Biography of Reid Carpenter
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Reid Carpenter. As a director of the Citizens National Bank and Trust Company, Mr. Carpenter is recognized as one of the prominent business men and representative citizens of Mansfield. He was born in this city, June 6, 1853, the son of Major George F. and Jeanette L. (Reid) Carpenter.

Major George F. Carpenter was born in Worthington Township, Richland County, Aug. 8, 1820. He came to Mansfield in 1842 and began the study of law in the offices of James Purdy, being admitted to the Ohio bar in February, 1845. The following two years were spent in partnership with Mr. Purdy and from 1847 until 1850 Mr. Carpenter was associated with Gen. William McLaughlin. Later he practiced his profession with Colonel Isaac Goss. He enlisted for service in the Civil War, April 6, 1863, and served until Nov. 12, 1865, being appointed paymaster of the Army of the Cumberland. He was discharged with the rank of Major and upon his return to Mansfield resumed the practice of law. He entered into a partnership with H. P. Davis in 1874. Mr. Carpenter was active in the organization of the Citizens National Bank, Mansfield, with his son, Reid Carpenter, and served as president of the institution until his death in 1901. He was married July 2, 1852, to Jeanette L. Reid, who died in 1889. Both are buried at Mansfield. She was the daughter of Rev. Robert Reid, who served as a chaplain during the Revolutionary War. He was a well known preacher at Erie, Pa. To George F. and Jeanette L. (Reid) Carpenter were born the following children: Reid, the subject of this sketch; Frank G., a nationally known writer, who died in Nanking, China, in 1918; John L., banker and broker, who died in 1884; Elizabeth, married S. E. Findley, lives at Mansfield; Daniel, deceased; and Jeanette C., the widow of C. S. Tandy, lives at Vevay, Ind.

After completing his early schooling at Mansfield, Reid Carpenter entered Wooster University, from which he was graduated in 1875. Two years later he was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan, and in that year was admitted to the Ohio bar. He immediately engaged in partnership with H. B. Dirlan, of Mansfield, and at the same time was associated with the Humphrey Manufacturing Company, of which he served as treasurer for a number of years. He was one of the organizers and at the present time is a director of The Ohio Brass Company. In 1891, in partnership with the late Hon. M. B. Harter, Rush Taggart, of New York, and S. R. Ford, Mr. Carpenter purchased the Citizens Electric Railway, Light & Power Company, of Mansfield. This company later built the Shelby Interurban Railway. In a few years the company disposed of its interests to Klybolte & Company, of Cincinnati.

Mr. Carpenter was active in the organization of the Citizens National Bank with his father, and after the latter's death in 1901 held the office of president until his resignation in 1921. The bank is now known as the Citizens National Bank & Trust Company.

For many years Mr. Carpenter has been interested in the breeding of pure bred short horn cattle, and for 15 years was a member of the board of directors of the American Short Horn Breeders Association. For three years of that period he served as its president. His fine farm of 1,000 acres is operated by the Ohio State Reformatory.

In 1889 Mr. Carpenter was united in marriage with Miss Clara P. Cornell, the daughter of A. B. and Lucille Cornell, natives of Youngstown, both now deceased. Mrs. Carpenter died in 1928 and is buried in Mansfield. Three daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter: 1. Helen, married Dr. John S. Hattery, physician, lives at Mansfield, and they have two children, Clara and John. 2. Jeanette, married E. R. Hartman, who is a member of the firm of Hartman & Spreng, lives at Mansfield, and they have two daughters, Barbara and Helen. 3. Amy C., married Dr. Marion Douglass, physician, lives at Cleveland, and they have two children, Reid and Elizabeth.

Mr. Carpenter is a Republican. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and Westbrook Country Club.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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