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
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Biographies
Names A to G
Names H to P
Names Q to Z
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