Biography of Senator Lawrence G. Collister
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

SENATOR LAWRENCE GILL COLLISTER, lawyer, banker, business man and state senator, is one of the leaders in affairs in the city of Cleveland, especially on the South Side, in which district he was born and reared, the locality having at that time constituted the Village of Brooklyn.

Here Mr. Collister was born on the 4th of October, 1893, a son of Caesar C. and Ellen (Gill) Collister, both natives of the Isle. of Man, England, where the former was born in 1843 and the latter in 1845. The parents were reared on their native island and there their marriage was solemnized. Shortly after the dose of the Civil war they came to the United States and established their home in what is now the south side of Cleveland. Here the father was for many years engaged in business, and here his death occurred in 1910, his widow being still a resident of Cleveland. Caesar C. Collister was a member of Brooklyn Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Glenn Lodge of Odd Fellows and of the Pearl Street Methodist Episcopal Church, in which his widow still retains membership.

Lawrence G. Collister was reared in Brooklyn Village and has been identified with this part of the City of Cleveland all his life. He was graduated from the high school as a member of the class of 1912, and for a period of about four years he traveled out from New York City on sales promotion work. In this connection he covered thirty states and also Mexico. He next completed a course in the law department of the University of West Virginia, thereafter attended the Cleveland Law School three years, and in 1920 he was graduated from the Baldwin-Wallace Law School, Berea, Ohio, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Laws; he also holds the degree of Master of Laws from the Ohio Northern University. He was admitted to the bar of his native state, and has since continued in the successful practice of his profession as one of the representative younger members of the Cleveland bar. He is a member of the law firm CoUlster, Lemon and Brueckner, 233 Old Arcade. He also maintains offices at the corner of Clark Avenue and West Twenty fifth Street.

In the World war period Mr. Collister served as secretary of the Cleveland Ordnance District Board, this district embracing the entire State of Ohio, and later he was commissioned a first lieutenant in the chemical warfare service, with which he continued his active connection until the close of the war. He was then appointed a member of the Cleveland Salvage Board, with which he continued his service until the latter part of the year 1919. During recent years Mr. Collister has served as president of the Community Publishing Company, publishers of the South end News and other community newspapers and the weekly newspapers.

Mr. Collister is specially active in civic and political affairs in his native city and county. In his first try for public office he was elected state senator in 1922, on the republican ticket, to represent the Twenty fifth District, having been elected by a splendid plurality.

Mr. Collister has been most loyal in supporting measures and enterprises tending to advance the interests of his native city. He is vice president of the Lincoln Savings & Loan Company; vice president of the County Mortgage Company; a director of the Harvard Savings & Loan Company; president of Old Chippewa, Inc. president of the Clean Play Company; president of the Business Site Leasehold Company; president of the Garden Acres Company; secretary of the State Mortgage Company; director of the Chippewa Lake Park Company; president of the West Twenty fifth Street Business Men's Association; a director of the Southwestern Civic & Business Men's Association; and a member of the Cleveland Industrial Association; Delta Theta Phi law fraternity, member of the Executive Committee, 1924, National Republican Committee in Cleveland.

Mr. Collister is a member of the Cleveland Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Association. In the Masonic fraternity he is a charter member of Elbrook Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and is affiliated with Cleveland Chapter, Royal Arch Masons.; Cleveland Council, Royal and Select Masters; Oriental Commandery, Knights Templar; Al Koran Temple of the Mystic Shrine; Cleveland Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite, in which he has received the thirty second degree; and the Masonic organization known as the Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He is affiliated also with the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, is a member of Lake Erie Post of the American Legion, and holds membership in the Cleveland Yacht Club, the Cleveland Automobile Club and the Old Century Club. He and his wife are members of the Pearl Street Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Collister wedded Miss Biela M. Chabek, who likewise was born and reared in Cleveland and who is a daughter of John D. Chabek. The city home of Mr. and Mrs. Collister is at 1407 Mentor Avenue, and their summer home is at Bay Village, on the west shore of Lake Erie.

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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