Biography of Caeser A. Grasselli
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

CAESAR AUGUSTINE GRASSELLI, chairman of the board of directors of the Grasselli Chemical Company, one of the leading concerns of its kind in the United States, has done a large part in the development and upbuilding of this important manufacturing industry, of which his father, the late Eugene Grasselli, was the founder, he having been a native of the historic old City of Strasburg, Province of Alsace, France, where he was born in 1810, he having been one of the honored citizens and representative business men of Cleveland at the time of his death, in 1882.

Caeser A. Grasselli was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 7, 1850, and received his youthful education largely under the direction of his father, a man of exceptional intellectuality and high scientific attainments. In 1904 Caesar A. Grasselli received the degree of Doctor of Science from Mount St. Mary's College, Maryland. In 1885 he became president of the Grasselli Chemical Company, and he continued the executive head of this great Cleveland industrial corporation until January, 1916, since which time he has been chairman of its board of directors. He is president of the Woodland Avenue Savings & Trust Company and the Broadway Savings & Trust Company, and is a director of the Union National Bank, the Glidden Varnish Company, and the Akron & Chicago Junction Railroad. Mr. Grasselli is a member of many important scientific and civic organizations, including the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Mining Engineers, the American Institute of Banking, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the National Civic Federation, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the American Museum of Natural History (New York), and the Ohio Society of New York. In 1910 he received from King Victor Emanuel III the distinction of being made a Knight of the Order of the Golden Crown of Italy. He is a republican, a communicant of the Catholic Church, and has membership in various representative clubs in Cleveland and New York. In 1871 he married Miss Johanna Ireland, of Cincinnati, and their son, Thomas S., succeeded his father as president of the Grasselli Chemical Company.

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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