Biography of William A. Brigham
Lucas County, OH Biographies

William A. Brigham, first vice president of the Home Savings Bank of Toledo and long active and prominent in the commercial and financial circles of the city, was born in Toledo on the 21st of September, 1853, and is a son of Mayor and Malinda P. (Merrell) Brigham, who are mentioned at length on another page of this work. The family has been associated with the city from early pioneer times and for almost threescore years and ten William A. Brigham has been a witness of the development and progress that has transformed Toledo from a little village into one of the great commercially and cosmopolitan centers of the middle west. He pursued his studies in the public schools to the age of fifteen years, when, feeling a desire to enter upon a gainful occupation, he obtained employment with N. M. Howard & Company, grain merchants, remaining with that firm for two years. He was afterward in the employ of Cray & Rood and later became chief bookkeeper in the wholesale grocery house of Emerson & Company, with which he was associated for eight years. On the expiration of that period he became connected with the Woolson Spice Company and bent every energy toward the further development and upbuilding of the business, of which he became vice president and finally president. His labors were a forceful element in making this one of the largest coffee roasting houses in the United States and one of the most important shipping firms in Toledo. This business was incorporated in 1882, at which time Mr. Brigham was elected to the first board of directors and was made chairman of the examining committee, which position he filled until 1885. In that year he entered more actively into the business managements of the company as secretary and assistant manager and this position he occupied until 1897, when he was elected general manager. After two years' service in that connection he left the business in smooth working order, with the details systematically arranged, and decided to retire, but in June, 1909, he resumed an advisory connection with the company as vice president and director. Some years ago he became a director of the Home Savings Bank and a member of its executive committee and he is today the first vice president of that institution, so that his name has long been a familiar one in both commercial and financial circles. His indefatigable energy has declined no call to labor or service until in recent years, when he felt that his intense activity of former years entitled him to a period of relative rest; to a considerable degree, therefore, he has put aside active business affairs.

On the 22d of September, 1875, Mr. Brigham was married to Miss Cobra Frances Steele, a lady of liberal education and inherent culture and refinement. They have two daughters: Cora Steele, who is the wife of Truman H. Mitchell; and Bessie, the wife of James C. Anderson, both daughters being residents of Toledo.

Mr. Brigham, has given his political allegiance to the republican party since casting his first presidential vote and has ever kept well informed on the questions and issues of the day, supporting his position by intelligent argument. His opinions are based upon a thorough understanding of the question at issue, derived from close study of all points which he deems essential to national existence and to public welfare. In former years he was identified with a number of the leading dubs of Toledo but has retired from active connection with all except the Toledo Club. He has always been known as a man 'of unfailing courtesy and of most kindly spirit, capable and resourceful in business, loyal in citizenship and actuated by a progressive spirit in every relation of life.

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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