Biography of Samuel H. Kleinman
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

SAMUEL H. KLEINMAN, through his enterprise as a real estate man, has helped shape and mould a considerable part of the physical bulk and greatness of the modern city of Cleveland. Through his vision, foresight and ability he has built up the largest organization of its kind in the state, the S. H. Kleinman Realty Company, of which he is president.

Even as a boy he had visions of constructive development that would transform some of the outlying sections of the city and thereby greatly increase the scope of Cleveland as a residential, commercial and industrial center. While still in his twenties he began the unfolding of his plans and started the nucleus of the big business which is today the S. H. Kleinman Realty Company. He was the pioneer in developing parcels of real estate as the site for homes built for people of moderate means, and so financed as to permit a purchaser to build a home on the installment plan. It is estimated that in the past twenty years since Mr. Kleinman began business, 38,000 people have acquired their present or future homesite from his company.

Mr. Kleinman has developed seventy subdivisions, which have more than 125 miles of street frontage, more Cleveland property that any other one man or organization.

That his faith in Cleveland as a whole has been his basis for activity, rather than only one section, is emphasized by the fact that his residential and business developments are located in every section of the city and range from city homesites and suburban estates to business property of all kinds. The zenith of his aspirations was reached in the magnificent new lake shore residential community at the eastern city limits of Cleveland, surpassing anything of its kind along the shores of Lake Erie, and which owes its existence to Mr. Kleinman's energy, ability and high ideals gained through years of experience. Six million dollars is represented in this premier effort, which is known as "Utopia Beach," being one of the seventy developments. Other large developments are "Beverly Hills," on Euclid Avenue, "Traymore Estates," "Clifton Boulevard Subdivision," "Lakewood Allotment," all being located in Cleveland.

Mr. Kleinman purchased the initial tract of ground for his first real estate development twenty years ago. This tract was on the West Side, close to a country road and some distance from the built up section. He went ahead with his plans, relying on the future of Cleveland, against the advice of his friends. By his personal efforts he sold the property, it being known as Regal Park. Regal Park is today bounded by West Ninetieth, West Ninety first, West Ninety second, West Ninety third streets and Almira Avenue, while the country road is Denison Avenue.

Mr. Kleinman is a member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, the Oakwood Country Club, the Cleveland Advertising Club, the City Club, the Chamber of Industry, the Southwestern Civic Association, the Civic League, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Mortgage Association, the Euclid Avenue Association, the Cleveland Association of Building Owners and Managers and the Cleveland Bar Association, and is a member of the congregatigin of the Euclid Avenue Temple.

Mr. Kleinman's hobby is breeding fancy Holstein cattle, and he operates a large farm at Hudson, Ohio, and is a member of the Holstein Friesian Association of America.

In addition to being president of the S. H. Kleinman Realty Company, Mr. Kleinman is president of the Mortgage Syndicate Company; treasurer of the Ninth Chester Company and treasurer of the Lake Shore Land & Development Company.

Mr. Kleinman is married and has a daughter, Bertha Mae, and a son, S. Herbert Kleinman.

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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