Biography of Worcester R. Warner
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

WORCESTER REED WARNER was born at Cummington, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, May 16, 1846, and is a scion of sterling New England colonial stock. He received the advantages of the common schools, and as a youth served a thorough apprenticeship to the machinist's trade. From 1870 to 1880 he was foreman in the shops of the Pratt & Whitney company, Hartford, Connecticut, where also he gave attention to the study of astronomy and other scientific branches, besides experimenting in the construction of telescopes. In 1881 he and Ambrose Swasey established in Cleveland, Ohio, a modest plant for the manufacturing of machine tools, and from this has been developed the large and important industrial enterprise now conducted under the title of the Warner & Swasey Company. In 1897 the Western University of Pennsylvania conferred upon Mr. Warner the degree of Doctor of Mechanical Science. He has served as president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and as president of the Civil Engineers Club of Cleveland and the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. He has membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the British Astronomical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society, and various clubs and other social organizations. Mr. Warner is a trustee of Western Reserve University and also of the Case School of Applied Science, and is a director of leading financial institutions of Cleveland. He is a republican in political allegiance. Mr. Warner has been one of the builders of a great industrial enterprise in Cleveland, and concerning his achievement incidental mention is made on other pages, in the personal sketch of Ambrose Swasey, his associate in business.

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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