Biography of Horace Kelley
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HORACE KELLEY was a native son of Cleveland, a member of one of the representative pioneer families of this city, and the citizens of the Ohio metropolis owe to his memory au enduring tribute of honor and appreciation, especially by reason of liberality and civic loyalty that found expression when he gave the major part of his fortune for the erection and maintenance of the city's magnificent museum of art. Nearly all of his fortune, estimated as more than $600,000, Horace Kelley left to trustees for the purpose of founding in Cleveland a museum of art. This sum, together with subsequent accumulations, was combined with funds given by the late John Huntington, and made it possible to found in Cleveland a museum of art that is today one of the chief objects of local civic pride.

Horace Kelley was born in Cleveland July 18, 1819. and here his death occurred December 4. 1890. He was a son of Joseph R. and Betsey (Gould) Kelley, and a grandson of Judge Daniel Kelley, one of the honored and influential pioneer citizens of Cleveland. Mr. Kelley gave the greater part of his time and attention to the management of extensive properties, including lands in the heart of Cleveland and also on what is now known as North Bass Island. One of the wealthy men of Cleveland, he used his resources not only in his benefactions to his native city but also in broadening his intellectual horizon through extended foreign travel. He married Fanny Miles, of Elyria, Ohio. and she survived him, no children having been born of their union.


From:
A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
Publishers:
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924


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