Biography of Robert Wallace
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

ROBERT WALLACE was born in Ireland May 17, 1834, and was twenty years of age when he came to the United States and crossed the continent to California, where he remained several months. He then came to Cleveland, and here he became a power in the shipbuilding industry and in connection with navigation interests on the Great Lakes. He was one of the founders of the American Shipbuilding Company, was the first president of the Cleveland Shipbuilding Company and was one of the organizers of the Globe Iron Works, both of which corporations became a part of the American Shipbuilding Company, in 1899. Mr. Wallace became president of the last mentioned corporation and was its chief executive until about seven years prior to his death, he having been retained as a member of the board of directors after his retirement from the presidency. It was due to the enterprise of Mr. Wallace that mechanical power was first used in the unloading of cargoes of lake vessels entering the port of Cleveland, and he was the first to bring about the building of all steel vessels in Cleveland. He became a director of a number of banking institutions, was a zealous member of the First Congregational Church, was long and prominently identified with the Masonic fraternity, in which he received the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite, and he was a citizen who ever commanded unqualified popular confidence and esteem. His death occurred March 6, 1911, his wife surviving him by a few years. He was survived also by three sons and two daughters.

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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