Biography of Henry M. Farmsworth
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

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 1906.

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 business.

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 Masons.

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

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