Nathan, Gratz, lawyer of 261 Broadway, N.Y. City; born N.Y. City, May 25,
1843; son Jonathan and Rebecca Gratz (Moses) Nathan; grad. Columbia Coll., A.B.,
1861, A.M.. 1864; married N.Y. City, Nov. 6, 1867, Eudora Hart; one daughter,
Constance. In active practice since admission to bar. in 1864; assistant
corporation counsel, City of N.Y., 1867-72. Democrat; Israelite. Member N.Y. Law
Inst., N.Y. .Genal. and Biog. Soc.. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia Coll.
Alumni Ass'n, St. Nicholas Soc.; trustee (vestryman) Congregation Shearith
Israel; director Hebrew Relief Soc. Club: National Democratic.
Olcott, Eben Erskine, mining engineer of New York City, was born in New
York City, March 11, 1854; son John N. and Euphemia Helen (Knox) Oleott;
educated Old Public School No. 35; Coll. City of N.Y., Columbia Univ. School of
Mines, 1874; married, N.Y. City, 1884, Katharine Lawrence Van Santvoord;
children: Alfred V. S. Van Santvoord, born 1886; Charles T., born 1889; Mason,
born 1893, Katharine L., born 1896. Has traveled extensively in South America
and Mexico, principally on mining trips; member firm Oleott & Corning.
President, general manager and director Hudson River Day Line (steamboats);
president and director Mary Powell Steamboat Co.; director Lincoln National
Bank; Catskill Mountain Railway Co.; Cairo R. R. Co.; Otis Elevating Co.;
trustee Lincoln Safe Deposit Co. Republican. Member Reformed (Dutch) Church;
member American Institute Mining Engineers (past pres.), United Engineering Soc.
(past pres.), American Society Civil Engineers; vice-president George Junior
Republic; treasurer Laymen's Missionary Movement. Clubs: University, Union
League, Engineers, Down Town.
Olmsted, William Beacon, head master Pomfret school of Connecticut, was
born Feb. 26. 1864. in New York City. In 1887 he received the degree of A.B.
from Trinity College; in 1908 received the honorary degree of A.M. from Yale
University; and in 1910 the honorary degree of L.H.D. from Trinity College; in
1887-97 he was master of St. Mark's School of Southboro, Mass.; and since 1897
has been head master of the Pomfret School at Pomfret, Conn. In 1908 he was
ordained deacon, and in 1900 was ordained priest in the Protestant Episcopal
Opdyke, George Howard, lawyer and financier of N.Y. City, where he was
born, 1867; son of Sylvester H. and Elizabeth (Morey) Opdyke; Opdyke family were
among the original Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam (now New York) ; graduated
from Wesleyan University. Middleton, Conn.. Ph.B.; Columbia University. M.A.;
New York University, Ph.D., Columbia Law School. Admitted to Georgia bar, 1893;
engaged in railway, mining and industrial development in South and West.
President, Oregon Railroad and Navigation Co., Rector Gas Lamp Co., New South
Mining and Development Co.. vice-president Yreka & Scott Vallev Railroad Co.,
Farnam Cheshire Lime Co.
Owen, William Henry, Jr., clergyman of New York City; born Oct. 11, 1874,
N.Y. City; son William Henry and Mary Lavinia (Brooks) Owen; graduated Yale
Univ., B.A., 1897, M.A.. 1899; Gen. Theol. Sem., N.Y. City, B.D., 1903. Was
assistant minister St. Thomas' Church. N.Y. City, 1901-06; since, rector Trinity
Church, Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; has traveled extensively in United States, Europe and
Canada. Progressive; Episcopalian. Member Sons of the Revolution, Soc. Colonial
Wars, N.Y. Churchman's Ass'n; Mt. Vernon Ministers Ass'n; Municipal Art
Commission City of Mt. Vernon. Recreations: General outdoor sports. Club: Yale.
Paltsits, Victor Hugo, historian and librarian of 1855 Morris Ave., New York
City, was born July 12, 1867, in New York City. He was connected with the Lenox
Library in 1888-1907; assistant in the reading room in 1890; sub-librarian in
1893-1907; title changed to assistant librarian in 1896: nominated July 15 and
commissioned July 24, 1907, by Governor Hughes, state historian of New York, and
in that office till May 22, 1911. Editor The Journal of Capt. William Pote, Jr.,
1745-47 (N.V. 1896); Peoples Relating to the Siege of Charleston; Captivity of
Captain John Gyles, 1689-97 (in preparation); Captivity of Nehemiah How
(Cleveland. 1904). Author Contributions to Bibliography of the Lettres
Edifiantes (Cleveland 1900); Bibliography of the Separate and Collected Works of
Philip Freneau (N.Y. 1903). Since June, 1911, he has been connected with I. N.
Phelps Stokes on extensive work, The Iconographv of Manhattan Island, 1609-1909;
chairman committee New York Historical Society, N.Y. Library Club, 1912-14.
Patten, Thomas Gedney, congressman, was born Sept. 12, 1861, in New York
City. He is president of the New York and Long Branch Steamboat Company. He was
elected to the sixty-second and sixty-third congresses as a democrat; and
resides in New York City.
Paulding, Charles C., lawyer; born New York City, Dee. 10, 1868; son William
H. and Anne (Depew) Paulding; grad. Yale Univ., A.B., 1889 (honors in English
literature); unmarried. Solicitor N.Y. Central & Hudson R.R.R. Co. Republican.
Mem. N.Y. Bar Ass'n; N.Y. State Bar Ass'n; Westchester County Bar Ass'n. Clubs:
Transportation, University, Yale, Ardsley, Republican, Union League,
Metropolitan (Washington, D.C.) Address: Ardsley-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Pell, Howland Haggerty, banker and broker of New York City, where he was
born May 30, 1872; son of John H. and Caroline E. (Hyatt) Pell; attended
Flushing Institute, Flushing, L.I.; married, N.Y. City, Nov. 27, 1895, Mary W.
Willets; children: Howland H., Jr., Orlie Anna H., Mary Willets. Alember of firm
of -S. H. P. Pell & Co., also member New York Stock Exchange. Served for three
years in 2d Division N.Y. State Naval Militia. Republican; Episcopalian. Member
Society of Colonial Wars, St. Nicholas Society, New York Historical Society,
American Geographical Society, Sons of Veterans. Clubs: Union, N.Y. Yacht,
Calumet, Automobile of America, New York Athletic, Garden City Golf. Oakland
Golf. Turf and Field, Rockaway Hunting. Residence: Westhury, L.I.
Phelan, Thomas A., importer; born in New York City; son of Michael Phelan
and Marie A. (Jacobs) Phelan. He was graduated from St. Francis' Xavier College,
New York City, as A.B. and A.M. At the age of twenty-four he became a partner
with E. W. Tiers and Company, afterward a member of the firm of George W. Lane
and Company, now the oldest tea importing house in the United States. He is the
originator of the present law against the admission of spurious and adulterated
tea. which has worked a great reform by eliminating spurious importations and
safeguarding the consumer. He was elected first president of the National Tea
Association and was first chairman of tea experts, appointed by the Government
under the new law. Mr. Phelan is senior member of the firm of George W. Lane and
Company, and is a member of the New York Chamber of Commerce, Xavier Alumni
Association. He is also trustee of the American Asiatic Association, was one of
the founders and one of the board of trustees of the City Club. His favorite
recreations are golf. music, medicine, traveling, and he is a member of the
City, Down Town, Richmond County and Country dubs. Mr. Phelan married in New
York City, April 24. 1879, Katherine A. L. Keane, and their children are: Paul
L., Harold L., Thomas A., Jr., and Alfred C. City residence: 107 West
Seventy-sixth St.. New York City. Country residence: Larehmont Manor, N.Y.
Office address: 140-142 Pearl St., N.Y.
Phoenix, Lloyd, ex-officer of the United States Navy; born in New York,
1841; entered Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1857; was graduated in 1861 after
full four year course; warrant as midshipman, June 1, 186l ; warrant as master,
July 18. 1861; commission of lieutenant, July 15, 1862; resigned, June 27, 1865.
The exigencies of the Government required that cadets at the academy should be
placed on board ship at the earliest practicable moment, and hence we find young
Phoenix serving as a lieutenant a little more than a year after his entry into
the navy. For the ensuing three years Lieutenant Phoenix was engaged in many
contests which called for the best qualifies of the sailor. So long as he was in
active service. with the stimulus of having to face an actual foe, he was well
content and found a keen enjoyment in the discharge of his duties. But after the
war came the beginning of those doldrums which cost the navy many officers of
fine prominence, such as Nicholson Katie. H. P. Belmont. Jacob Miller,
Butler Duncan and others. So Lieutenant Phoenix resigned his commission, with
many others, but not the love Iip had acquired for the sea, for if ever a man
was by nature and habit wedded to the ocean, such a one was Lieutenant Phoenix.
He became a member of the New, York Yacht Club, and has spent much of his life
on the water. He is owner of the Intrepid, a three-masted schooner, with
auxiliary screw, for use in time of calms, with which he has cruised in many
seas. While on one of his cruises Mr. Phoenix was enabled to render valuable
assistance in rescuing the officers and crew of the wrecked United States
man-of-war Kearsarge, which had been driven on a reef in the West Indies, during
a storm, and had become a total wreck. For this humane act. he was thanked by
the authorities. When not cruising, Mr. Phoenix is very fond of driving fast
horses, of which he is the owner of several fine specimens, and he is often seep
driving one of these on the Speedway. He is a connoisseur in art, and has a
valuable collection of paintings, bric-a-brac, and objects d'art. He is a member
of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. and of the Union, the Knickerbocker,
the University, the Metropolitan. New York Yacht. Seawan haka-Corinthian Yacht.
Larchmont Yacht, Army and Navy, and Turf and Field Clubs of New York City.
Address: 21 East Thirty-third Street, New York City.
Putnam, Herbert, librarian of the United States congress, was born Sept.
20, 1861, in New York City. In 1883 he graduated from Harvard College; and he
has received the degrees of Litt.D. and LL.D. In 1886 he was admitted to the
Minneapolis bar; in 1892 to the bar of Suffolk County, Mass.; and in 1892-95
practiced law in Boston, Mass. In 1884-87 he was librarian of the Minneapolis
athenaeum; in 1887-91 was librarian of the Minneapolis public library; and in
1895-99 was librarian of the Boston public library. Since 1898 he has twice been
president of the American Library Association. Since 1899 he has been librarian
of the library of congress; and resides in Washington. D.C.
Lewis, Robert, . physician, otologist and rhinologist of 48 West Fortieth
St., New York City, was born March 8, 1862, in New York City. He graduated from
the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the medical department of the Columbia
University. He has been surgeon in the aural department of the New York Eye and
Ear Infirmary since 1901; has been professor of clinical otology in the College
of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University since 1908. He is a
contributor to The Reference Handbook. He is a member of the New York Academy of
Ridder, Henry, of 27 Spruce St., New York City; born New York City, Nov.
18, 1863; educated at De La Salle Coll., N.Y. City; married, N.Y. City. Always
in publishing business. President and treasurer The Catholic News. Democrat.
Catholic. Clubs: Catholic, N.Y. Press, German Press. Address: 27 Spruce St.,
Roosevelt, Theodore, ex-president United States of America, was born Oct.
27, 1858, in New York City. He is a politician and municipal reformer of New
York City; and president of the board of police commissioners of New York City
from 1895 to 1897, when he resigned that position to become assistant secretary
of the navy. He is the author of ''The Naval War of 1S12"; "Hunting Adventures
of a Ranchman"; "Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail"; "The Winning of the West";
"The Wilderness Hunter"; "Essays on Practical Politics"; "History of the City of
New York"; and "Lives of Thomas H. Benton and Gouverneur Morris." During the
Spanish-American War he served with distinction as colonel of the Rough Riders.
In 1898 he was elected governor of the state of New York. In 1900 ho was
unanimously nominated and subsequently elected vice-president of the United
States as a republican. Upon the death of President McKinley in 1901 he became
president of the United States; and in 1904 was elected to the same office for
the term of 1905-09.