Biography of Elbridge Gerry Keith
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

KEITH, ELBRIDGE GERRY. - Born in Barre, Washington county, Vt. Son of Martin Keith and Betsy (French) Keith, the former being of Scotch and the latter of English descent. The first of his ancestors who came to America was Rev. James Keith, a graduate of Aberdeen College, Aberdeen, Scotland, who arrived in this country about 1660, and settled in Bridgewater, Mass., where he pursued the calling of a Presbyterian minister. The subject of this sketch acquired his education in a common district school of Vermont, and at Barre Academy and Newbury Seminary, Vt. He entered a country store at 16. Came to Chicago in 1857 and engaged in the wholesale hat, cap and millinery business in 1858. He became a partner in the firm of Keith Bros. in 1865, and was elected president of the Metropolitan National bank when it was organized in 1884, a position which he still holds. Mr. Keith has served three terms as a member of the board of education of Chicago, and was its vice-president. He is now vice-president of the Diamond Plate Glass Company of Kokomo, Ind., and is a director of the National storage Company, the Hewitt Manufacturing Company, the Santa Fe Elevator Company, etc. He is senior warden of Christ Reformed Episcopal church; is a trustee of Beloit College, and in politics an active republican. Mr. Keith is a prominent member of the Union League, Commercial, Chicago, Bankers' and Literary clubs. He was married in December, 1865, to Harriet S. Hall, of Dayton, near Ottawa, Ill., and has five children living, Elbridge B., Carl, Bessie, Stanley and Harold.


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

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