Biography of Ebenezer H. Bourne
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

EBENEZER HENRY BOURNE was born at Wareham, Massachusetts, October 22, 1840, a scion of a distinguished New England colonial family, and he gained in his native state his youthful education, where his early business experience was in connection with a railroad company. In 1866 he came to Cleveland, and here he organized the Bourne, Damon & Knowles Manufacturing Company, for the manufacture of washers, nuts, etc. The business was incorporated in 1881 as a stock company, under the title of the Burne & Knowles Manufacturing Company, and of this great industrial corporation Mr. Bourne became the president, as did he also of the Cleveland Spring Company, another important manufacturing concern. He was president of the Union National Bank at the time of his death.

Mr. Bourne became not only one of the prominent men of affairs in Cleveland, but also gained prestige as a liberal and public spirited citizen. He served as city treasurer, was a member of leading clubs and other local organizations of business and social order, he served as president of the National Association of Spring Manufacturers, his political allegiance was given to the republican party, and his religious faith was that of the Unitarian Church.

In 1861 Mr. Bourne wedded Miss Olivia H. Norris, of Hyannis, Massachusetts, and they became the parents of four children. After the death of his first wife he, in 1902, married Miss Lucy Oliver Thatcher, of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and she survived him, his death having occurred April 24, 1908.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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