Biography of Henry T. Ledbetter
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Henry T. Ledbetter has devoted the greater part of his life to work in connection with public utilities, and is now serving as secretary of the Toledo Edison Electric Company a position of large responsibility - and he also figures conspicuously in transportation circles of the state. He was born in Kerens, Texas, September 18, 1884, and is a son of James Thomas and Araminta (Leggitt) Ledbetter, both natives of Illinois. In the early '80s they went to Texas, where the father engaged in farming. In 1889 they removed to Carthage, Missouri, where they resided for several years, and in 1914 they established their home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where their daughter was at that time living. Not being content to lead a life of indolence, Mr. Ledbetter became associated with his son in law in the management of apartment hotels, at which they are very successful. Mr. and Mrs. Ledbetter have two children: Henry T.; and Rose, the wife of Thomas E. Hoofnagle, of Minneapolis.

In the public schools of Carthage, Missouri, Henry T. Ledbetter acquired his education and in 1905 he entered the employ of the Pacific Coast Borax Company as a traveling salesman. At the end of a year he severed his relations with that firm and became connected with the Webb City & Carterville Gas Company, a Missouri corporation, which was absorbed by the Doherty interests in 1910. Mr. Ledbetter was next made chief clerk in the office of the Empire District Electric Company at Joplin, Missouri, later winning promotion to the position of auditor, and eventually became secretary, filling that office in Joplin until 1917. In that year he was transferred to Toledo as general auditor of what is now the Toledo Edison Company and on the 1st of November, 1918, was elected secretary of the corporation, still retaining his position as auditor. He combines a detailed knowledge of the business with administrative powers and ably discharges the responsibilities entrusted to him. Broadening the scope of his interests, Mr. Ledbetter has also become a strong factor in transportation activities and is now serving as secretary of the Toledo & Ottawa Beach & Northern Railway Company, the Toledo & Western Railway Company, the Toledo Beach Company, and the Adrian, Michigan, Street Railway Company.

At Carl Junction, Missouri, on the 13th of September, 1913, Mr. Ledbetter was united in marriage to Miss Ida Higginbotham, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Higginbotham, prominent residents of that place.

Mr. Ledbetter is a member of the National Electric Light Association, the American Electric Railway Association, the United Bookkeepers and Accountants Association and he is also connected with the Toledo Museum of Krt. He is likewise a member of the Sylvania Golf Club. the Toledo Club, and the Elks Lodge, and his political allegiance is given to the republican party. He is a man of large affairs whose constantly expanding powers have carried him into important relations and his efforts are resultant factors in whatever he undertakes.

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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