Biography of Edward C. McKay
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

EDWARD CREIGHTON MCKAY has significantly demonstrated in his achievement as a progressive man of affairs and civic loyalty, it having been a matter of special satisfaction to him that he has been able to contribute through his activities to the general advancement of his home city of Cleveland, where he is prominently concerned with real estate operations and has other business interests and alliances of important order.

Mr. McKay was born in Cleveland, November 19, 1876, and is a son of Col. George Alexander McKay and Margaret Adam (Creech) McKay, the latter a daughter of James and Mary (Rome) Creech. The lineage on the maternal side is traced back to the Earl of Douglass, in Scotland, and on the paternal side to Baron Rea. Sir Poulkney Markham, admiral of the British fleet that took Napoleon to his exile on the Island of St. Helena, was a first cousin of Mrs. Mary (Rome) Creech, maternal grandmother of the subject of this review. In Mr. McKay's father's family there were produced six lieutenants general in the Napoleonic wars.

Col. George Alexander McKay was a gallant soldier of the Union in the Civil war, was in the very thick of the fray in numerous major battles, was nine times wounded, each wound having been attended with the shattering of bones, and in dispatches and other official mediums he was repeatedly mentioned for conspicuous bravery and meritorious services. He was captain of his company in the Seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and in later years his continued interest in military affairs was signalized in his effective service as colonel of the Fifteenth Infantry Regiment of the Ohio National Guard, besides which he was an honored and influential member of the Grand Army of the Republic and Loyal Legion.

In the public schools of Cleveland Edward C. McKay continued his studies until his graduation from the Central High School, as a member of the class of 1895. His loyal stewardship in connection with civic and business interests in his native city has since been shown in his service as chief clerk of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, as assistant trust officer of the American Trust Company, as auditor for the Carnegie Steel Company and Steel Corporation, as secretary and treasurer of the Ohio Rubber Company, and as president of the Republic Belting Company. As a prominent representative of the real estate business he has been treasurer and chairman of the board of trustees of the Cleveland Real Estate Board, and has served as a member of the appraisal committee of this organization for the past three years. He was actively concerned in the buying and leasing of millions of dollars' worth of property for the new Union Depot that is being erected in the Ohio metropolis by the Cleveland Union Terminals Company. As a representative of the local real estate board he was general chairman of its convention committee that had charge of the 1923 convention of the National Association of Real Estate Boards held in Cleveland. Mr. McKay has served also as a member of the taxation committee of the Cleveland Real Estate Board, also on similar committees of the Ohio Association of Real Estate Boards and the National Association of Real Estate Boards. He holds veteran membership in the Cleveland Gatling Gun Battery and the Ohio Naval Reserve, and also served as clerk of the military committee of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce during the Spanish American war. He has previously held membership in five of the leading clubs in Cleveland, including the Union Club, but he has now severed his active affiliation with each of these.

The political allegiance of Mr. McKay is given to the republican party. and in this connection it may be noted that he has given a statement of his views in one important matter, that is, he expresses himself as being "in favor of entering the League of Nations, on our own terms, by means of a resolution of interpretations that might be considered a second declaration of independence and intentions." He and his wife hold membership in the Presbyterian Church, their affiliation being with the Church of the Covenant in their home city.

On the 20th of June, 1895, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. McKay and Miss Louise Patten, daughter of George D. and Louisa Patten, of Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey. Mr. George D. Patten served as cashier in the historic banking house of Jay Cook at Washington, D. C., during the progress of the Civil war. Mrs. McKay is eligible for membership in the society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and her brother has similar eligibility in connection with every one of the leading Colonial societies of the nation, including those of military order. Mr. and Mrs. McKay have two daughters, Margaret and Louise.

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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