Biography of William Tod
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

WILLIAM TOD. Among the prominent citizens of Youngstown, Ohio, none stood higher in public esteem than did the late William Tod, who not only reflected the virtues of an eminent parentage, but in his own personality displayed the noble qualities which Americans reverence in their public men. William Tod was born at Warren, Ohio, July 30, 1843, and was the youngest son of David and Maria (Smith) Tod and a grandson of George and Sally (Isaacs) Tod.

The Tod family was already one of prominence in Connecticut as early as 1773, the date of the birth of Judge George Tod, the grandfather of the late William Tod. Judge Tod became an eminent jurist in the Western Reserve, and the father of Governor David Tod, one of the most notable in a long line of distinguished chief executives of Ohio.

David Tod, father of the late William Tod, was born at Youngstown, Ohio, February 21, 1805. In 1827 he was admitted to the bar at Warren, Ohio, and there engaged in the practice of his profession until 1848, when he was appointed by President Polk. United States minister to Brazil. He remained in South America for five years, returning to his native land covered with diplomatic honors, and in 1861 was elected governor of Ohio. The larger part of his life was given to eminent services to his state and country at large, and when he passed away in 1868, at his quiet horn; Brier Hill farm, he was a man of national fame.

On July 24, 1832, David Tod was united in marriage with Maria Smith, and the children born to them were: Charlotte, who died in Mississippi, in 1868, and who was the wife of General Kautz, of the United States army; John, formerly a prominent resident of Cleveland, but now deceased; Henry, who died February 20, 1905, and a sketch of whom will be found in this volume, who was prominent in the manufacturing world and was vice president of the Brier Hill Iron & Coal Company; George, a sketch of whom will be found in this work, who is president of the Brier Hill Iron & Coal Company; William, who is the subject of the present sketch; Grace, who is the wife of Hon. George F. Arrel, of the well known law firm of Arrel, Wilson, Roland & Harrington, a sketch of whom will be found in this work; and Sallie, a resident of Youngstown.

William Tod was mainly educated at Columbus, and after completing a collegiate course, entered the foundry business. This was the opening of an opportunity for the accumulation of a large fortune, and led to his becoming so closely identified later with the iron and steel industries of the Mahoning Valley. He was one of the original partners of the company which organized and built the foundry which stood on the present site of the Youngstown Steel Casting Works, and later he became a partner, with John Stambaugh, in the Hamilton foundry. In 1900, when that business was incorporated, he withdrew from partnership, but continued to be interested in the building of engines and in related industries, was a director in the Brier Hill Iron & Coal Company and was president of the William Tod Company. His death occurred April 27, 1905.

In 1869 Mr. Tod was married to Frances Barnhisel. Mrs. Tod has two sons, David and Frederick. Mrs. Tod and son Frederick reside at the spacious old family mansion at No. 238 Lincoln avenue, Youngstown. David married Anna Stambaugh and they reside at their country home in Trumbull county.

Although William Tod was first and foremost a business man, he found other avenues of enjoyment and usefulness, for he was a lover of books, fond of congenial social companionship and found pleasure in occasional travel. He was a valued member of the order of Elks and was in hearty accord with the objects of the Young Men's Club, with which he was long identified. To public affairs he gave the attention which an intelligent, public spirited citizen deems his duty, and was a staunch Republican. His friends were legion and they knew him as a loyal, generous and considerate companion.

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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