THOMAS P. DAY
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
Lucas County, Ohio Biographies
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