Biography of George H. Chandler
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GEORGE H. CHANDLER was an Englishman by birth, and during the forty years before his death his name was associated with some most satisfying achievements in commercial life, and particularly with a scope of service in the religious and moral activities of his home city. No one of the citizens of his generation is held in more kindly remembrance. He was thoroughly good, and his character was beyond reproach.

He was born in Bristol, England, May 6, 1835, was reared and educated in his native country, and on reaching his twenty second year, crossed the ocean to America, and at Cleveland entered the service of his uncle, Charles Chandler, a very prosperous commission merchant of that day. He gave about fifteen years to the work of his uncle's establishment, and in 1870 started a business of his own, with which his name was closely identified for a period of a quarter of a century. He and a partner established the retail grocery business of Chandler and Rudd, and subsequently the Chandler and Rudd Grocery Company became one of the most successful and prosperous establishments of the kind in the City of Cleveland. Mr. Chandler in 1894, after having given more than thirty five years to business, sold his interest and retired from the company. There remained sixteen years of his life to enjoy the rewards of his business prosperity and round out his long and faithful service to his church and community. He died December 9, 1910. On December 31, 1869, he had become a member of the Cleveland Baptist Church at Euclid and East Eighteenth Street. His service to this church was one of unexampled fidelity for more than forty years, until his death. He became one of its most conspicuous members, served as deacon for many years, and sincerely accepted the many opportunities to do good, not only within the church, but to the various causes it supported, and it was one of his supreme pleasures to support every pastor who came to the church, and he has also held numerous offices in the organization. It was said of him: "We have never seen him when he was out of patience, and have never heard him speak an unkind word about anyone." He made it a special point to visit the sick and the aged, and administer to their wants if circumstances required and demanded. Anybody in need of a true friend found one in him, one that could be depended upon at all times. He did not confine his devotion to his own church, but human welfare was one of his chief objects throughDut his entire career. He was a deep student of the Baptist ritual, and an able worker in behalf of the prosperity of the Baptist Association. When the City Mission Society undertook the construction of five or six mission churches he served as chairman of its building committee, and the eventual success of this ambitious undertaking was largely due to his good business judgment and his persistent efforts as chairman of the committee. The buildings that they erected stand as a thonument to his religious devotion and love for humanity. He served as deacon, trustee, chairman of the Fellowship Fund, president of the Board of Trustees, chairman of the House Committee.

It was well said after his death that "There is no one among us who can fill Mr. Chandler's place." At the time of his death he was an honorary deacon for life. A paragraph of the resolutions passed by his fellow members has an appropriate place: "Resolved, that the members of the Euclid Avenue Baptist Church do hereby express the deep personal sorrow felt by each and every member at parting with someone who has been so true a friend, so wise a counsellor, so Christian a gentleman, and whose faithful stewardship will meet the reward it so justly deserves."

George H. Chandler, on February 14, 1864, while on a trip to the old country, married Miss Annie Newcombe. To their marriage the following children were born: Frances, who became the bride of Charles W. Baker, of New York; George Newcombe; Jessie, who became the wife of Samuel Chandler, of New York; Percival, who died in 1889 at the age of twenty years; and Dorothea, who lives in Cleveland.

George N. Chandler, son of the late George H. Chandler, has had a career that has made him a prominent factor in the business life of Cleveland. He was born in that city, and has had a varied program of business responsibilties and interests. He married in 1892 Miss Laura Gertrude Rust, daughter of John F. Rust, of Cleveland. The children born to them are Katherine, who became the wife of Kenneth B. Wick; Marietta, who married Williard F. Walker; and John Rust.

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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