Biography of James W. Conger
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JAMES W. CONGER was long numbered among the substantial citizens and representative business men of Cleveland, and here was president and treasurer of the Auld & Conger Company, manufacturers of and dealers in roofing, slates, grates, mantels and tiles. He continued to be identified with business and civic affairs in Cleveland until the time of his death.

Mr. Conger was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, August 6, 1845, and was seven years of age when he was taken into the home of his maternal grandfather, Archibald Auld, a farmer in Morrow County, Ohio, the father of Mr. Conger having died about one year previously. When the Civil war came, Mr. Conger, at the age of sixteen years, enlisted in 1861, as a member of Company B, Forty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and he continued in active service until the close of the war, with honorable discharge in July, 1865.

After the war Mr. Conger completed a course in a business college at Columbus, Ohio, and in 1867 he was associated in establishing the first steam brick manufactory in the capital city. In 1870 he there formed a partnership with his cousin David Auld, in the general contracting business, the firm having erected many important buildings and finally having turned attention to me roofing business, in connection with brick manufacturing at Steubenville. In 1873 the business was removed to Cleveland, and here was developed an industrial and commercial enterprise of great scope, the concern having slate quarries in Pennsylvania and also quarries in Vermont, with precedence as one of the largest of slate roofing producers in the country. Mr. Conger became also a director of the American Sea Green Slate Company, vice president and treasurer of the Bangor Building Company, and president and treasurer of the Aulcon Building Company. He was a trustee of the Cleveland Medical College, was a member of the local chamber of commerce and also the Builders Exchange, was one of the organizers of the Colonial Club, was affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and the Grand Army of the Republic, and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was a presidential elector on the McKinley-Roosevelt ticket, was a stalwart republican, but never sought political office.

In 1869 Mr. Conger wedded Miss Anna M. Higgins, and they became the parents of two sons and one daughter.

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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