Biography of William G. Manning
Lucas County, OH Biographies

William G. Manning, treasurer of the Toledo Plaster Supply Company, has throughout his life been actuated by a spirit of energy and determination which. has enabled him to advance steadily, step by step in his business career until he now ranks with the men of important business interests in his adopted city. Mr, Manning is a native of Michigan, his birth having occurred in Dansville, Ingham county, on the 28th of April, 1866, his parents being William H. and Perrnillie G. (Groat) Manning. The father was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church and, while devoting his life to that holy calling, he also owned and conducted a farm.

The son pursued a public school education and afterward continued his studies in the Ferris Institute at Big Rapids, Michigan. Later he became a clerk in a dry goods store, where he remained for three years and was then advanced to the position of accountant, acting in that capacity for four years. In 1902 he came to Toledo, where he entered the employ of The Lamson Brothers Company, owners of a dry goods store, and in their establishment he acted as department manager for seven years and was in charge of their credit department for a period of six years. It will thus be seen that each change in his career has marked a forward step, bringing him a broader outlook and wider opportunities. He has improved every chance for advancement. never fearing to venture where favoring opportunity pointed out the way, and his resolute spirit and indefatigable energy have guided him to a most creditable position in the business circles of the city. He has been identified with his present line of business for four years. This was first the Toledo Pulp Piaster Company, of which he became treasurer, and with the incorporation of the business under the name of the Toledo Plaster & Supply Company he continued to act as treasurer and is still in that postion. The business is now One of substantial proportions and as an executive Mr. Manning is contributing in substantial measure to the growth and success of the undertaking. He is likewise a director of the Detroit Fire Brick Company.

On the 7th of October, 1890, Mr. Manning was married to Miss Lillian D. Cassell of Grand Rapids, Michigan. They reside at No. 2635 Parnwood avenue. They are members of the Second Church of Christ Scientist. in which he has served as a trustee and as a first reader, and he is interested in all those forces which make for the uplift of the individual and the benefit of the community at large. Moreover, his business record illustrates what can be accomplished when there is a will to dare and to do and his life history should serve to inspire and encourage others who start out in the business world as he did, without capital or special advantages, but who through individual merit and capability work their way upward, proving also that success and an honored name may be won simultaneously.

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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