Biography of Charles A. Otis
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

CHARLES A. OTIS is a representative of the third generation of the Otis family in Cleveland, and in his splendid achievement in connection with large and varied business interests and with civic affairs he has well upheld the prestige of the family name. He is proprietor and publisher of the Cleveland News, and has other large and important financial and business interests in his native city.

Mr. Otis was born in Cleveland July 9, 1868, a son of Charles A. Otis, Sr., and a grandson of William A. Otis, both of whom write their names large in the record of Cleveland civic and material progress. In 1890 Mr. Otis was graduated in Yale University, with the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy, and thereafter he took a course in the law school of Columbia University. For three years he was identified with the cattle business in the West, and upon his return to Cleveland he became one of the organizers of the firm of Otis, Hough & Company, in 1895, this concern entering the iron and steel brokerage business. In 1898 he became one of the organizers of the firm of Otis & Hough, bankers and brokers, and this firm played a prominent part in the establishing of the Cleveland Stock Exchange. The firm has long controlled a large and important business of wide ratifications. Mr. Otis has been identified also with the steel industry, as senior member of Otis, Bonnell & Company; and his further connections have included his alliance with the Lenox Realty Company, the Tavistock Building Company, the Cuyahoga Company, the Citizens Savings & Trust Company, the National Commercial Bank, the Standard Sewing Machine Company, the Bankers Surety Company and the American Lumber Company. In 1910 he became president of the Cuyahoga Telephone Company.

After having been for several years president of the Finance Publishing Company, Mr. Otis, in 1905, initiated his connection with daily-newspaper enterprise in his native city. He first purchased the Cleveland World, and evening paper, and soon consolidated therewith the evening editions of two other local papers, under the title of the Cleveland News, which thus became the only afternoon paper in the City. Mr. Otis has made the News a power in the local field and it is one of the leading newspapers of the Buckeye State.

Near Willoughby, Ohio, Mr. Otis owns the fine rural estate known as Tannenbauni Farm, and he takes deep interest in the management of this splendid property. He has membership in the Gentlemen's Driving Club, the Forest City Fair & Live Stock Association, the Cleveland Fanciers Club, and the Union, Tavern, Hermit, Roadside, Euclid Country, Cleveland Athletic, Cleveland Automobile, University and Mayfield clubs of his home state, as well as the Lambs, University and St. Anthony clubs in New York City. He has given loyal and effective service as president of the Babies Dispensary & Hospital of Cleveland.

Mr. Otis married Miss Lucia R., a daughter of the late Col. William Edwards, of Cleveland.

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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