Biography of George H. Worthington
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

GEORGE H. WORTHINGTON was born in Toronto, Canada, February 13, 1850, and there he was reared and educated, his training having included a course in a commercial college. He was thereafter employed in a wholesale grocery establishment, and he next became associated with the business of his father, who was then engaged as a contractor in railroad construction in the State of New York. He assumed much of the management of this contract business and in the same made a splendid record before he was twenty one years of age. Upon coming to Ohio he entered the employ of Worthington & Son, a firm composed of his father and an elder brother, and conducting a stone quarry at Brownhelm. He was admitted to the firm a year later, and after the death of his father, in 1873, he and his brother continued the business, which later was carried forward under the title of the Cleveland Stone Company. Mr. Worthington was one of the organizers of the Beeman Chemical Company, and since the same was merged into the great American Chicle Company he has been president of the latter corporation, the world's largest manufacturers of chewing gum. Mr. Worthington is president of the Union National Bank of Cleveland; the American Dynalite Company, of Cleveland; the Underwriters Land Company , of Missouri; the Cleveland Stone Company, the Perry Mathews Buskirk Stone Company; and the Bedford Stone Railway Company, of Indiana. He is a director in a number of other important industrial and financial corporations, and is interested in zinc and lead mining in Missouri. He has gained for himself a place among the representative captains of industry in America, and is one of the loyal, progressive and liberal citizens of the Ohio metropolis. He has been honored with the office of commodore of the Cleveland Yacht Club, and is an enthusiastic yachtsman. He is identified with other leading clubs of Cleveland and also with the New York Yacht Club. In the Masonic fraternity he has received the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite. In 1878 was solemnized the tharriage of Mr. Worthington to Mrs. Hannah L. Weaver. Mr. Worthington is a son of the late John Worthington, who became a prominent railroad contractor and had other large business interests, he having erected the Union depot that long gave service to railroads entering Cleveland.

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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