Biography of Hon. Henry A. Tilden
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

HON. HENRY A. TILDEN has been a member of the Cleveland bar for thirty years, giving to his clients the benefit of his thorough training and strong natural gift as a lawyer.

Mr. Tilden was born at Olmsted Falls, Cuyahoga County, the son of Henry O. Tilden, a native of New York State, and of English ancestors. His father coming to Ohio about 1857, settled in Cuyahoga County, where in addition to farming he practiced his profession as veterinary surgeon. His wife was Miss Northrup, a daughter of Dr. Charles Northrup, who graduated from the medical department of Adelbert College, then at Hudson, but since a part of the Western Reserve University. He graduated in medicine in 1844, and 'practiced many years in Cuyahoga County.

Dr. Charles Northrup married Julia Carter, daughter of a distinguished pioneer of Cleveland, Lorenzo Carter. Henry A. Tilden, therefore, is a great grandson of this frontier man whose life enters prominently into every historical chronicle of the founding and early days of Cleveland.

Lorenzo Carter was born in Rutland, Vermont, acquired a good education, learned surveying and was also a millwright by trade. As a young man he explored much of the northwestern countries, and on one trip crossed the Ohio River at Cartersville, Kentucky. Daniel Boone commissioned him to build a flour mill, this being one of the first mills in the Ohio Valley. After completing this work Lorenzo Carter pushed on through the wilderness to the Mississippi, thence to the shores of Lake Superior, and was in Canada. late in 1796. In May, 1797, he arrived in Cleveland. In 1804 he was elected to office in the State Militia, and thereafter was known generally as Major Carter. He is described as more than six feet tall, of swarthy complexion, with long black hair and the muscular power of a giant. He was brave to the edge of daring, but amiable in temper and spirit. He had unbounded influence with the Indians, who believed that he bore a charmed life and could not be killed. According to Howe's history, during the summer and fall of 1798 nearly every person in the community was ill. Major Carter, though himself suffering from fever and ague, was able to employ his trusty hounds and his skill as a hunter to supply sufficient venison and other wild meats so that the sufferers did not starve. Major Carter died in 1811, when forty seven years of age. At the time of his death he was said to have possessed about 4,000 acres of land in Cuyahoga County. He had several men in his employ. One morning, when breakfast was called, a young man was found to be missing, and Major Carter at once started away in the direction he was said to have taken, and overtaking the employe, ordered him to return. On reaching home he told the man to go in and eat breakfast, and afterward called him out and said: "I owe you some money and here it is. Take it and go your way. Remember, no man will leave my employ until he has received his pay." Many other curious stories are told in pioneer reminiscences concerning Major Carter. His wife was Rebecca Hawley, who died October 18, 1827, at the age of sixty one.

When Henry A. Tilden was a small child both his parents died, and he lived with his maternal grandparents. His grandmother told him many of the incidents of early days in and around Cleveland. On her death bed she exacted a promise from him that he would never use intoxicating liquors, and Mr. Tilden has kept his promise faithfully, never having used liquor or tobacco in any form. He acquired his education in the public schools of Olmsted Falls and the Cleveland High School. He began the study of law in the office of Judge Noble, and also attended the University of Michigan. He was admitted to the bar in 1894, and since then has carried on a general practice in Cleveland, his offices being located in the Arcade. He has manifested a commendable interest in public affairs, and in 1900 was elected a member of the State Legislature on the republican ticket. In 1901 he married Ann Wetzel, a native of Cleveland and daughter of John and Adaline Wetzel. They have one son, Burton T., a graduate of the Glenville High School, who continued his education at the University of Chicago and is now connected with the firm of Hill, Joiner & Company, Chicago.

Henry A. Tilden is a member of Halcyon Lodge, Masons, Hollywood Commander, Knights Templar, and a member of the Second Presbyterian Church.

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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