Biography of Hanry P. Dodge
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Henry P. Dodge, the president of The H. P. Dodge Engineering Company and the inventor of a number of electrical devices on which he has received patents, has in the course of an active business career risen to the heights of prominence and success in his chosen field. Born in Toledo on the 27th of December, 1871, he is a son of Frederick B. and Caroline (Perkins) Dodge, the latter a native of Newburyport, Massachusetts, while the former was born in Lyme, New Hampshire. They came to Toledo in 1861 and the father, who entered the educational field at an early age, became the principal of the first high school of this city. He gave strong impetus to the development of the school system and left the impress of his individuality and ability for all time upon the educational progress of the city. He later engaged in the practice of law and became one of Toledo's leading attorneys. His death occurred in 1893. His wife survived for a number of years, passing away in 1911. In their family were five children: Frederick H., mentioned elsewhere in this work; Georgiana W; Mrs. Thomas H Mills; Henry P.; and one who has passed away.

In the year 1889 Henry P. Dodge was graduated from the high school of Toledo and promoted his education by a course in the University of Michigan, in which he specialized in electrical engineering. He is numbered among the alumni of that institution of 1893 and with his return to his native city he entered the engineering department of the Toledo White Lime Company and since then has made steady progress in his business career, reaching a position of prominence as an electrical engineer and inventor, for he has given much time to experiments, working out his ideas, many of which have proven most effective, while his devices have gained United States patents. After a time he became manager of the Toledo White Lime Company and on leaving that position entered into active association with the engineering department of the Ohio Electric Car Company, which he organized and was its general manager until 1915. In 1915 he organized The H. P. Dodge Engineering Company, of which he is now the president and which he has developed to large proportions. This company is engaged in the manufacture of electric batteries for motor car service and battery acids. Among his most valuable inventions' is the one known as the Dodge process for hydrating lime, which revolutionized the quicklime industry. Also, a storage battery plate manufactured by a new process, which it is claimed not only improves the life of the plate, but lessens the initial cost; patents on the process being pending at the present time. Various other patents he has been granted on electrical devices which are now in general use. In addition to his electrical engineering business he is a director of the Walding, Kinnan & Marvin Company, wholesale druggists.

On the 25th of September, 1896, Mr. Dodge was married to Miss Gertrude Marvin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Marvin of Toledo, the former one of the partners in the wholesale drug concern conducted under the name of the Walding Finnan & Marvin Company. Mr. and Mrs. Dodge are parents of two children: Mrs. Carleton M. Baumgardner, whose husband is engaged in the wholesale dry goods and notions business; and Henry Marvin, now attending school.

Politically Mr. Dodge is a republican; manifesting a citizen's interest in all questions of moment yet never seeking nor desiring office as a reward for party fealty. He is prominently known in club circles, having membership in the Toledo, Toledo Yacht, Toledo Commerce, Maumee River Yacht, Toledo Tennis and Toledo Country dubs. His interest in the cultural development of the community is manifest in his connection with the Art Institute and his efforts to further the moral progress of the community find tangible expression in his membership in the Congregational church. He is a member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.

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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