Biography of Albert Keep
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

KEEP, ALBERT. - Born at Homer, Cortland county, N. Y., April 30, 1826. Son of Chauncey and Prudence Keep. Parents of English descent. The first ancestor on the mother's side to come to the United States was Henry Wolcott, who settled in Dorchester, Mass., in 1628. The time of arrival of the paternal ancestors is somewhat uncertain. but was undoubtedly prior to 1650. Subject of sketch received his education in the common schools and took a two years' course in Cortland Academy in his native town. Began life as a clerk at 15 years of age in a country store, and when only 20 went to Whitewater and engaged in mercantile business. He came to Chicago in August, 1851, and established a wholesale dry goods business which was continued until 1857. Began about that year to deal in real estate, buying, improving and selling propperty. In 1865 he was elected a director of the Michigan Southern railroad company, and continued a director after the consolidation with the Lake Shore company. He was elected president of the Chicago & North Western railway company in 1873, holding that office until 1887, at which time he practically retired from active business, though he has been chairman of the board of directors for the last named corporation up to the present time. He was for many years a director of the Commercial National bank and of the Merchants' Loan & Trust Company. He was prominently connected with the organization of the Chicago Home for Incurables, and is one of the trustees of that institution. Mr. Keep was married in 1861, in Rochester, N. Y., and has one child, now Mrs. Ralph Isham.


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

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