Biography of Thomas J. Carlin
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

THOMAS JOSEPH CARLIN, who for the past twenty years has been in the paint and varnish business, is a native of Cleveland, and his varied interests and activities make him one of the substantial men of the city.

He was born in Cleveland August 15, 1863, son of Eugene and Mary (Osborne) Carlin. His father was born in Ireland in 1823, and as a young man came to the United States and to Cleveland. In St. John's Cathedral at Cleveland he married Mary Osborne, also a native of Ireland, who came to this country when a young woman. Their marriage ceremony was performed by the late Bishop Rapp. Eugene Carlin for many years followed the trade of iron moulder. He died here in 1905 and his wife in 1895. The deed to their old home at 1511 Oregon Avenue, dated in 1859, is still carefully preserved in the family. There were four children: Maggie, wife of A. C. Bard, now a resident of Los Angeles, California; Thomas J.; Rose, wife of Terrence Gilbride, an accountant with the New York Central Railway; and Nellie, wife of John Mack, buyer for the William Taylor & Sons Company of Cleveland.

Thomas J. Carlin was an honor graduate of St. John's parochial school, and in 1876, at the age of thirteen, began an apprenticeship in the mechanical department of the New York Central Railway. To fit him for further promotion he also attended a drafting school two years and took up the study of mechanical engineering, receiving high marks in all his engineering courses. Mr. Carlin followed the machinist's trade until 189?. In that year, during the administration of Mayor Rose, he became a member of the police department, and was identified with that branch of the city government twelve years. Six years of this time he was on detailed special work.

On leaving the police department in 1904 Mr. Carlin became a traveling salesman for a paint and varnish house. While still with that house in 1917 he made a record in competition with 131 other salesmen of the company, giving him the first prize offered by the company, seventyfive dollars. In the contest he led his nearest competitor by thirty three points. Mr. Carlin is now associated with the Standard Paint & Lead Works of Cleveland. He is a stockholder in several banks and saving and loan companies.

Mr. Carlin enjoys a large friendship and membership in some of the leading clubs of the city. He is a director of the Tippecanoe Club, has been a delegate to the League of Republican Clubs, has served as director and vice president of the Western Reserve Club, and is a member of St. John's Cathedral Parish. Over a long period of years he has devoted much of his leisure to the study of good literature, and is thoroughly well informed on current events. While a republican, he has never consented to be a candidate for office of any kind.

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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