Biography of Orr B. Bovard
Lucas County, OH Biographies

One of the chief manufacturing enterprises of Toledo is that of the Pinkerton Tobacco Company, of which Orr B. Bovard is president and sales manager, and the fact that he has been selected for these important positions is proof of his enterprise and business acumen. He was born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, September 22, 1866, and his parents, James C. and Mary (Orr) Bovard, were also natives of the Keystone state, in which they spent their lives. Mr. Bovard attended the grammar schools of his native town and the high schools of Allegheny and Pittsburgh and after starting out in life independently he became connected with manufacturing interests of Pittsburgh and later of New York city. In 1909 he came to Toledo and has since been identified with the Pinkerton Company, manufacturers of the Sunshine cigarettes and other high grade brands of tobacco, for which there is a large demand. This is one of the most important industries in Toledo, five hundred employes being utilized in the operation of their factory. Mr. Bovard is serving as president and sales manager, in which connection he has instituted many well devised plans for the extension of the business, and his intelligently directed efforts have materially promoted the success of the concern.

In 1900 Mr. Bovard was united in marriage to Miss Kate Pinkerton of Zanesville, Ohio, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Pinkerton of that place, and they have become the parents of four children: Harriet, a native of. DuBois, Pennsylvania; Katherine, who was born at Zanesville, and is attending Oberlin College; John W., a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a pupil at the James Franklin school of this city; and Robert Orr, who was born in Toledo and is also attending that school.

Through his connection with the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Bovard does all in his power to promote the welfare and prosperity of the city. He is also a member of the Toledo Club, while his political support is given to the men and measures of the republican party. In his business career he has held closely to the rules which govern strict integrity and unabating industry and he brings to his various duties in life a keen mind and a broad intelligence, which are the basis of his success.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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