Biography of Perry D. Caldwell
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

PERRY DEFORD CALDWELL. An educator in his earlier years, Perry DeFord Caldwell since 1911 has been one of the capable members of the Cleveland bar, handling an extensive practice in corporation and real estate law. He is senior member of the law firm of Caldwell, Suhr and Prasse, with offices in the Union Trust Building.

Mr. Caldwell was born on a farm in Columbiana County, Ohio, March 10, 1879, son of William and Hortense (DeFord) Caldwell. His grandfather, William Caldwell, a native of Ireland and of Scotch-Irish ancestry, was an early settler in Columbiana County, buying the land and building a solid brick residence which is still standing in good condition and which was the birthplace of his son William and also of his grandson Perry. William Caldwell, father of the Cleveland attorney, was born at the old homestead in Columbiana County in 1850, and, like his father, devoted his active years to agriculture. He died in 1914, and is survived by his widow, now sixty six years of age. She, Hortense DeFord, was born in Carroll County, Ohio, daughter of John DeFord, a native of Pennsylvania and of French descent.

Perry D. Caldwell lived through the years of his boyhood at the home farm. After the public schools he attended Mount Union College, taking the normal course and graduating in 1898. Then for several years he was a teacher in Ohio schools, following which he entered Adelbert College of Western Reserve University, graduating in the classical course with the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1909. He continued his work in the law department of Western Reserve University, taking his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1911. Admitted to the Ohio bar, he began practice the same year. He was alone in his professional work until 1914, when he formed a partnership with Ford W. Brunner and D C. Van Buren under the title Caldwell, Brunner and Van Buren. Mr. Brunner died in 1921 and Mr. Van Buren retired in 1924, at which time Mr. Caldwell formed his present partnership of Caldwell, Suhr and Prasse, specializing in corporation and real estate law. Mr. Caldwell is attorney for and director of a number of corporations.

For several years he has been much interested in civic affairs at Cleveland. He served as a member of the Cleveland City Council, representing the Nineteenth Ward, during the years 1918, 1919, 1920 and 1921. He was chairman of the committee on public utilities and a member of the finance and judiciary committees. He belongs to the Cleveland Bar Association, the college fraternities Sigma Nu and Phi Alpha Delta, the City and Tippecanoe Clubs and the Knights of Pythias.

Mr. Caldwell married, March 6, 1920, Miss Maybelle F. Pipes. They have one son, William DeFord Caldwell, born in March, 1921.

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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