Biography of Thomas P. Day
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Among the varied lines of business which contribute to the commercial activity and prosperity of Toledo is that of The Container Company, of which Thomas P. Day is the chief executive officer, and the present success of the enterprise is directly attributable to his progressive policy and to his carefully devised and promptly executed plans. He was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, November 23, 1883, a son of Thomas Powers and Lillie Kingston (Means) Day, who were also natives of the Keystone state. The father was a financier of marked ability and aided in organizing the Peoples National Bank of Pittsburgh, of which he was made president. He was recognized as one of the most substantial business men of the city and continued at the head of that institution until his death, which occurred in 1899, when he was forty eight years of age. Mrs. Day is now a resident of Pittsburgh. They were the parents of two children: Thomas P.; and Florence Means, who married D. Utley of Pittsburgh.

In the acquirement of an education Thomas P. Day attended Shady Side Academy at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. and later he was a student at Hotchkiss University at Lakeside. Connecticut. His initial business experience was obtained as messenger for the Peoples National Bank of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and his faithfulness and ability led to his promotion to the position of discount clerk. He remained with the bank until 1909, when he came to Toledo and entered the employ of the C. A. King Grain Company. with which he was identified until 1916, when he assisted in organizing The Container Company, of which he was made secretary. He continued to fill that office until 1919, when he was made president, treasurer and manager, and has continued to serve in those capacities. The firm engages in the manufacture of fibre pails and since its inception the business has enjoyed a steady growth, from thirty five to fifty men now being employed in the operation of the plant. Mr. Day carefully supervises every detail of the business, while he also has the ability to see clearly its larger aspects, and has been farsighted in directing the policy of the concern.

On the 4th of September, 1907, Mr. Day was married to Miss Miriam King, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank I. King of Toledo, and they have a daughter, Jane, who was born in 1909 and is attending the Smead school. When national issues are at stake Mr. Day casts his ballot in favor of the candidates of the republican party, but at local elections he votes for the man whom he deems best fitted for office, regardless of party ties. He is a member of the Toledo Commerce Club, the Rotary Club and the Toledo Country Club. His life record commands uniform respect and confidence. His ability and energy have constituted the materials with which he has constructed his success and he has never deviated from the course which the world regards as right in the relations between man and his fellowmen, adhering closely to the rules which govern strict integrity and unabating industry. In matters of citizenship he is public spirited and progressive and his cooperation can always be counted upon in support of those movements which have for their object the upbuilding and advancement of the city.

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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