WILLIAM H. WARNER, senior member of W. H. Warner & Company, coal and coke operators, is one of the oldest
operators in Ohio. His splendid business organization has been perfected through more than a half century of personal
experience and study. His company operates about twenty mines in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, with daily capacity
of over 20,000 tons.
Mr. Warner's father, Jonathan Warner, was a distinguished pioneer in the iron and steel industry of Ohio. A bronze
bust of Jonathan Warner in the McKinley Memorial at Niles contains the following inscription: "Pioneer in
the Lake Superior Ore Region and the Mahoning Valley in the development of iron ore and early manufacture of pig
iron. A worthy Christian gentleman."
Jonathan Warner was born at Oaks Corner, New York, February 8, 1808. and died at Youngstown April 18, 1895. He
came to Youngstown in 1840, driving from Sodus in Wayne County, New York, to Buffalo, and traveling thence by lake
and canal. For a time he was a merchant at Youngstown. He was a partner in the construction and operation of the
first bituminous coal furnace in Ohio. This furnace, the Eagle at Brier Hill, was erected about 1846. Later he
erected two other furnaces at Mineral Ridge. It was at one of these old Mineral Ridge stacks that Jonathan Warner
first successfully produced the grade of iron known as "American Scotch." making it principally from
black band ore mined there.
The far reaching activities of Jonathan Warner extended to. the development of the Lake Superior ore region, on
which now depends almost the entire iron and steel industry of the United States. Mr. Warner was one of the first
to foresee the tremendous development of the demand for iron and steel, and realized the limited supply available
in this locality. He developed the Republic Mine in the late '60s. which soon became one of the largest producing
mines and is still producing. He was one of the first to make shipment down the lakes. His efforts to enlist capital
in the opening of the Lake Superior region met with many difficulties, but he persisted, and was rewarded before
his death in seeing many of the northern ranges shipping ore down the lakes and supplying every furnace between
the Alleghany Mountains and the Mississippi River.
Jonathan Warner was the progenitor of the Warner family whose members have been conspicuous in the iron and steel
and coal industries of Mahoning Valley for three generations. He married Eliza Landon, and one of their five children
is William H. Warner of Cleveland, who was born at Youngstown, October 12, 1849.
W. H. Warner was reared at Youngstown, attended public schools there, and finished his education in the old Western
Reserve College at Hudson, Ohio. His father operated furnaces and coal mines at Mineral Ridge, Ohio, and it was
in this way that William H. Warner became permanently interested in the coal business. His experience as a coal
operator runs back fifty four years. In 1877 he moved from Mineral Ridge to Cleveland, and has since been in the
wholesale coal business in this city. However, after two years in Cleveland he returned to Mineral Ridge, but in
1893 settled permanently at Cleveland.
Mr. Warner cast his first presidential vote for General Grant, and for many years has been an elder in the Calvary
Presbyterian Church of Cleveland. In 1875 he married Miss Elizabeth Whitney. Their two sons, Whitney and Hoyt Landon,
are both associated with their father in the firm of W. H. Warner & Company.
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
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