Biography of Fred F. Klingman
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

FRED F. KLINGMAN. Measured by long continued success and substantial position in business and professional affairs, Fred F Klingman is one of the outstanding lawyers and business men of Cleveland. He has practiced law nearly thirty years, and is a leader in many affairs outside his profession.

He was born on what is now East Twelfth Street in Cleveland, November 29, 1866, son of Jacob and Minnie (Finn) Klingman. Jacob Klingman was born in 1839, and was about ten years of age when his parents came from Germany, as a result of the revolution in that country. The Klingmans located at Cleveland, and later moved to Brooklyn Village. Jacob Klingman during his active years was in the railroad service. He died in 1905. He is survived by Mrs. Minnie Klingman, who was born in 1839, and was also ten years of age when her father, John Finn, brought his family from Germany in 1849 and located at Cleveland.

Fred F. Klingman has spent all his life in Cleveland. As a boy he attended the old Brownell Street Public School, graduated from high school, and then took up railroad work. He followed railroading for eleven years, and for several years of that time employed all his leisure in the study of law. He was admitted to the bar in 1894, and in the same year began practice. He has had a steadily growing volume of important legal business, and while not a seeker for public honors, he has performed with credit his duties in several capacities. He was assistant prosecuting attorney of Cuyahoga County, and was a member of the Council of Brooklyn Village during the administration of Mayor William R. Coates. When Brooklyn was annexed he became a member of the Cleveland City Council to represent the Sixth Ward.

Mr. Klingman is not only a lawyer, but a banker, manufacturer and railroad man. He is president of the Cleveland, Alliance & Mahoning Valley Railway Company, an important interurban line connecting Cleveland with outside districts. He is a director in the Fidelity Mortgage Company, is a member of the advisory board of the United Savings and Trust Company, is attorney for the South Side Savings and Loan Company, and is secretary of the Victor Tea Company. Mr. Klingman is a member of the Cuyahoga County Bar Association, and is affiliated with Elsworth Lodge. Free and Accepted Masons, and Hillman Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. He married Miss Hattie Jones. Mrs. Klingman is a native of Cleveland, and daughter of Thomas Jones.

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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