Biography of Edwin S. Nail
North Central Ohio Biographies

Edwin S. Nail, president of The Farmers Savings and Trust Company of Mansfield, and president and manager of The Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company, also of Mansfield, is one of the prominent and successful business men in Richland County and a civic leader in that community. He was born near Mansfield in Madison Township, Nov. 2, 1859, and is the son of Samuel and Jane (Peters) Nail.

Samuel Nail was a native of Richland County and his early education was received in the district schools of that county. Subsequently he attended Oberlin College, after leaving which he engaged in the teaching profession for some time, serving as superintendent of the Madison Township Schools. He was an ordained minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church but never followed that calling. His business during his mature life was that of a builder, at which he was remarkably successful. He enlisted at the outbreak of the Civil War and served as a second lieutenant until such time as he was honorably discharged because of ill health. He was a staunch advocate of the principles of the Republican party. Jane (Peters) Nail, the wife of Samuel Nail, was born at Trenton, N. J. Both are buried in Mansfield Cemetery. To this union were born Anna Louise, married Charles D. Ettinger, long an officer of the Murphy Varnish Company, both now deceased; Mary E., the widow of Rev. W. C. Dawson, residing at Lakewood, Ohio; Sarah J., the widow of Solomon S. Balliet, living at Mansfield, Ohio; Chas. Wesley, deceased; Alice, deceased; Edwin S. Nail and his twin sister, Emma B. Nail, both residing in Mansfield.

Edwin S. Nail attended the district schools of Richland County, the Mansfield public schools and Baldwin Wallace College at Berea, Ohio. Under his father's instruction he learned the carpenter's trade and was actively employed in that trade for some years.

In 1883 he purchased the lumber yard of the old established firm of McVey and Allison and conducted that business under the name of Nail and Connelly Lumber Company. Subsequently this business was incorporated as The Mansfield Lumber Company and is now perhaps the largest lumber concern in the city of Mansfield, Mr. Nail being the president.

The Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company was started by Mr. Nail in 1895. In the beginning it was small, confining its business to the State of Ohio and to the lumber trade exclusively. It has grown into a nationally known institution with a surplus in 1930 of over one million dollars and doing business throughout the United States and the Dominion of Canada. Throughout all these years Mr. Nail has been its only president and manager.

For a number of years Mr. Nail was a director of The Farmers National Bank, eventually becoming its president and serving in such capacity until that bank was succeeded by The Farmers Savings and Trust Company, of which he has been president for a period of 15 years.

Mr. Nail, in partnership with William Isaly, organized The Isaly Dairy Companies of Youngstown, Marion and Mansfield and is the vice president of each of these corporations.

Mr. Nail is a director of The Richland Hotel Company, The MansfieldLeland Operating Company and The Lumber Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Boston, Mass.

In 1890 Mr. Nail was united in marriage with Miss Minnie A. Mason, the daughter of Dr. Milton T. and Harriet Hedges Mason. Doctor Mason, now deceased, was a native of Ashland County, Ohio, and was for many years a leading physician of Mansfield. His wife, also deceased, was a descendant of Gen. James Hedges, one of the founders of the city of Mansfield.

To Edwin S. and Minnie A. (Mason) Nail were born two children: 1. Harriet H., a graduate of Chevy Chase College, Washington, D. C. She married William H. Seiler, who is now engaged in the real estate business in the city of Mansfield. To this union were born three sons, Edwin, William and Justin. 2. Charles Edwin Nail was graduated from Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., and was a member of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. He is an assistant secretary of The Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company of Mansfield, and assistant to the manager of that institution. In 1928 he was married to Miss Margaret MacLean of Wilmette, Ill.

Edwin S. Nail has at times within the last several years been president of the Chamber of Commerce of the city of Mansfield and a director of the Westbrook Country Club. He is a director of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Governor's Committee on Taxation.

Mr. Nail belongs to Mansfield Lodge, No. 35, Free and Accepted Masons; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M.; Mansfield Council; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21; and Dayton Consistory, 32nd degree. He is an active member of the Central Methodist Episcopal Church in the city of Mansfield, on the Official Board of that church and was a delegate to the General Conference of that denomination held in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1920, and at Springfield, Mass., in 1924.

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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