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.
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
Wayne County, Michigan Biographies
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