Biography of Henry Tod
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

HENRY TOD. For many years the late Henry Tod stood at the head of a number of the most important business interests of Youngstown, Ohio, and he was also a man of such stering character and possessed such high civic and personal ideals, that his loss to his community was in every way a calamity. Henry Tod was born at Warren, Ohio, June 14, 1838, and died at his beautiful home at No. 152 Lincoln avenue, Youngstown, on February 20, 1905. He was the third of seven children born to his parents, David and Maria (Smith) Tod, the former Ohio's great war governor.

Gov. David Tod was born at Youngstown, Ohio, February 21, 1805, and was a son of Judge George and Sally (Isaacs) Tod, who were pioneers from Connecticut to Ohio. In 1827 David Tod was admitted to the bar at Warren, where 'he engaged in practice until 1843, when he took up his residence on a property which his father had acquired, Brier Hill Farm, near Youngstown, and which subsequently came into his possession. Often called from its peaceful shades, this property remained his chosen home when he was permitted to retire from public life, and here he died on November 23, 1868, one of the most distinguished citizens of the Commonwealth. In 1848 he was appointed minister to Brazil, by President Polk, and there he remained an honorable representative of the United Statues Government until 1853. In all his diplomatic relations with the Brazilian government, he retained the personal regard of the ruler of that country, and the confidence of the people at home.

At Warren, Ohio, on July 24, 1832, Mr. Tod was married to Maria Smith, Who was a daughter of one of the early settlers of the Western Reserve. Their children were: Charlotte, who died in 1868, was the wife of General A. V. Kautz of the United States army; John, who died at Cleveland, in 1898; Henry, who is the subject of the present biography; George, a resident of Tod Lane, a sketch of whom will be found in this volume, is president of the Brier Hill Iron and Coal Company; William, a sketch of whom will be found in this work, died April 27, 1905, one of Youngstown's most prominent men; Grace, who is the wife of Hon. George F. Arrel, a sketch of whom will also be found in this volume; and Sallie, who is a resident of Youngstown.

The late Henry Tod was but ten years old when his father became United States Miniser to Brazil, and the family accompanied him to Rio Janeiro. After a year's residence there, however, the parents decided that in the interests of the children's education on the line of making them good American citizens, of which their father was a type, the old home schools offered better advantages, and, this being the case, the mother brought them back to Youngstown.

Henry Tod continued in school at Hiram and Poland, and he was also afforded private tutors, subsequently developing into just the young man of bright intelligence and untiring industry that met with his father's hearty approval. When but 21 years of age he was made manager of the Brier Hill Iron and Coal Company. Other successful business enterprises with which he was closely concerned were: the Biwabik Mining Company, of which he was president; the Youngstown Steel Company; the Youngstown Carriage and Wagon Company; the Ohio Leather Company; the Republic Rubber Company, and many others, while his financial affiliations were: a director in the First National and the Mahoning National Banks, and for twenty nine years he was president of the Second National Bank, until it was merged with the First National Bank in May, 1904.

In 1869 Henry Tod was married first, to Dillie Pollock, who died at Pueblo, Colorado, December 28, 1878, leaving two sons, John and Henry. John Tod is president of the American Belting Company, vice president of the Falcon Bronze Company, and secretary of the Republic Rubber Company, with office at No. 35 Central Square, the same location being the office of the Henry Tod estate, of which he is one of the executors. The youngest son, Henry Tod, Jr., was killed on October 8, 1902, in an automobile accident. In 1891 the late Henry Tod was married, second, to Lucretia Van Fleet, who is a daughter of John Van Fleet, a sketch of whom will be found in this volume. Mrs. Tod still occupies the family home on Lincoln avenue.

The late Henry Tod was largely instrumental in bringing to the vicinity of Youngstown, a number of its important industries. It was through his influence, to a considerable degree, that the county seat was removed from Canfield to the more central location at Youngstown, and the building of the court house resulted from his agitation of the subject. The history of the rise and successful development of one of the city's financial institutions, the Second National Bank, forms an interesting part of the story of his life and is connected with the expansion of many of Youngstown's prosperous enterprises. He was elected its first president and for 29 years, as has already been mentioned, he continued to serve in that capacity. He was notably interested in the advancement of every project by which Youngstown could be substantially improved, and in this connection may be mentioned his activity in the building of the present large Opera House.

The late Henry Tod was a man of Christian living, and although he never identified himself with any particular sect or advocated any one creed, he was confident that there was good in all and was ready to contribute to the benevolent enterprises of every denomination. He was charitable, lavishly so, but to him it was as a simple every day duty, nothing to herald abroad to make himself conspicuous among men. He was a man of personal courage and of indomitable will. Long he controlled others and when mortal sickness came upon him, he no less was able to control himself, and calmly awaited a summons he was able to see before him in the immediate future, Henry Tod died as he had lived, a worthy son of a worthy father. Mr. Tod's portrait accompanies this sketch.

20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens,
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Youngstown, Ohio
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897

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