one, which the son could have had if he had chosen, but he preferred to carve out his own career. At 15 he began learning the carriage trimniing trade, and remained at that until he was 21, when he was about to be drafted into the German army. 'This determined him to come to America, and having an aunt living in Chicago he came direct to this city. Here he attended a business college, and later entered the employment of Knauer Bros., a real estate firm, where he remained for seven and a half years. In February, 1872, he began business for himself, dealing in real estate and making loans. The loaning business has eventuated in his becoming a private banker, doing a large business, and he is regarded as one of the most prominent among the real estate men of the city of Chicago. He has always been extremely active in any movement tending toward the general benefit of the city. He interested himself particularly in the imprisoned anarchists, Fielden, Schwab and Neebe, and was made president of the Amnesty association organized for the purpose of securing their pardon. The effort was successful, though the labor of accom plishing it was long and arduous, and in 1893 the pardon was signed by Gov. Altgeld, and Mr. Dreyer had the pleasure of personally taking it to Joliet and bringing back to Chicago the three men. He was married August 26, 1876, to Augusta Billigmann, daughter of F. W. Billigmann, who died Sept. 26, 1873. He has three children - Charlotte S., Edward S. and Florence S.

The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
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