HENRY M. FARNSWORTH has practiced law as a member of the Cleveland bar forty years. One of his sons is now associated
with him in handling the extensive practice of the firm Farnsworth & Farnsworth. Outside of his profession
he has interested himself in some of the larger projects of general welfare, particularly city planning and metropolitan
park development, and has given much time and thought to movements designed to guide and chart the future development
of the city and metropolitan district surrounding.
Mr. Farnsworth was born at Nashua, New Hampshire, September 4, 1861. He is of English ancestry, and his people
lived in New England for a number of generations. His grandfather, Charles Farnsworth, was born at Washington,
New Hampshire. His father, the late Marshall H. Farnsworth, was born at Boston, Massachusetts, July 4, 1837, located
at Columbus, Ohio, in 1865, and in 1870 moved to Cleveland, where for many years he was identified with the manufacturing
interests of the city. He died in 1911. Marshall H. Farnsworth married Mary C. Danforth, a daughter of Timothy
and Mary (Taylor) Danforth. She was born at Milford, New Hampshire, February 2, 1840, and died at Cleveland in
Henry M. Farnsworth was four years of age when brought to Ohio, and has lived in Cleveland since he was nine. He
graduated from the Brooklyn High School in 1878, and for a time taught school at Royalton, Ohio. He established
and for five years published the Cuyahogan weekly newspaper. While in the newspaper business he studied law, was
admitted to the bar in 1882, and since that year has been steadily engaged in handling a growing volume of law
His home interests were for many years associated with the old Village of Brooklyn, now part of greater Cleveland.
He was one of the organizers and incorporators in 1888 of the Brooklyn Savings & Banking Company, and was secretary
and treasurer and later vice president of the company until it was absorbed by the Union Trust Company. Mr. Farnsworth
is a charter member of the Cleveland Chamber of Industry, and has served on its board of directors and executive
committee and was its president in 1911. In 1917 he was appointed president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Park
Board, and since that year has given a large part of his time to the important public duties involve in this position.
In 1916 he was also appointed a member of the City Planning Commission and continues to serve in that capacity.
He is a member of the Cleveland and Ohio State Bar associations and of Brooklyn Lodge No. 454, Free and Accepted
March 25, 1886, Mr. Farnsworth married Miss Bettie C. Brainard, daughter of the late Titus N. Brainard, one of
the prominent men in Cleveland in his days. Mr. and Mrs. Farnsworth's two sons are: Frank M., of the law firm of
Farnsworth & Farnsworth, and Brainard H., who is a student of law.
A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Biographies
Names A to G
Names H to P
Names Q to Z
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