Biography of Albert H. Hawley
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

ALBERT HENRY HAWLEY has been a prominent fixture in railway labor circles for a number of years. He came to Cleveland with the removal to this city of the national headquarters of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, of which he is general secretary treasurer. His individual experience in railroading covers a period of nearly forty years.

Mr. Hawley was born at Davenport, Iowa, May 13, 1866. His early American ancestors were of Scotch English stock. His grandfather, Samuel Hawley, was a native of New York State, married Mary Satterlee, of the same state, and he and two of his brothers going west, stopped in Indiana for a time, but Samuel went on with his family to Iowa, and engaged in farming near Davenport. He died when a comparatively young man, leaving a widow and six small children. It was characteristic of the frontier customs of that day that the neighbors, after the death of the head of the family, helped his widow to care for the crops. They appeared at the Hawley farm at six o'clock and worked until dark until the grain was harvested. Mrs. Samuel Hawley died at an advanced age in West Liberty, Iowa.

Her son, James F. Hawley, was born in Indiana, in 1839, and in 1874 went back to New York State, to Port Henry, where he followed his trade as house painter and decorator until his death in December, 1885. He married Ann E. Butterfield, a native of Swanton, Vermont, daughter of Clark and Nancy Butterfield, and a member of an old and prominent f amily. Mrs. James F. Hawley died at Crown Point, New York, in 1916, at the age of seventy two.

Albert Henry Hawley was eight years of age when his parents went back to New York. He finished his common school education at Port Henry, and at the age of thirteen became an employe in a hotel at Ticonderoga. Fox six years he lived in that historic section of Northern New York and worked in hotels and at other employment in Ticonderoga, Port Henry and Whitehall.

Mr. Hawley began his railroading experience in 1885 in New York City as an employe of the Manhattan Elevated Railway Company, which at that time used steam as power for its engines. His first work was in painting the structural work of the elevated roads. For one year he was an engine wiper, for eight and one half years a fireman, and for six and one half years an engineer.

Mr. Hawley in 1901 resigned his position with the Manhattan Elevated Company to become an inspector in the service of the Interstate Commerce Commission. He was with the commission from 1901 to 1909, his duties requiring constant travel all that time. On January 1, 1909, he assumed the duties of general secretary treasurer of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen.

Since the national headquarters were removed to Cleveland his offices have been in the Guardian Building. Since May 1, 1917, he has been a resident and citizen of Lakewood.

Fifteen years ago, when Mr. Hawley took up his duties as an official of the Brotherhood, its total membership was 65,000, with financial resources of $500,000. The Brotherhood now has 118,000 members, with resources of $12,000,000. Mr. Hawley is also a trustee of the Railroad Firemen's Home at Highland Park, Illinois.

He is active in Masonry, being affiliated with Davenport Lodge No. 37, Free and Accepted Masons; Davenport Chapter No. 16, Royal Arch Mason, Knights Templar Commandery and Mohammed Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Peoria, Illinois. He is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and belongs to the Cleveland Athletic, Dover Bay Country and Lakewood Country clubs, and the Creve Coeur Club at Peoria.

Mr. Hawley married in 1896 Carrie Wilson, a native of Davenport, Iowa, daughter of William and James (Kerr) Wilson. She died in 1907. On October 10, 1909, he married Miss Mary T. Scully, of Peoria. She was born in Michigan, the daughter of Edward and Mary (Gleason) Scully. The only child by the second marriage is Jean, born January 3, 1911, at Peoria, Illinois.

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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