Biography of Samuel A. Raymond
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

SAMUEL A. RAYMOND. The life of the late Samuel A. Raymond covered the psalmist's span of three score years and ten, but not in mere duration did that life have its significance. A personality that was the distinct expression of a strong and loyal nature and that represented the best in ideals and traditions of culture and refinement made Mr. Raymond the true gentleman that he was, and his was the spirit that finds its best exemplification in tolerance and broad human sympathy and an intrinsic desire to contribute to the happiness and well being of others. The measure of Mr. Raymond's ability as an executive and man of affairs was indicated by his large and worthy achievement, and, all in all, he was an honored and representative Cleveland citizen to whom a tribute is consistently due in this publication.

A scion of Colonial New England ancestry, Samuel A. Raymond was born at New Britain, Connecticut, August 27, 1845, and his death occurred January 9, 1915, about seven months prior to the seventieth anniversary of his birth. He was a son of Samuel and Mary (North) Raymond, both of whom passed the closing years of their lives in Cleveland. In the year 1853 Samuel Raymond came with his family to Cleveland and here he organized the Raymond Lowe Company, which became a leading concern in the wholesale dry goods trade throughout the territory tributary to Cleveland as a distributing center.

Samuel A. Raymond, immediate subject of this memoir, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a lad of about eight years at the time of the family removal to Cleveland, and after here completing the curriculum of the public schools and also a collegiate preparatory course, he entered historic old Yale University, where he made a characteristically admirable student record and was graduated as a member of the class of 1870, his academic degree being that of Bachelor of Arts. At Yale he became affiliated with one of the leading Greek letter fraternities and also a member of the famous Wolf's Head Society of that institution.

After his graduation in Yale Mr. Raymond returned to Cleveland and here he became associated with his brother, Henry N., in continuing the wholesale dry goods business that had been founded by their father. With this business he continued his active alliance until 1878, and he then turned his attention to the real estate business, as a coadjutor of the late Amasa Stone. The operations of these two representative citizens had much to do with the advancing of metropolitan progress and material upbuilding in the Cleveland district, and after the death of Mr. Stone Mr. Raymond was selected to assume active administration 'of the latter's large estate. From that time forward until his death, the major part of his time was given to the management of this important estate, and his able and faithful service not only increased greatly in value, but also 'involved judicious exploitation of its interests in such a way as to inure in large measure to general civic and material progress in Cleveland. A man of mature judgment and exceptional executive ability, Mr. Raymond left a distinct influence in connection with business activities in his home city, the while he so ordered his life in all its relations as to merit and receive the unqualified confidence and respect of his fellow men. His civic loyalty was one of action as well as sentiment, and while he was a stalwart supporter of the cause of the republican party, his personal predilictions and his large business interests both militated against his manifesting any desire for political activity or public office. He was an honored member of the Union, the University, the Rowfant and the Hunt clubs of Cleveland, as was he also of the Cleveland Country Club. For many years he was an active and influential member of the Old Stone Church (Presbyterian), of Cleveland, and of the same he served as deacon and elder. Of this church his widow continues an earnest member.

The many fine elements in the character of Mr. Raymond found their most gracious expression in the intimacies and generous hospitality of his home, the relations of which were in every sense ideal. His devotion to his home and family was one of his dominating characteristics, and yet none was more appreciative of the amenities of social life, so that he found pleasure in extending to his many friends the cordial hospitality of his home, where he was ever assured of the gracious cooperation of his wife, the popular chatelaine of the home, in which Mrs. Raymond still remains, at 3826 Euclid Avenue, the while she still maintains also the attractive summer home of the family at Gloucester, Massachusetts.

On the 20th of January, 1875, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Raymond to Miss Emma Stone, daughter of the late Daniel and Hulda (Gleason) Stone, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a niece of the late Amasa Stone, who was one of the most prominent and influential figures in the furthering of the earlier growth and development of Cleveland.

In conclusion is entered the brief record concerning the children of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond: Mary is the wife of E. M. Williams, of Cleveland, and their five children are Hilda, Madeline, Edward P. and Mary R., and Will, deceased. Hilda is the wife of F. E. Williamson and they maintain their home with the New York Central Railroad; Henry A., who is prominently identified with business interests in Cleveland, married Miss Margaret Garretson, and they have two children, Emma and Millicent; Julia and Samuel Edward remain with their mother at the old homestead; Jonathan married Miss Pauline Pollard, of Boston, Massachusetts. and in that city they maintain their home, their children being three in number: Jonathan, Jr., Pauline and Joan.

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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