Biography of James S. Capen
Wayne County, MI Biographies





CAPEN, James Seymour, cigar dealer; born, Union Springs, Cayuga County, N. Y., Oct. 18, 1852; son of Luman W. and Eliza (Munger) Capen; descended from Bernard Capen, Dorchester, Mass., 1638 (he came from England and was a descendant of the French Huguenots, name of Capinne); educated State Normal University. Normal, Ill. (non graduate); married, 1882, Laura M. Spence, of Bloomington, Ill. (she died, 1911); three children, only one living, Louise (Mrs. John F. Smith). In wholesale crockery business, Bloomington, III., 1872-82; fruit grower and grove owner, Winter Park, Fla., 1882-93; secretary and treasurer The Charles A. Strelinger Co., Detroit, 1893-1907; assistant city accountant, Detroit, 1907-8; now owner of a chain of cigar and news stands. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Originated parcels post agitation in Detroit about 1894; served three years on Board of Commerce Tax Committee; was one of the committee that succeeded in having the tax taken off alcohol for commercial purposes. Republican. Presbyterian. Member Star Council No. 89, Royal Arcanum; member Grand Council of Michigan, since 1901. Recreation: baseball. Office: Ford Bldg. Residence: 31 Hotel Plaza.

From:
The Book of Detroiters
A Biographical Dictionary
Of Leading Living Men
Of The City of Detroit

Second Edition 1914
Edited By: Albert Nelson Marquis
A. N. Marquis & Company
Chicago 1914.

Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies

NAVIGATION
Wayne County, Michigan Biographies

Michigan
Biographies

Online
Biographies

Michigan
Histories

Ohio
Histories

New York
Histories

Pennsylvania
Histories

For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012